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Lakers Rumors: Evan Turner was on the verge of being traded to the Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers were extremely active heading toward the NBA trade deadline with a handful of players rumored to be traded. Steve Blake turned out to be the only Laker sent packing, but Chris Kaman came very close to be traded also. According to Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers on Feb. 21, Kaman was almost being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Evan Turner and draft picks:

Sources confirm to Liberty Ballers that the Sixers and the Los Angeles Lakers were in discussions for the former 2nd overall pick, and were looking for a third team to help facilitate the deal. The Lakers would have acquired Turner and multiple second round picks.

Ultimately, the 76ers chose to make a deal with the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger. With Granger going from a legitimate title contender to arguably one of the worst teams in the league, it comes as no surprise that he's seeking a buyout from the 76ers.

Now that Granger desires to be bought out, the 76ers might have been better off bringing in Kaman to replace the recently traded Spencer Hawes. Regardless of the move made by Philadelphia, Kaman remains in Los Angeles and Turner is now with a contender in Indiana.

With the NBA trade deadline having come and gone, the Lakers will look toward the NBA off-season and the 2014 NBA Draft. The Lakers will likely be major players in the draft with a potentially high draft pick. It remains to be seen whether or not the storied franchise will be active in free agency, but substantial changes will likely be on the way with this team trying to get back on track.

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