The Los Angeles Lakers have considered trading for several players, including a top star. The team has been linked to several players, aiming in the direction of both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has to make a move and the franchise will probably miss the chance to get these two.
Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that the Lakers have shown great interest in Eric Gordon and Buddy Hield.
Hield inked a four-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. They traded him to the Indiana Pacers earlier this year. Gordon got a four year deal with the Rockets. These two make perfect fit for the Lakers.
It’s interesting to note that the Lakers have already tried to get Hield. Pelinka made a move and traded three players to get Russell Westbrook. This was definitely a bad move… Russ made a lot of mistakes in the regular season and couldn’t really fit in the system. He even had a situation with Lakers coaches.
Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report supports Hield’s deal with the Lakers mostly because Darvin Ham needs more shooters on his roster.
“They’ve looked at other deals,” Wojnarowski said on NBA Today. “They’ve continued, I know, to check on Eric Gordon in Houston. That’s certainly a player that interests them. Buddy Hield in Indiana. Different kinds of guards. Shooting guards. Certainly both of those players, former Rob Pelinka clients.”
“Could the Los Angeles Lakers aim higher than Buddy Hield this summer? Sure, but only if they dangled Anthony Davis. Perhaps his injury issues could push them in that direction, but they won’t find a better player in return than a healthy Davis, who’s been a top-five NBA talent,” Buckley wrote. “If L.A. instead plans a summer blockbuster around Russell Westbrook and draft picks, then it needs to find players who better complement LeBron James. A net-shredder such as Buddy Hield would be perfect.
“Historically, James has done his best work when surrounded by a swarm of shooters, which makes it all the more head-scratching why this front office hasn’t acquired more of them. Hield could help correct that imbalance in a hurry. Since 2018-19, he’s been good for 3.6 threes per night on 39.4 percent shooting.”