Lakers reportedly declined trade of draft pick for Talen Horton-Tucker

Coming into this season, Patrick Beverley represented a kind of participant the Lakers have lengthy wanted round LeBron James as a 3-and-D level guard that had simply sufficient brashness to carry the celebrities round him accountable. What has transpired by means of the early levels of the season, although, has been Beverley underperforming and unable to make an influence on both finish of the courtroom.

While the yr continues to be fairly younger, it has been a disappointing marketing campaign to this point for somebody who was anticipated to contribute. Considering the Lakers traded one of their few belongings this offseason in Talen Horton-Tucker, it makes his disappointing play much more irritating.

And if you happen to’re trying for even MORE purpose to be pissed off, Dave McMenamin of ESPN offered some extra ammo lately. In his weekly podcast discussing the Lakers and Clippers with Ohm Youngmisuk, additionally of ESPN, McMenamin detailed a trade the Lakers did not do involving THT final season earlier than pulling the set off on the PatBev one (h/t OVOLakeShow/Twitter).

“I’m instructed that the Lakers had talks with the Toronto Raptors the place the Raptors late final yr when it already appeared just like the Lakers had been most likely out of it or, on the very least, going to be a low seed and would not have a probable championship path to go all the way in which, the Raptors would have traded for Talen Horton-Tucker. Traded a first-round pick. So, take into consideration that, the Lakers had one other first-round pick on prime of the 2 firsts proper now to play with to attempt to make this workforce higher…Now, of course, I’m instructed the trade would have additionally concerned Khem Birch so they might have taken some cash there and possibly Birch would not be one of the best rotation man for this group however that first spherical pick is so priceless and it is why they’re so hamstrung with what they will pursue proper now.”

Now, the noteworthy half of it will, and ought to be, the Lakers turning down a primary spherical pick. Considering how a lot they are not getting out of PatBev, buying and selling for Khem Birch in hindsight appears a lot simpler to swallow if a pick is added.

It ought to be famous that regardless of how little PatBev is providing this yr, Birch is doing much less. He’s performed simply seven video games this yr and 48 whole minutes. He has practically as many fouls (12) as factors (13) and fewer rebounds (7) than each regardless of being a middle. He supplies no spacing as a shooter and is mainly a non-factor for the Raptors proper now.

All that comes regardless of him being paid $6.6 million this season whereas being due $6.9 million subsequent season. The counter to that’s if the Lakers had been going to make any trade this season to enhance and use these draft picks to take action, Birch virtually actually would have been paid in that trade contemplating how few non-max contracts the workforce has.

Perhaps the Lakers felt they might get a greater trade bundle within the offseason or possibly they had been simply turned off by the long-term cash that Birch was due. It’s been a sentiment the entrance workplace has reportedly had all through looking for a Russell Westbrook trade and it is truthful to imagine that might apply to different offers.

But, man. Having an additional first spherical pick within the bag feels just like the distinction between this workforce having the likes of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner on the roster and never, or no less than another trade. While they could not have predicted how disappointing each PatBev and even Damian Jones have been, not doing the deal doubtlessly as a result of of Birch appears like specializing in the fallacious half of the trade.

Mark this one down as one other asset mismanaged by the Lakers in recent times.

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