Well, that didn’t take long.

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak had been fired and that Magic Johnson would take over as the President of Basketball Operations for the team.

Just a few hours after the change, Johnson and company made their first move to brighten the already-bright future of the Lakers, per the Vertical. To the surprise of no one, Los Angeles had been shopping Lou Williams to potential playoff teams.

After a few days flirting with the Washington Wizards and the Utah Jazz, the Lakers finally found a trade partner in the Houston Rockets.

In return for Williams, Houston will send the Lakers a 2017 first round pick and forward Corey BrewerWith the pick, Los Angeles has the potential to have two first round picks in this year’s loaded draft.

The Lakers currently hold their own pick as well as the Rockets, but could lose their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside of the top three in the draft lottery.

At the moment, the Lakers are 19-39 and are near the bottom of the standings with just 24 games remaining on the season. If the season ended today, Los Angeles would hold the third best odds entering the lottery.

Additionally, the Lakers also receive Brewer who is in his 10th season in the NBA. Through the first 58 games of the season, he has averaged just 4.8 points per game.

As for the Rockets, they are receiving Williams, who is in his 12th season in the NBA. For the Lakers this season, the sharpshooter averaged 18.6 points per game.

Williams has been on the Lakers since the start of the 2015 season and has averaged 12.8 points in his NBA career. Williams is under contract through the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Rockets are currently 40-18 and trail only the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Standings. Williams will join James Harden, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson to form one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA.

This is just one of the many expected moves by the Lakers leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline. Follow @ArmchairLakers for everything Lakers.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. It’s about time they did something! Can’t believe Magic is finally in charge. Hopefully one or two more trades roll in through before Thursday.

    • Trade them all!! I have to believe that the ill advised Mozgov and Deng deals, after both having playing time cut, served as the last two nails in the coffin. That and the abysmal record for the 4th straight year. Still feeling the effects of the Steve Nash trade as well. 3 years 27 million dollars 39 games played. And now we’re holding onto this top 3 protected pick for dear life. Good article, mate!

      • With the deadline coming on Thursday, more moves should come from Los Angeles in the next 48 hours. If I was predicting something, I would expect the Lakers to successfully move two of the three (Nick Young, Mozgov and Deng) before the deadline.

  2. I just got an update from Bleacher Report that said Paul George is interested in joining the Lakers and that the Pacers could be shopping him. Is there any chance of us making a move for him before the deadline?

    • Jeff, I really don’t think the trade for Paul George is going to happen. The Pacers would require Brandon Ingram, a first-round pick and one more of the talented young Lakers. That’s too much in my opinion.

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