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We will be updating this page with all of the NBA trade rumors concerning the Lakers so far.

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Every year, no matter how good the team is, there are always tons of NBA trade rumors about the Los Angeles Lakers. Even with the team possessing the best record in the Western Conference, this year is no different, as evidenced by the sheer amount of chatter surrounding Kyle Kuzma, and who the team might be targeting at the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

But how do we cut through the noise, and keep track of patterns in the rumors? Well, for me personally, I like to keep a list of what has been reported by who so that it’s easier to critically think about the various leaks that signal what teams’ actual intentions are.

Instead of keeping said list privately, I’ll be updating it here so that anyone interested in making their own reads on things has a document to refer back to in order to monitor trends in the news.

So, without further ado, here is our (updating) Lakers trade rumor tracker, with links to our articles for analysis when possible:

Every rumor so far

Feb. 6 (DEADLINE DAY!) Update

Feb. 5 Update

  • According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, the Lakers are getting a ton of calls about Alex Caruso.
  • The Lakers and Clippers are reportedly in an “arms race” for Marcus Morris. The Knicks apparently want Kyle Kuzma, but seem to think they would need Danny Green to make a deal work, per multiple reports.
  • Multiple reporters also are saying the Lakers are interested in Markieff Morris, Spencer Dinwiddie and Dennis Schroder in the lead-up to the deadline.
  • Haynes also reported that the Lakers tried to get a deal done for Andre Iguodala, but he’s now heading to the Miami Heat.

Feb. 4 Update

Feb. 3 Update

Jan. 30 Update

  • Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported more details on the Lakers’ and Kings’ talks about Kuzma, and revealed that the Kings initially offered Nemanja Bjelica and a pick for Kuzma. The Lakers counter-offered, asking for Bogdanovic, an offer the Kings rejected.

Jan. 25 Update

Jan. 23 Update

  • Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal reported that the Lakers are among five teams to have expressed an interest in Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington so far. That doesn’t mean a deal will get done by any means, but he has been an oft-theorized target for this team.
  • Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports offered the first confirmation that the Lakers have checked in on another often-speculated trade possibility for the team: Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose. Given that the bidding for Rose will likely be significant because of how well he’s played this year, my personal guess is that talks on him won’t truly heat up (or get consummated) until a bit closer to the deadline.
  • Kuzma would likely have to be involved in either such deal — or really almost any realistic one the Lakers could make — but he claims the noise isn’t getting to him, reiterating recently that while the rumors “consumed” him last year, this year they don’t bother him “at all.” So take that for what you will.

Jan. 15 update

Jan. 10 update

  • Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Lakers have talked to multiple teams about Kuzma.
  • According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Kings aren’t in a rush to trade Bogdan Bogdanovic because they aren’t worried about him leaving in restricted free agency this summer. So that might be one name to take off the list for the Lakers, if that isn’t just the Kings posturing through the media.

Every rumor prior to Jan. 9

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