Within the final hour of the NBA trade deadline, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN stated that the Lakers have done a deal with cross-city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers that brings Mike Muscala to the Lakers and sends Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Clippers.
Muscala is averaging 7.4 points per game this season and adds some much-needed shooting to the Lakers. The 6’11 power forward/center is knocking down .342% from beyond the arc this season and is a career .365% three-point shooter. The Clippers acquired Muscala in the trade that sent Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday.
The deal also opens up a roster spot, in which it is understood that the Lakers will evaluate the buyout market. Carmelo Anthony is the name touted to fill the open spot.
21-year-old Ivica Zubac moves the other way, having averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds, both career-highs, throughout 33 games this season. Zubac had improved hugely after a slow start to the season, showing promise and cementing himself in the rotation since the end of December.
Michael Beasley featured in just 26 games for the Lakers, averaging 7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1 assist, per game.
By Matt Evans (@mattyyyevans)