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NBA Exec: This Lakers' Player Will "Probably Be Traded"

Kobe Bryant wearing a suit while standing at center court of the Staples center.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant walk out to center court during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It shouldn't surprise anyone that LeBron James has the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoff picture, as the storied franchise currently sits at fourth in the Western Conference. However, those lofty expectations will demand the team to think in a win-now mindset, which might result in the front office placing one young player on the trade block.

Obviously the Lakers would have to find a deal worth moving an intriguing asset, but in the event that they do, Brandon Ingram could be shipped out of town.

Despite having all the potential in the world, the former Duke star has been rather underwhelming this season. Not only does his playing style struggle to coexist with James, but his overall production has declined from last year.

With Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart developing a strong relationship with the four-time MVP, it could be time to think about moving on from Ingram.

From Bleacher Report:

"[Ingram] will probably be traded at some point, whether it's for a second or third star," another NBA front-office executive said.

The Lakers still have time to decide. Ingram is under contract for one more season at $7.3 million. After that, he'll be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2020 unless the team gives him an extension or sends him packing in a trade.

Ingram is currently averaging 15.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.

The Western Conference is up for grabs, and adding another proven star to play alongside James might be the best route for the Lakers. Nonetheless, there is still ample time for Ingram to turn his season around, as the team has 52 games remaining.

At the very least, this recent development should bring even more excitement around Los Angeles.