The Los Angeles Lakers have to secure their future and engage in serious trade talks. Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka did this on Monday as the Lakers pulled out a big move including Rui Hachimura. The franchise has made some huge mistakes this season and players lost too many games. Pelinka and head coach Darvin Ham have to improve their roster and get players who can actually help the team win games.
Jovan Buha of The Athletic made some comments about Pelinka’s future moves. Bojan Bogdanovic makes perfect sense for this Lakers roster. The Lakers have been linked to the talented player for quite some time.
“Detroit’s Bojan Bogdanović continues to be the name most often tied to the Lakers in league circles, but the Pistons are looking for an unprotected first-round pick, at a minimum, in a potential trade, according to league sources,” Buha reported. “The Lakers’ preference is to only give up a lottery-protected first for the 34-year-old Bogdanovic, though that could change when up against the trade-deadline clock.”
Lakers could trade for another big player in the future
Getting Bogdanovic would help the Lakers improve their game in so many levels. LeBron James and his teammates wants to win a championship with his team. The Pistons superstar inked a two-year deal in October. If Pelinka wants to get him, he will have to trade a few players and picks. Ham would gladly work with someone who averages 21.2 points per game while going 41.2% from beyond the arc.
The Lakers got a young player who can make a change. They gave up on Kendrick Nunn and some picks to Washington.
“His ability to play either forward spot helps balance the roster’s positional structure,” Buha wrote. “It’s unclear if Hachimura will start on Day 1, but the expectation is that he will start next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis once the rotation settles.”
Hachmura averaged 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game with the Wizards. He goes 48.8% from the field and 33.7% from deep.
“Adding both size and depth to the wing position has been a goal, and the chance to accomplish that by acquiring a player with Rui’s two-way skills and upside was an opportunity that doesn’t present itself often,” Pelinka said in a statement. “We want to thank Kendrick Nunn and his family for his time as a Laker, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”