A bout après un nouveau massacre, la décision de LeBron

The Lakers in discussion to nab a big scorer from the East!

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In check on the Russell Westbrook file, the Lakers cannot afford to waste too much time to complete their roster. So the California franchise heats up the phone with an Eastern franchise, hoping to lure a big-name scorer.

Ambitions are high in Los Angeles after the disastrous season that ended in the spring, to put it mildly. Thus, the arrivals of Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown Jr or even Lonnie Walker IV, without disrespecting them, do not meet the needs of Lakers who have sworn to remodel their roster in large widths to start again. . Problem : Russell Westbrook and his $47 million is still there, making it very difficult.

Determined to get rid of Brodie, who has no intention of sacrificing his superstar status even though he is no longer on the field, GM Rob Pelinka must redouble his ingenuity to find interested teams. The latest? Indiana, in full reconstruction, which could be a partner of choice.

Westbrook at the Pacers, and a scorer in the balance at the Lakers?

According to New York Post journalist Marc Stein, talks have been going well between the Lakers and the Pacers. After the option of a package allowing the purples and golds to recover both Myles Turner and Buddy Hield fell through, the Lakers fell back on another proposal. And they even put Talen Horton-Tucker in on it… to no avail:

In the event of a trade, Indiana would negotiate a buyout with Westbrook. This is another hurdle, because negotiating the buyout of such a colossal salary isn’t exactly the norm for Pacers owner Herb Simon. Within the league, it is rumored that the two teams discussed a trade centered on Buddy Hield, without Myles Turner, which would still require the Lakers to drop draft picks and Talen Horton-Tucker.

If this deal did not succeed, it is rich in lessons. On the one hand, the proposed package confirms that after having been reluctant to include Draft picks, the Lakers have now decided to offer them in each of their offers to “sweeten” the arrival of Russell Westbrook with the destination team. It seems obvious that Rob Pelinka has understood that no deal can materialize without these precious Draft compensations, so prized by franchises.

Plus, the inclusion of Talen Horton-Tucker shows how badly the Angelinos want to part ways with Westbrook. Long protected and considered a player with potential, THT is struggling to confirm. His rating remains attractive, and if he has to be sacrificed for the Brodie to go, then he will be. These developments all point to the obvious: the Lakers are desperate to get Westbrook out, who will taste very little of the game.he latest statement from Darvin Ham. Finally, the possibility of recovering Buddy Hield, whose scoring would bring a huge breath of fresh air to the Lakers, is necessarily appetizing.

The “Trader Westbrook” operation is in full swing at the Lakers, and the attempts are multiplying, ever more attractive. If the Buddy Hield track has not been successful for the moment, there is no doubt that the Angelinos will continue to prowl, in order to try to lock in this deal which would be so beneficial to them.

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