Josh Hart is the perfect commodity
There’s nothing harder sometimes than trading a player with promise, but in this situation that’s what the Lakers could do in order to acquire some much-needed guard talent and depth. Los Angeles could pair him with Luol Deng and give him a fresh start as a member of the Clippers.
Hart hasn’t gotten a lot of minutes with the Lakers, but getting a chance with the Clippers would be best for both sides. The rookie from Villanova would be able to use this change of scenery to try and establish himself as a legitimate threat and perhaps even thrive in a starting role.
It would allow the Lakers to acquire guards that they would want to keep in the long-term, especially if they land a superstar or two over the summer.
The Lakers have a young core with tons of potential, and unfortunately, as talented as Hart was in college and even with the promise he has as a pro, he’s the odd man out. Los Angeles could think about inserting Jordan Clarkson into the deal, but that would just be the wrong move for the Lakers.
Contrary to Hart, Clarkson has shown that he’s worth being a central part of this team, and he has dominating scoring wise for the team off of the bench and hasn’t let his foot off the brakes. Hart hasn’t done enough to stand out like Lonzo Ball or Kyle Kuzma, so again, he’s the odd man out.
He’s also a player that the Clippers should want if they do, in fact, do an overhaul.