Not even 12 hours into his tenure as Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson, has made a trade to build towards a successful future for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now that's what I call efficiency. According to Woj of 'The Vertical', the Lakers traded Lou Williams to the Rockets, and in return the Lakers acquired Corey Brewer and a first round draft pick. This is a steal for the Lakers, don't get me wrong Lou Will' is a hell of a player and will probably be the 6th man of the year, but he was a meaningless piece for the Lakers, so getting a first round pick in return is huge. Now, the pick is coming from the Rockets which means it'll probably be anywhere from the 25th-28th pick in the first round. Regardless, a first rounder is still going to be a good young role player at the very least, barring that the Lakers don't draft hot garbage, and who knows the Lakers got Jordan Clarkson and Ivica Zubac in the 2nd round, so they've proven they certainly know how to find solid talent late in drafts. A successful first trade by the new president of basketball operations for the Lakers, Magic Johnson.
Rockets should be more than satisfied with this trade as well. Scorers like Lou Will' are rare, especially when they come off your bench to be a spark, it takes a very unique player to do that. Rockets already have the #2 scoring bench in the NBA, with the addition of Lou Will' they'll be taking over the #1 spot in that statistic very soon. Rockets may have just punched their ticket to the western conference finals with this deal. Obviously anything can happen, but Lou Will' is definitley a great player to have come playoff time. The acquisition of Lou Will' won't push the Rockets over the hill and help them get by Golden State, it might make the series a little bit more interesting though. A win win trade for both team involved, a more immediate return for the Rockets, however if the Lakers can somehow get a special player with that draft pick this could be a trade we look back on and say that was an essential move to the Lakers current success. We'll just have to wait and see, for now though, hats off to Magic Johnson for being very aggressive in his role with the Lakers so early into his tenure.