“I’m told the Lakers and Pacers did engage in some trade conversations this week”- NBA insider reveals a Lakers

The LA Lakers have been repeatedly linked with the Indiana Pacers as potential trade contenders for Russell Westbrook this offseason. Although nothing significant happened, the door was not fully closed by either team.

The LA Lakers did their best to improve their roster in the offseason. Although they made changes to replace the older players they signed last year, their moves aren’t really worth paying attention to.

Ahead of the 2021-22 season, the Lakers were interested in trading several players for Buddy Hield. This should fix their lack of a reliable gunman in the area. However, their plans changed when both LeBron James and Anthony Davis pushed hard to trade for Russell Westbrook.

At Westbrook, people thought the doors were closing on getting Hield, especially after he was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Pacers. But it looks like the Pacers are still interested as they have reportedly been in talks with the LA Lakers.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, both the Lakers and Pacers have held trade talks involving multiple players and picks. The Lakers are unfazed by the Pacers’ demands for the two first-round picks. Instead, they will wait until the close of trading.

“I’m told the Lakers and Pacers had some trade talks this week and the Pacers have a requirement for two unprotected first-round picks,” Charania said, “…that price for two first-round picks just isn’t attractive to the Lakers.”

“I’m told that the Lakers and Pacers had some trade talks this week and the Pacers’ request for two unprotected first-round picks … just doesn’t appeal to the Lakers.” NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports on the Pacers’ plans to keep Myles Turner in the season.

“The Lakers realized this is a very important ball to use. If you’re looking at two unprotected first-round picks, you’ll have to wait and see exactly when it makes sense to trade like that. Right now, this Pacers package from Buddy Hield and Myles Turner isn’t what they want to trade two first-round picks for.

The LA Lakers will be looking at how to use the picks the Pacers were asking for at the close. One thing to watch closely is Russell Westbrook’s involvement in the trade rumors.

The LA Lakers learned their lesson in trading their future picks

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

When LeBron James joined the LA Lakers in 2018, the team immediately transformed from a rebuild team to a contender. While it wasn’t a quick change, the team took significant steps to achieve this status.

The team missed the playoffs in James’ freshman season, leading to big changes in the 2019 offseason. They Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and several future picks in exchange for Anthony Davis. It paid off as they won the 2020 NBA Championship in the Orlando Bubble.


However, due to fatigue, they were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 playoffs. After that, they decided to add another star and traded several players and future picks for Westbrook.

Now the LA Lakers have learned their lesson and stick to trading the assets the Indiana Pacers demand.

https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-i-m-told-lakers-pacers-engage-trade-conversations-week-nba-insider-reveals-lakers-pacers-trade-still-possible-says-la-lakers-can-decide-westbrook-trade-deadline?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I’m told the Lakers and Pacers did engage in some trade conversations this week”- NBA insider reveals a Lakers


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