Lakers Rumors: Rounding Up Trade Buzz on Robert Sacre and More

Just a few days into the new year, things are already red hot in the rumors department surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Never mind that the Lakers are a team more than 10 games below .500 in a competitive conference. Forget that Kobe Bryant is undergoing changes to his playing time to counter the harsh realities of age. 

This is about the future. Ask the New York Knicks how the approach is going, too.

It is clear the Lakers are on the hunt to do whatever necessary to improve the roster down the road, hence the foray into the fight for Rajon Rondo and the necessity that seems to be shipping away players such as Robert Sacre.


The Robert Sacre Saga

As far as tradeable assets go, 25-year-old center Robert Sacre is high up on the list.

In fact, the brass in Los Angeles are likely to scratch their collective heads if any offers at all come in for the former Gonzaga star.

Alas, the Cleveland Cavaliers might just be that team, as serious frontcourt issues may persuade them to make a move.'s Nick Borges provides the details (subscription required):

The Cavs have been trying to land a center and now they have options to get it done. Currently management can use the DPE, the $5.28 million Traded Player Exception from the Keith Bogans trade to Philadelphia, future draft picks or their own players to bring in a big man.

The Cavs have been linked with Denver's Timofey Mozgov, Memphis' Kosta Koufos and LA Lakers' Robert Sacre, but have not offered enough to tempt those three teams.

Sacre, a 7'0" and 270-pound enforcer beneath the rim, does fit what the Cavaliers need in terms of size and added depth off the bench in the right situations. He averages 4.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks on 14.4 minutes per game this year, all numbers that are down from a year ago when he took the court slightly more often...

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