Lakers Trade Rumors: LA Must Capitalize on Cavs’ Interest and Deal Robert Sacre

The Los Angeles Lakers might have an opportunity to deal Robert Sacre, and it's a chance that they must not pass up.

ESPN Insider Nick Borges (subscription required) reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have shown interest in Sacre, among other big men, in the wake of Anderson Varejao's season-ending injury. "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," Borges writes.

The Cavs are in desperate need of help in the frontcourt, and the Lakers' recent acquisition of Tarik Black makes several players on their current roster expendable. If not Sacre, the Cavaliers could potentially target Jordan Hill.

Los Angeles should try hard to swing Cleveland's attention away from Hill, as Hill is still a valuable player. At the start of 2015, Hill ranks 25th among NBA centers with a 17.12 player efficiency rating, per ESPN.

Sacre is far worse, checking in at No. 53 with a mark of 10.89. He has only been better than Miami's Justin Hamilton (7.78) and Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (7.76). This is largely because of shots like this:

Granted, Sacre is not gifted offensively. He averages just 4.2 points per game and shoots only 44.4 percent from the floor as a 7-footer. Sacre's minimal value lies mostly on defense and the hustle he can give a team off the bench.

He even told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times that his primary role on the team is to provide energy off the pine: "I'm really happy with how I've been playing. I know what my role is, to bring energy off the bench and make sure that there's no let-downs."

Energy can only do so much for a team toiling away in the Western Conference like the Lakers. They are dismal this season, and continuing to play Sacre is not going to help the team now or in the future.


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