Is it a good move for Lakers to give up 1st round picks for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield?
There are rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers won’t be pushing to move their first-round draft picks in exchange for the Indiana Pacers duo of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. However, is it the right decision for the team? Whether the rumor is true or not, the big question remains.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers had shown interest in moving their 1st round picks. But they seem willing to do so with the righty set of players like Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. Although not potentially leaning towards trading for the Pacers tandem – Turner and Hield.
Aside from the biggest trade rumor of Kevin Durant, the Lakers’ selections have also caused noise in the trade deals for the next season.
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Furthermore, the Lakers have already shown a hint of hesitation to go for both picks. It sets aside even a deal that could unload Russell Westbrook’s current contract. But it seemed like the team’s vision has fully transformed regarding the Westbrook trade talks.
Looking at the previous seasons, the Lakers had been the ultimate superstar. This follows their huge moves, such as combining LeBron James and Anthony Davis on their team. However, other star players like Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony have been needle-movers. Although, looking at it, not all their moves have been wise. This is to say that Russell Westbrook could have given a downright outcome.
With the rumors of the Lakers declining their first idea of trading in for Turner and Hield, sports analysts had been thinking the other way around. Most believe the Pacers’ blockbusters would fit perfectly at Lakers.
The Lakers may end up with this starting 5 should they trade Russell Westbrook 🤯
Myles Turner pic.twitter.com/OsUZbv5ELk
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 25, 2022
If this move transpires, Westbrook will move to Indiana. Indeed, this will be a game changer but at least a change of air for both teams. While for the Lakers, it will strengthen their center spot. It will also fortify the weakest part of their lineup.
Myles Turner’s record shows that he has adjusted well to the modern ball game. He has gone from his attempts of 1.4 3-pointers per game in 2017 to 4.4 per game in the last two seasons. He is also vital when it comes to defense. In addition, Turner is also the blocking champion.
Moreover, Buddy Hield is at 39.8 percent 3-point shooter. Indeed, he could fit in the missing puzzle of an outside shooter for the Lakers.
Considering how the two could fill in some missing pieces for the Lakers, a trade like this will bring the Lakers a higher chance of being an NBA championship contender.