Reports: Lakers land Muscala, eye Carmelo
NBA.com Global on Feb 08, 2019 03:42 AM
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Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac had been linked in the Anthony Davis trade talks for a few days now. He was reportedly dealt on trade deadline day as anticipated -- just not where everyone thought he would.
Instead of a trip to New Orleans, Zubac is reportedly headed down the hall at Staples Center. Zubac is headed to the LA Clippers with teammate Michael Beasley for Mike Muscala, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Clippers are trading Mike Muscala to the Lakers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
The Clippers picked up Muscala in their blockbuster trade earlier this week with the Philadelphia 76ers. In that trade, the Clippers traded Tobias Harris to Philadelphia for a haul that included Muscala, Wilson Chandler and rookie Landry Shamet. Muscala appeared in 47 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. He had not played in a game for the Clippers since being traded there.
Zubac has taken a big step forward in his development this season after an up-and-down start to his career. He is averaging 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in 15.6 minutes per game, but was solid in January (11.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.7 bpg in 17.4 mpg).
With an open roster spot, the Lakers will reportedly consider multiple players, including Carmelo Anthony, from the free agent pool.
The Lakers plan to evaluate the full buyout market once it takes shape, but Carmelo Anthony is expected to be among the considerations too, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Meanwhile, the Clippers will reportedly waive point guard Milos Teodosic to make room for the new acquisitions, and then waive Beasley afterwards.
The initial plan for the Los Angeles Clippers is to waive forward Michael Beasley, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 7, 2019
Los Angeles Clippers plan to waive guard Milos Teodosic, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 7, 2019