The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Phoenix Suns big man Miles Plumlee, reports Sam Amick of USA Today. The Lakers and Suns have been linked regarding multiple players over the last few years, most recently with reports stating the Lakers were interested in Suns point guard Goran Dragic. This is the first time the Lakers have directly been mentioned with Plumlee.
Plumlee was teammates with Ryan Kelly at Duke University. He's a limited offensive player who's playing just 18.6 minutes per game. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has directly mentioned the team's need for frontcourt help, and Phoenix could look to trade out of their current point guard logjam.
Talks have been quiet going into the Feb. 19 trade deadline, but Plumlee is another piece to put into any puzzle between the Lakers and Suns. The Lakers could look to get younger in their frontcourt with a prospect like Plumlee, but he doesn't stand out as a player the Lakers should actively seek out to develop. Hill's $9 million salary is a tough match for Phoenix, Ed Davis is a more polished player, and the Lakers may be interested in maintaining as much financial flexibility as possible heading into the off-season.
A package of Isaiah Thomas and Miles Plumlee works for Hill, as an example, but would the Suns demand additional assets? Would the Lakers take on that much salary? For now it's more rumor-ception until the deadlines final hours.