The Los Angeles Lakers are still thinking of Anthony Davis and the trade deal they were about to sign. The team is more than ready to get a new star to play alongside LeBron James, and Davis did his best to force a trade to Los Angeles. However, there is no sign about the positive response from New Orleans. Latest reports suggest that the Pelicans are asking for too many players to send Davis to Los Angeles. The trade deadline is days away, and the Lakers have made a few minor moves.
Shams Charania of The Athletic said that the Lakers have agreed to a trade with the Detroit Pistons before the deadline. This will send 2018 second-round draft pick Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second-round draft pick in an exchange for Reggie Bullock.
Take a look at the numbers, and you will understand the essence of these moves. Bullock is an excellent three-point shooter as he makes 37.1 percent of his long-range attempts. He does that on a $2.5 million salary. The Pistons are fine with this numbers as they have $125 million in salary on their books at the moment. Getting cheap alternatives is important for the franchise. Replacing him will not be easy, and they do not have the money to do so. The team is not tanking, they are just trying to improve.
Bullock is the only
consistent three-point hit. He has the highest percentage from downtown on the
roster among players who have played at least 125 minutes. The team plays two
big players most of the time, and Bullock can ensure their effectiveness. He attempts
6.6 three-pointers per game, and yes, the Pistons can really use him.
Does this mean the Lakers
are considering a backup plans to get Davis? They may spend the next days
trying to create the perfect conditions for the New Orleans Pelicans.