Sunday , Dec , 28 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers Looking to Trade Luke Walton?

Even the mighty Lakers aren’t averse to cutting payroll. That would explain the occasional rumblings I’ve heard this season about Luke Walton, one of Phil Jackson’s long-standing favorites in L.A., being made available via trade.

Shopping might be too strong a word, but the reality, in this economy, is that moving Walton would be difficult no matter how motivated the Lakers were. Walton is a role player scheduled to earn $21.6 million over the next four seasons after this one.

Yet I also suspect that Jackson isn’t too disappointed that the 28-year-old is still around, no matter how much financial sense it makes for the Lakers to make Walton available, with the emerging Trevor Ariza up for a new contract in the summer and L.A. perennially possessing one of the league’s highest payrolls.