Lakers would get future second-round pick

Updated: December 5, 2004, 10:25 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

The Charlotte Bobcats are in serious discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers about a trade that would send Lakers guard Kareem Rush to Charlotte for a future second-round pick, accoring to two league sources.

Kareem Rush
Guard
Los Angeles Lakers
Profile
2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
14 0.9 0.7 0.2 .200 1.000

The talks have progressed to the point that Bobcats general manager Bernie Bickerstaff decided to waive guard Eddie House on Saturday to clear a roster space for Rush. House was the Bobcats' fifth leading scorer averaging 11.1 ppg.

Sources claim that Bickerstaff approached House on Saturday and told him that he believed the trade for Rush would happen Monday. According to sources, Bickerstaff believed that Rush would take most of House's playing time and wanted to give House the chance to earn playing time somewhere else.

House should have a number of options. The Nuggets, Heat, Celtics and Rockets are among the teams that have expressed interest in House.

Rush is averaging just 0.9 ppg this season. Last year he backed up Kobe Bryant, but he's been getting just 6 minutes this season.

Being traded to the Bobcats could be the best thing that happens to Rush. Expect Rush to quickly work his way into the starting lineup in Charlotte. The team has a hole at shooting guard that it has struggled to fill this season.

Chad Ford covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider