We can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Los Angeles Lakers. Their playoff drought is now at four seasons and counting, but for the first time in a long time, there's reason for optimism in Tinseltown.
The Lakers have a lot of young, promising talent, and it doesn't take too strong of a stretch of the imagination to figure that they'll be good once they get a bit more seasoning.
Of course, other teams see that potential too, and according to Lakers president Magic Johnson, the vultures have circled in an effort to pluck a couple of their youngsters right before they're ripe.
Magic Johnson says "a lot of teams" were calling for Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. but said they're unavailable in trades. pic.twitter.com/oH74Xn0urW— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) September 13, 2017
We all know what kind of talent Ingram has the capability of becoming, and Johnson called Nance the team's "secret weapon." Outside of a deal that involved names like Cousins, George, or Anthony Davis, you can pretty much forget trying to steal these guys away from Magic.
He's working on a master plan.
Magic Johnson has high hopes for Larry Nance, making him unavailable in trade talks:— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) September 13, 2017
"Our secret weapon is Larry Nance". pic.twitter.com/vzjgb6FFuu
It's hard to call Nance a secret weapon when we've all already seen what kind of otherworldly athleticism he has.
If L.A. can make the core of Ball, Ingram, Nance, Randle, and Clarkson mesh well together, they could scare a few teams this season as they officially begin their ascent out of obscurity.
For now, Laker fans will have to wait and watch these youngsters develop, but don't get it confused, their time will come.