Down a bunch of gamers on Monday, the Lakers have been dealt one other blow towards the Nuggets as Patrick Beverley exited the sport with a hip damage. Injuries have examined the Lakers depth at occasions this season and the Lakers are nonetheless seeking to tackle a few of these points on the commerce market.
Let’s check out the most recent studies and rumors.
Patrick Beverley standing unsure
Down a viable beginning 5 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lonnie Walker, Austin Reaves and Troy Brown Jr. on Monday, the Lakers watched Patrick Beverley exit the sport within the first half after slipping and falling in entrance of the Nuggets bench. He was identified with a hip damage that head coach Darvin Ham didn’t have additional particulars on post-game.
“I do know it is his hip, however we cannot know (the severity proper now),” Ham stated, by way of Spectrum SportsNet. “Once we get him again to our facility and our folks actually get the possibility to do a deep-dive and have a look at him then we’ll know. And this stuff, adrenaline is pumping and you’re feeling a technique instantly after the sport, after which the subsequent morning is the true, tell-tale signal. So we’ll wait and see what our medical employees says as soon as they consider him within the morning.”
With Walker and Reaves already out for no less than one other week, even the Lakers with their gluttony of guards would begin to face some considerations. Excluding two-way guard Scotty Pippen Jr., the Lakers can be all the way down to Dennis Schröder, Max Christie, Kendrick Nunn and Russell Westbrook as guards if Beverley misses important time.
Lakers seeking a middle
While Thomas Bryant continues to be nothing in need of phenomenal this season and significantly since Anthony Davis’ damage, it additionally underscores simply how unhealthy Damian Jones has been. The pair have been purported to battle for a rotation or beginning spot in coaching camp however Bryant’s damage derailed that competitors.
But even in his absence, Jones was so depressing he fell out of the rotation when there have been mainly no different middle choices. As a consequence, the staff is on the lookout for middle assist with a few of their 10-day contracts developing, based on longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein.
Anthony Davis was enjoying extra middle than ever earlier than he acquired harm, and brilliantly so, however the Lakers look like exploring the 10-day contract marketplace for large males who’ve the flexibility to play beside him when Davis recovers from a stress damage in his proper foot. Former All-Star DeMarcus Cousins has already confirmed he is aware of the way to perform properly as a frontcourt associate to Davis.
As Stein notes, DeMarcus Cousins was or shall be introduced in for a exercise and may very well be an choice. Regardless of who it’s, the Lakers are seeking a giant to each assist in the time till AD will get again and to assist him keep wholesome as soon as he returns.
Among these choices nonetheless in consideration…
Myles Turner turns down contract extension
The large man most linked to the Lakers during the last 12 months or extra, Myles Turner turned down extension talks with the Pacers as he is set at no cost company this summer season, based on Stein.
Myles Turner, thus far, has rebuffed Indiana’s contract extension provides, league sources say. Ditto for Jordan Clarkson in Utah, the place sources say the Jazz got here into the season hoping to safe a brand new long-term cope with Clarkson earlier than he turns into a free agent this summer season. There are groups on the market naturally hoping that Turner or Clarkson (or each) shall be in play for trades earlier than the deadline. I do not see the Jazz buying and selling Clarkson; Turner’s state of affairs continues to be tougher to learn.
It definitely makes his future in Indiana much more unsure with the commerce deadline just one month away. However, Turner and the Pacers may nonetheless be working on a deal, based on Eric Pincus Bleacher Report.
“Two groups are patrons with their cap house, on the lookout for draft compensation to take on wage. The Spurs are keen so as to add by way of commerce, whereas the Pacers are nonetheless negotiating an extension with Indiana middle Myles Turner. If that stalls, Turner may find yourself on the commerce block once more.” https://t.co/OEgPmD1Mij
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 10, 2023
The distinction now versus at the start of the season is that the Pacers are literally good whereas they weren’t projected to be a playoff aspect. Currently, they’re the sixth seed within the Eastern Conference and nearer to a top-2 seed within the playoffs than out of the play-in spots.
Would they be prepared to half with Thruner figuring out it may price them a playoff spot?
Cam Reddish asking value decreases
The Lakers fixed pursuit of Cam Reddish has been halted within the final 12 months by an truthfully absurd asking value from the Knicks in a commerce. But after failing to accumulate a primary spherical decide for a participant they actively will not play, the Knicks are apparently strolling again their asking value, based on Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
The Knicks are prepared to half with Reddish for 2 second-round picks, league sources instructed HoopsHype. The Lakers, Bucks, and different groups have inquired concerning the asking value for Reddish, who was taking pictures a career-high 44.9 % from the sphere earlier than being benched, HoopsHype has discovered.
Second spherical picks are one thing the Lakers do have a superb quantity of in future years and it may very well be simpler to make a deal. They have an additional second spherical decide this 12 months and no less than one second spherical decide in yearly shifting ahead apart from 2026.
It’s additionally a extra affordable wager to make second spherical picks simpler to achieve on draft night time, because the staff has proven in recent times.
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