Update June 23rd 1:26 PM EST: In his latest mock-draft (insider required), ESPN’s Chad Ford says that the Lakers do in fact have interest in a trade along these parameters. According to Ford, the deal doesn’t seem like it is going anywhere.
The Lakers have strong interest in a package of Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young for the No. 7 pick and Steve Nash. But so far there hasn’t been any traction on that deal, according to sources.
Update June 22nd 8:30 PM EST: Eric Pincus of Los Angeles Times, who, with all do respect, is more tuned into this type of stuff than Russillo, has denied the rumor.
Also rumors of any sort of MCW deal to Lakers – I’ve heard aren’t accurate – but then lots of lies this time of year
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) June 21, 2014
Remember that time that it was a lock that the Sixers would somehow find a way to draft Andrew Wiggins, and Michael Carter-Williams trade rumors were more speculation than anything? Ahhhh, those were the days. And now, this may actually be a realistic scenario.
More Embiid fallout. Lakers could move Nash and #7 to Philly for MCW and T Young. 76ers would take Exum at #3. — Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 20, 2014
Ryen Russillo isn’t an insider, which is worth noting, but this isn’t Howard Eskin reporting this, either. Russillo, who is a host on the Scott Van Pelt show, is pretty reputable, and not the type of guy who throws things at the wall in hopes that they will stick.
Obviously the Sixers would be bringing Steve Nash back as part of a money-dump by the Lakers, in an effort to land the seventh overall pick, not because they are getting one of the top seven pointguards to ever play the game. How they would work the now injury-riddled 40 year-old in with Dante Exum, would also be interesting. Landing Carter-Williams, and moving the seventh pick, would seem to take the Lakers out of the Kevin Love sweepstakes. That doesn’t mean that this trade won’t happen, but it contradicts a report from Milwaukee’s Journal Times, in which two NBA execs predicted the Lakers would land Love.
As for the Sixers aspect of things, which is clearly more concerning to me, I hope Sam Hinkie knows something about Dante Exum that we don’t. I hope he is sure that Exum is going to be better than someone who has already won a rookie of the year and that at the seventh pick, they plan on taking someone that they believe will be a steal.