The Lakers brought on Magic Johnson to run basketball operations after firing Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak, and the five-time NBA champion hired renowned agent Rob Pelinka as his General Manager not long before this deal was executed.
After much chatter, it seems like Magic Johnson's first trade as president of the Lakers is nearly complete.
There is some peculiarness in the Lakers taking back Corey Brewer in the deal - he actually makes more than Williams and is under contract until the end of next season. Williams will have the green light in Houston and the Rockets attempt the most 3-pointers in the National Basketball Association, so while his value will take a hit next to usage monster James Harden, standard-league owners should hold onto him for now. However, Brewer's contract does extend into the 2017-18 seasons and will cost the Lakers slightly more than Williams' $7 million. According to a new report from ESPN, Washington could turn to Timberwolves guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad. Even after going 0-for-8 from three in his last four games, Muhammad holds a 48.6 three-point percentage going back to December 21.
Brewer, 30, is averaging 4.2 points, two rebounds and 1.1 assists this season in 58 games (eight starts).
Should the Los Angeles Lakers of made a better trade? Teams are trying to makes moves at the deadline. They're even thinner at the small forward spot than they were before, though, so look for a lot of guard-heavy lineups moving forward unless Morey continues shuffling parts.
Getting a first-round pick in return (albeit one that is most likely to be in the 25-27 range) was a good return for Los Angeles. But the Lakers gained an additional draft pick to complement a young roster that includes D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac. He has $7.6 million dollars remaining on his deal. "Lot of young guys that can really play".