$80 Million Lakers Trade Target Could Fly To Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Lakers weren’t really explosive in the offseason, but they can soon land a big trade target. The team had a disappointing record last season and won three games so far in the regular season. NBA experts discussed several trade options for the Lakers, and Myles Turner is one of them.

The Lakers have been linked to several players so far. They showed interest in Turner and many others. Yes, they wanted Kyrie Irving too. Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report discussed Turner’s current situation in the NBA, suggesting that the Los Angeles Clippers may get the Pacers center.

The Lakers tried to fit Turner in their scheme and Rob Pelinka planned to trade Russell Westbrook and a couple of first-round picks to the Pacers this summer. Sources reveal that this plan got stuck in the middle of nowhere because the Lakers didn’t want to lose their future first-round picks. Getting Turner could be an ideal solution for the Lakers and his stats are crazy. Unfortunately, the Clippers will probably get him in the near future.

“Much has been made of the perceived trade stalemate between the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Clippers may yet change the conversation entirely,” Pincus reported. “According to multiple sources, the Clippers have discussed targeting Myles Turner in the market. The Clippers are believed to be shopping some of their excess wing depth. They are less likely to move a ball-handling guard like Reggie Jackson or John Wall. Team governor Steve Ballmer has shown a willingness to pay luxury taxes—the need to pay Turner after the season wouldn’t be a deterrent for L.A.”

Lakers could see their trade target go somewhere else

Is Turner really the best option for the Lakers? Chris Haynes from Bleacher Report has something to say about this. Lakers fans won’t be too happy if Turner ends up joining their rivals. Their record is bad and Darvin Ham could use a skilled player on the floor.

“With the team’s trajectory trending south, sources indicate the front office is unlikely to attach those picks to a potential trade out of concern that such a transaction would not significantly change the course of the season,” Haynes reported. “It is not universally believed internally that a trade for Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner and sharpshooter Buddy Hield would move the needle to title contention, sources say.”