How The Lakers Could Bring Back Julius Randle Via Trade

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Few teams will be busier this offseason than the Los Angeles Lakers. After failing to make the NBA playoffs, the front office will be doing everything possible to get the franchise back to contender status.

LeBron James showed he still has something left in the tank but needs more help around him if the Lakers are going to be a threat in the Western Conference.

The thing that should be at the top of the Lakers’ to-do list this summer is finding a trade partner for Russell Westbrook. It’s clear he does not fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and his contract leaves LA with minimal cap flexibility. With him still on the roster, the Lakers can’t offer free agents much more than the veteran’s minimum.

One team that could make sense for Westbrook is the New York Knicks. They also missed the playoffs and could be looking to shake things up. Westbrook is a future Hall of Famer and would certainly draw spectators to Madison Square Garden on a nightly basis.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: 2 Trade Packages To Send Julius Randle To Los Angeles Lakers

A potential trade between these two teams would likely involve the New York Knicks landing Russell Westbrook in exchange for Julius Randle and Evan Fournier. After taking a massive step back this season, New York might be looking to part ways with its All-Star forward.

Julius Randle’s fit on the Lakers is a bit clunky, but they could make it work. If LeBron James goes back to point guard and Anthony Davis plays center full-time, they could roll out a jumbo-sized lineup that could cause matchup problems for opponents. Also, Fournier is an ideal second ballhandler and knockdown shooter to pair alongside LeBron in the backcourt.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: 2 Trade Packages To Send Julius Randle To Los Angeles Lakers

This deal wouldn’t exactly be a win-win, but it would allow both teams to move on from one of its major problems. From the Los Angeles Lakers’ side, it’s a scenario they should strongly consider.