The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t make any major moves last offseason, but Rob Pelinka plans to trade for a big star. Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report discussed future NBA moves and one of them includes the Lakers, Buddy Hield, Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker IV, and Damian Jones.
“Competing executives term Buddy Hield as having been available since the Pacers picked him up in trade from the Sacramento Kings last February,” Pincus wrote in his January 26 article. “The Pacers owe him another $18.6-$23.3 million for next season, depending on incentives. That’s not to say Indiana is desperate to get off his deal, but “open to it” is arguably the best way to term it. The Lakers could still be a consideration—team executive Rob Pelinka is Hield’s former agent.
”The Pacers and Lakers have discussed a Myles Turner/Hield swap for some time, though Turner is still negotiating a potential renegotiation and extension with Indiana. Even after the Hachmiura trade, the Lakers can still get to Hield’s salary with players like Lonnie Walker IV, Patrick Beverley and Damian Jones. If the Pacers are happy enough to come off his salary and consider Walker worth a tryout, perhaps the Lakers can get a deal done without needing to send draft compensation.”
Lakers to trade for a talented star
Jovan Buha, Shams Charania, and Sam Amick of The Athletic reported that the Lakers wanted to trade Russell Westbrook and first round picks for Hield and Myles Turner before training camp. Pelinka changed his mind and decided to keep his unprotected picks.
Hield signed a four-year deal in 2019. He is an excellent shooter and the Lakers offense could benefit from his explosiveness. Hield is a 40.1% shooter from beyond the arc and 31st all-time in 3-point field goals. He is averaging 17.6 points while going 42.4% on 3-pointers this season. Is Hield the right player to join LeBron and AD? Of course he is.
LeBron needs a strong player along his side and getting Hield makes perfect sense for the Lakers. Let’s see how this goes.