Kent Bazemore and DeAndre Jordan could be bought out

With two days to go before the 2022 NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams looking to shuffle the roster.

Kent Bazemore and DeAndre Jordan are two names that have been popping up as trade candidates for some time now. After starting the season as starters, the two fell hard out of the rotation.

Even if they are not traded, their days in the purple and gold seem numbered. According to Jovan Buha and Bill Oram of The Athletic, the Lakers may soon be out of contract:

Besides trying to move Horton-Tucker and/or Nunn, the most likely next move for the Lakers would be to get rid of the contract of one of DeAndre Jordan or Kent Bazemore, either by trade or buyout, according to league sources. The goal would be to both save money on their over $150 million cap sheet and create an additional roster spot, according to league sources.

Passing from both players is basically a must for the Lakers. They no longer contribute, and parting ways would open up two vital spots on the roster.

There’s no guarantee the Lakers will land any solid players through the buyout market this season — they had Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore as buyouts last season — because time will tell who is available. The path to quality players is limited, so let’s see what awaits us in the next 48 hours.

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