Proposed Trade Gives Lakers $142.5 Million Star For Patrick Beverley & Lonnie Walker IV

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Patrick Beverley in an unexpected move, but it seems like Rob Pelinka is willing to trade him this season. James L. Edwards III of The Athletic discussed their chance to get Bogdan Bogdanovic. He could be the best fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The Lakers can get Bogdanovic, but they have to trade Beverley, Lonnie Walker IV, and a lottery-protected 2027 first-round pick to the Pistons. This trade could be a game-changer for the Lakers.

Lakers could eventually trade Patrick Beverley for a much needed star

Truth is, the Lakers showed huge interest in trading for Bogdanovic last summer. He played with the Utah Jazz back then, but they sent him to the Pistons. Bogdanovic is on a two-year deal worth $39 million.

“Finally, someone offers up a first-round pick!” Edwards III wrote in his January 25 article called “Analyzing Bogdan Bogdanovic offers for the Pistons ahead of NBA trade deadline” and it makes perfect sense. “The issue, though, as the general manager of a rebuilding team, do I really want to trade for a pick four years from now that I might not be able to make?

“Despite how this season has gone for the Pistons, Weaver has come in and added young talent and has pleased his bosses, who gave him a two-year extension this past summer. I’m of the belief that Weaver and his crew will turn things around in Detroit, but, man, four years is a long time from now. A lot of things can happen. With that said, though, having an extra first-round pick to use to pull off a bigger trade sooner rather than later is never a bad thing. Let me think about how I can replace Bogdanovic’s scoring punch, how I want to use that first-round pick and listen to other offers. I’ll get back to you on Feb. 9.”

Pistons won’t trade Bogdanovic easily

According to Edwards III, the Pistons will probably look for great return in this potential trade. Bogdanovic is averaging 21.5 points this season and this number could push the Lakers up. A much needed boost, right?