Lakers trade rumors: Potential targets to help LeBron James, Anthony Davis in LA’s championship chase

first_imgSure, Pelinka will do his job and scour the market for an ideal trade, but some conversations will end quickly once another suitor throws down a better package. A Collison or Rose type would provide a boost, and even those guys might be longshots.The important thing to keep in mind is that the Lakers aren’t desperate. The team as currently constructed could win a championship, and the players appear to be developing a genuine chemistry with each other.It feels a bit abnormal for the Lakers to be this quiet after the past few years. That doesn’t mean it’s the wrong strategy. The Lakers are trying rediscover a sense of normalcy following an emotionally draining week. That shift back to basketball doesn’t just apply to coaches and players — the front office has calls to make ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.Los Angeles finds itself atop the Western Conference standings, but there is always room to improve with multiple contenders behind them, including the rival Clippers. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka knows a fringe move for a role player could ultimately be the difference in a key playoff game. You can bet he is searching for a piece that would fit well next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. TRADE DEADLINE: The latest rumors and what to know for 2020Unfortunately for the Lakers, they cannot simply add another superstar as though this season is a Hollywood script free from salary cap implications.However, a few realistic targets could be obtainable in the right trade.What can the Lakers offer other teams at the NBA trade deadline?This is going to be the hard part for Pelinka. He doesn’t possess much in the way of assets.After last summer’s blockbuster for Davis, the Lakers are unable to trade a first-round pick, and the earliest second-rounder they could include in a deal would be for the 2023 NBA Draft. Los Angeles isn’t complaining because, hey, it’s Anthony freaking Davis, but the treasure chest is bare.Further complicating matters is the fact that Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can veto any trade because of the structures of their contracts. It’s difficult to envision a scenario in which one of those players would be willing to sign off on a deal to leave Los Angeles for a worse situation.That leaves Kyle Kuzma as the Lakers’ primary trade chip. The problem? He is only earning $2 million this season, forcing LA to attach more contracts to Kuzma in any trade worth discussing. The Lakers may put Avery Bradley ($4.7 million), DeMarcus Cousins ($3.5 million) and Quinn Cook ($3 million) on the trade block with Kuzma for that reason.Finding a workable trade isn’t impossible, but there will be challenges in any negotiations.Lakers trade rumors: Who could LA target at the deadline?Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kings ($8.5 million)Sacramento offered Nemanja Bjelica and a draft pick to Los Angeles in exchange for Kuzma, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, and the Lakers responded by asking for Bogdanovic. Obviously the Kings didn’t bite, and that might be where these talks end.The 27-year-old guard is capable of operating as a primary ball handler or spot-up shooter (37.8 percent on 6.9 3-point attempts per game). He isn’t a great defender, but his size (6-6, 220 pounds) and effort prevent him from being a huge negative on that end. He would slide in nicely with multiple lineups.Derrick Rose, Pistons ($7.3 million)Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported last month that the Lakers are among multiple contenders interested in acquiring the Pistons guard. Rose has been solid off the bench for Detroit, scoring 18.5 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting. He is one of the top drivers in the NBA, and that kind of shot creation would be extremely helpful for LA’s bench units.Robert Covington, Timberwolves ($11.3 million)The trade chatter around Covington being some kind of game changer is a little overblown. He isn’t prime Scottie Pippen.With that said, he is still a good 3-and-D option at the forward spot. His 3-point shooting is slightly down this season (34.6 percent on 6.5 attempts per game), but his numbers would probably see a jump by catching pinpoint passes from LeBron.One big issue: If the Wolves are seeking multiple first-round picks for Covington, as Marc Stein of the New York Times reported, that automatically eliminates any real hopes for the Lakers. UPDATE: Covington was sent to the Rockets as part of a four-team trade late Tuesday night.Marcus Morris, Knicks ($15 million)A 43.9 percent 3-point shooter at the power forward spot? Yeah, that sounds terrific, but Morris’ salary and a potential bidding war may cross him off the list.Sources: Knicks have remained enthusiastic about idea of signing Marcus Morris to a new deal this summer, but as trade offers become richer in assets this week, they’ll stay open to idea of moving him. Many contenders have interest in him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2020Does a buyout candidate make sense for the Lakers?Andre Iguodala, GrizzliesThe former NBA Finals MVP is making $17.1 million to not play for Memphis — which has clearly annoyed some of the younger Grizzlies players — so a trade would require some major financial gymnastics. The Lakers are hoping the deadline will pass without an Iguodala deal, giving them a chance at signing the 36-year-old for a playoff run. It seems more likely Memphis tries to flip Iggy for some sort of asset. UPDATE: The Grizzlies finally found a trade partner. They will be sending Iguodala to the Heat, according to multiple reports.Darren Collison, RetiredESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last month that Collison is interested in returning to the NBA with the Lakers or Clippers following a shocking retirement before the 2019 free agency period. Given the backcourt situations, Collison would likely fill a more prominent role with the Lakers. He could also land a larger payday because the Lakers can offer a $1.75 million disabled player exception (granted to the team after Cousins’ injury) as opposed to a minimum salary.What should we expect from the Lakers at the trade deadline?Not a ton of action.last_img read more

Central Committee elections results today

first_imgPPP’s 31st Congress…as members discuss amendments to Party’s constitutionA major shakeup in the leadership of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is likely when the Central Committee elections results are announced today.The internal elections were held on Saturday following the opening ceremony of the 31st Congress of the PPP, the first congress since the Party lost the 2015 elections.Central and Executive Committee Member Bharrat Jagdeo, who is also the country’s Opposition Leader, had noted during his feature address that these circumstances provide the opportunity for the PPP to examine its weaknesses and make changes where necessary to strengthen the Party.The internal elections govern the selection of members for the Central Committee of the PPP as well as the candidate members (nonvoting) members of the same Committee.The Central Committee consists of 35 members along with five candidate members.At the last PPP Congress, those who were elected to the Central Committee are Bharrat Jagdeo, Donald Ramotar, Frank Anthony, Anil Nandlall, Gail Teixeira, Navin Chandarpal, Roger Luncheon, Indra Chandarpal, Pauline Sukhai, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud, Ganga Persaud, Bheri Ramsarran, Hydar Ally, Irfaan Ali, Komal Chand, Ali Baksh, Zulfikar Mustapha, Clinton Collymore, Jennifer Westford, Dharamkumar Seeraj, Nigel Dharamlall, Neil Kumar, Shyam Nokta, Vishwa Mahadeo, Desmond Kissoon, Fizal Jafarally, David Armagon, Omar Sharief, Mohammed Hussein, Philomena Sahoye-Shury, Brian Alicock, Kellawan Lall, Kwame Mc Coy and Chitreka Dass.The candidate members elected were Collin Croal, Ronald Harsaywack, Ghurday Shivpersaud, Sandra Baldeo and Vickram Bharat.However, the PPP announced last year several vacancies in the Central Committee owing to a number of factors.The seat held by Robert Persaud was declared vacant after he resigned from the Party. Persaud had held senior portfolios in PPP/Civic Governments, including Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources.The seats occupied by Navin Chandarpal and Omar Sharief were also declared vacant. Chandarpal had passed away and Sharief retained a senior position at the Ministry of the Presidency under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government and resigned from the Party.The members who filled those vacancies are: Bibi Safora Shadick, Majeed Hussain and Harrinarine Baldeo.The Central Committee is then responsible for electing members of the Executive Committee of the Party, which consists of 15 members.During the Congress, every delegate is eligible to vote up to 35 times for the candidates of their choice.Leading up to the PPP Congress, there was much speculation regarding the changes at the helm of the Party.Analysts believe that Jagdeo, a former President and highly popular personality with the rank and file of the party, will secure the most votes from the delegates to serve. Ali, Anthony, Nandlall, and Teixeira are also likely to secure a large portion of the votes.The voting process has been completed and the counting has already commenced.The results are expected to be declared today as the Party closes the curtains on the three-day event, which was hosted at the Cotton Field Secondary School in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), under the theme “Strengthen the Party; Defend Democracy; Onwards to Victory.”Meanwhile, on the agenda for Day Two of the Congress, delegates considered amendments to the Party’s constitution.Also on the programme were considerations of and discussion on resolutions and political declarations as well as the consideration of amendments to the Party programme.The delegates also participated in a workshop on the ‘International Situation’.last_img read more