Why can’t the Lakers trade Patrick Beverley until December 15?
The day that marks when most NBA players signed this offseason will be trade-eligible is approaching and the Lakers are considering their trades
The unofficial start of trade season in the NBA is almost here and clubs are in search of prospective deals in the trade market as they keep a crucial date in mind.
December 15 is the day players signed this offseason will be trade-eligible, opening up more possibilities for teams to engage in deals.
This year’s trade deadline should be exciting for the Lakers who could potentially make a significant deal to strengthen their squad around LeBron James and Anthony Davis for a playoff run.
Lakers’ fourth highest-paid player on the team
According to sources, Patrick Beverley, one of Los Angeles’ biggest additions this offseason, could be considered by the front office in trade discussions. Beverly is the fourth highest-paid player on the team at $13 million and is one of the team’s vocal leaders.
Beverly is averaging a career-low 4.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game this season.
While Los Angeles could be keen on signing the 34-year-old, they also need supplementary size on the wing and a better big alongside Anthony Davis, in addition to the roster’s excess of small guards.
The Lakers can sign a free agent for the rest of the season or to a 10-day contract, which begins on Jan. 5. They can also take back an extra player in a trade. Whatever it ends up being, Los Angeles has to stick to the date available to trade.
According to the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), a free agent who joins an NBA club cannot be traded before December 15.
This season, there are 74 players who will be dealt on Thursday.