Heading into the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly focused on a second All-Star player and/or three-point shooters.
Leading up to Feb. 7, all of the attention has naturally been on trading for Anthony Davis. Despite a godfather offer which involved the entire young core and two first round draft picks, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka reportedly withdrew from further discussions due to ‘outrageous’ requests by the New Orleans Pelicans.
While the Lakers are still willing to engage with the Pelicans, Johnson and Pelinka are looking for other ways to improve their roster.
In search of a more consistent three-point shooter, the Lakers have traded Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons for Reggie Bullock, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
The Lakers are sending a 2021 second round pick to Detroit. https://t.co/aDIDK5A8ZJ
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 6, 2019
Throughout the 2018-19 NBA season, the Lakers have been linked to Trevor Ariza, Terrence Ross, and Wayne Ellington. While Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would likely have to be involved for those players, Bullock is in the final year of his two-year, $5 million deal.
Originally the No. 25 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Bullock has established himself into a reliable three-point shooter. Highlighted by being a career 39.8 percent shooter, the 27-year-old is shooting 38.8 percent on 6.7 attempts in his sixth season.
With LeBron James and the young core desperately needing shooters, it will be interesting to see what Bullock’s role will be. As Caldwell-Pope’s name has recently been mentioned, the Lakers reportedly discussed a trade with the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker.