The Los Angeles Lakers have to add a third superstar behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Both superstars missed significant time on the floor this past season. The Lakers need someone to step in when LeBron and AD are on the sidelines. Who is the first player to join the Lakers? According to recent reports, the Lakers may trade for a guard.
LA is looking to make a splash in the offseason. The front office has discussed the trade for Sacramento Kings sharpshooting guard Buddy Hield.
Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that LA has engaged into a talk with Sacramento about Hield. The new trade package involves Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Charania believes the trade has gained transaction recently. Several NBA teams may put their hands on the young forward.
Lakers to trade for a talented guard
Hield was averaging 16.6 points per game while shooting 39% from beyond the arc. The veteran also adds 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Charania shut down the rumors of the Lakers getting someone like CP3, Bradley Beal or Russell Westbrook.
“The Lakers used their treasure chest of assets — such as promising young players in Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, and draft picks — in the Davis trade with New Orleans in 2019, which makes a superstar trade for a player like Beal or a superstar signing like Paul impossible. … For the Lakers, the offseason is expected to be a quest for a third playmaker and shot-creator — not a faulty pursuit for a star player.”
The Lakers struggled to shoot this past season. This led to a big catastrophe on the floor. Things got worse in the offseason. LA shot 34.9% from deep in 2021 and ranked in the bottom third of the league.
Hield inked a four-year contract extension worth $86 million in October of 2019. There have been several rumors about his trade. What did he say?
“I see my name in trade rumors, but I can’t control all that,” Hield told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “That’s not my problem, that’s not my job. I leave that job up to [owner] Vivek [Ranadivé] and [GM] Monte [McNair]. That’s why we hire those guys to do that. My job is to go out there and play basketball and everybody’s goal is to get to the playoffs and win a championship.”