Heading into the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers focused on trading for Anthony Davis after his request to the New Orleans Pelicans.
While the Lakers made their godfather offer which included the entire young core and two first round draft picks, it eventually became apparent the Pelicans were not going to trade Davis. As a result, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka shifted their focus.
With the Lakers needing to improve their three-point shooting, they traded Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons for Reggie Bullock shortly after their 136-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Clippers are trading Mike Muscala to the Lakers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac, league sources tell ESPN.
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By trading for two shooters, the Lakers are moving away from their initial plan to dethrone the Golden State Warriors with tough playmakers. In addition, this second and final trade has opened up a roster spot, which means Carmelo Anthony is a possibility after he was recently waived by the Chicago Bulls.
While it is disappointing to not trade for Davis, the Lakers will have another opportunity to improve their roster in the buyout market. As players will need to be bought out by March 1 to qualify for the playoffs, there are a couple of names who have already been mentioned.
Wayne Ellington, who the Lakers have previously been linked to, was traded to the Phoenix Suns and is expected to be bought out. In addition, Enes Kanter and Robin Lopez are expected to hit the market.