Lakers Rumors: Analyzing Goran Dragic Trade Chatter and More at Deadline

Thursday's NBA trade deadline may pass with a whimper or a bang for the Los Angeles Lakers—don't put too much stock into it either way.

The truth is, general manager Mitch Kupchak and the organization are in this rebuild for the long haul, a refreshing approach as opposed to the instant-gratification ways of the past—which in part helped to get them to this point.

If the Lakers make a move, great. It won't be ridiculous thanks to a lack of tradable assets, but a smart complementary piece to combine with free-agent additions in each of the next two offseasons.

If not, no big deal.

Of course, the Lakers are taking the deadline seriously, hence the organization's name popping up in so many places on the mill with so little time left.


Miles Plumlee on Lakers' Radar

One of the key areas the Lakers would prefer to reinforce rests underneath the basket, which would help to explain why the team has an apparent interest in 26-year-old forward Miles Plumlee.

According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the Lakers are willing to look past the Phoenix Suns star's contract in order to swing a deal:

Plumlee averages just 18.6 minutes per game and a 4.3/5.1/1.0 slash line, all down from last season when he was a bigger contributor in the rotation.

The Lakers figure to have an interest in the Duke product because he is a cheaper alternative to Jordan Hill, whose time with the team figures to be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

With Plumlee on board, the Lakers could continue the youthful makeover and at the very least have a reliable rotational piece to contribute while growing with Julius Randle.


Lakers on Goran Dragic's Radar

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the revelation concerning Plumlee is that he might just be a part of any package deal...

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