Lakers Trade Rumors: The latest on Myles Turner and Bojan Bogdanović

As coaching camp approaches, and extra and extra of the dialog surrounding Russell Westbrook issues his position with the Lakers and how he matches with their newly-acquired guards Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schröder, it seems like a fait accompli that Westbrook will no less than be beginning the season in Los Angeles.

That does not essentially imply that the Lakers have stopped pursuing Westbrook trades, nevertheless it does not really feel like their coronary heart is admittedly in it.

One deal that has been mentioned advert nauseum since early within the offseason has been a commerce with Indiana, the essential development of which might carry again Myles Turner and Buddy Hield for Westbrook and two first-round picks. The Lakers have had curiosity in Turner relationship again to the commerce deadline virtually made a transfer for Hield final offseasonso it is really just a little shocking that nothing has occurred on that entrance.

Pacers basic supervisor Chad Buchanan stated Wednesday that he expects Turner to start out the season in Indiana. Reporting from Shams Charania afterwards revealed that this Turner information comes after the Lakers and Pacers re-engaged in commerce talks inside the previous week, however no ahead momentum got here from these discussions:

“I’m instructed the Lakers and Pacers did have interaction in some commerce conversations this week and the Pacers’ demand for 2 unprotected first-round picks has not modified all through the summer season for any deal that features Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. And immediately such as you stated Chad Buchanan the Pacers GM got here out and stated that they count on Myles Turner to start out the season with the crew at middle. And that two first-round choose value is simply not interesting for the Lakers.

“And proper now, they are going to be very cautious, I feel, of their strategy that they are going to take going into the season. There’s an extended runway with Russell Westbrook this crew has. They can see how the crew begins, they’ve up till the commerce deadline, he’s on an expiring contract. The Lakers’ mindset, I’m instructed, is that they notice that this can be a very important bullet that they are gonna have to make use of, if you have a look at two unprotected first-round picks, they should day trip precisely when does it make sense to make a commerce like this. Right now, this Pacers bundle of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner is just not what they’re prepared to commerce two first spherical picks for.”

The Lakers have held agency of their resistance to incorporate each the 2027 and 2029 unprotected first-round picks in a commerce, particularly if the return does not make the crew a no brainer contender. The “lengthy runway” that Charania mentions with Westbrook looks like a ploy by the Lakers to fabricate some leverage to allow them to retain a few of their draft capital. The drawback is that leverage is barely created if Westbrook performs nicely, and if the Lakers believed he was able to that stage of play on this roster, they would not be attempting to maneuver him.

While the Indiana commerce is on ice, the Lakers’ different favored commerce targets in Utah additionally seem unlikely to make their approach to Los Angeles. The Lakers have had their eyes on Bojan Bogdanović first and foremost, but in addition Jordan Clarkson.

For now, Bogdanović seems to be out of LA’s value vary. Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote Wednesday, “A supply near Bogdanović tells the Tribune that he expects to be traded quickly.” The solely participant Bogdanović could possibly be traded for is Westbrook, and Utah will solely do a Westbrook deal that nets two Lakers picks, in order that commerce is not taking place with Los Angeles. Larsen additionally reviews that Clarkson will likely be beginning the season to satisfy a task as a veteran who may also help “put the group on the very best footing”.

In concept, deadlines ought to create motion, and the beginning of coaching camp ought to have been the motivator for the Lakers, and numerous different groups, to finalize their 2022-23 rosters. As it stands, nobody’s making any strikes. The Lakers should hope that they don’t seem to be the one crew to remorse that call, and that some entrance workplace will come knocking shortly to revisit a deal that ought to have been performed throughout the offseason.

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