When the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James and constructed their roster in free agency, there was an emphasis on signing ballhandlers and playmakers.
While this has happened on occasion, James still controls most of the offensive possessions. However, although Stephenson and Rondo are capable distributors, the Lakers sorely lack a true three-point shooter and have been linked to Terrence Ross and Wayne Ellington.
With the Feb. 7 trade deadline quickly approaching, it appears the Lakers have one more shooter on their wishlist, according to Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times:
The Lakers have been among the teams that have contacted the Pistons about Reggie Bullock. So far Detroit hasn’t been very interested in moving him for what they’ve been offered. This is the last year of his deal and he’s making $2.5 million this year.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 2, 2019
Bullock would be a solid acquisition for Los Angeles given that he is shooting 38.3 percent from the three-point line on 6.6 attempts per game. That kind of efficiency on that volume would open up several more lanes for the rest of the team’s offense and allow the Lakers more room to operate.
However, several teams seem to be interested in Bullock and executing a trade for him may prove difficult given the fact that the Lakers are also looking to trade for Anthony Davis. The majority of the team’s assets will need to be set aside for a potential blockbuster deal, so coming up with a separate trade with the Detroit Pistons may prove fruitless unless they strike out on Davis.
Shooting has been an issue throughout the 2018-19 NBA season for the Lakers, so continue to hear more names connected to them in the coming days. A true outside threat could be just what the team needs to make a second-half playoff push in the Western Conference.