Rob Pelinka has had all summer to make a deal that will remake LakersList by expulsion of Russell Westbrook and returning multiplayer. He obviously couldn’t find one to his liking and he made it clear since the front office has to be careful with such a deal because They only have one chance to get it done.
There have been rumors of Westbrook deals that the Lakers could pursue or pursue during the holiday period, such as Trade for Kyrie IrvingAnd the Trading with Pacers centered around Miles Turner and Body HealdAnd the Choice of three bands with Knicks and Jazz If those two clubs cut a deal with Donovan Mitchell.
Earlier this week, Tony Jones, Utah Jazz The writer won athlete, He suggested that another Jazz deal was on the Lakers’ table, but they rejected it. Jones wrote on Twitter That Utah was willing to tackle Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley, and Rudy Gay, the 2023 first-round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Westbrook and LA’s 2027 and 2029 first-round picks.
It’s a bit frustrating to look at that potential deal after looking at the jazz Like an offensive juggernaut in the winning opening match (Conley and Jay collected 29 points in a 9 out of 16 shot) and Bogdanovic was Detroit’s top scorer with 24 points, including 6 out of 10 from a 3-point range, in the Pistons win. But that’s just one game, and it’s worth noting that in last year’s playoffs – and the previous season as well – Bogdanovic couldn’t defend the traffic cone, Conley looked cooked, and Jay didn’t play any minutes.
Conley, 35, and Jay, 36, also have contracts that extend into next season (about $21 million guaranteed in total) that will wipe out any aspirations of the Lakers space in the summer of 2023.
Furthermore, Jones does not specify the 2023 pick for the first pound to come to Los Angeles. It’s fair to assume it’s not Utah’s pick, because – despite last night’s result – it was jazz in the Victor Wimpanyama lottery. As a result, the first event could have been in Minnesota in 2023, or worse in Houston, Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Consider the high expectations of wolves and Sixers This year, that pick will likely hit the 20s.
While it’s easy to see Pelinka’s justification for not wanting to make this trade — and again, there’s no confirmation that the Lakers received exactly that offer — there’s also a relatively compelling case in favor of the deal.
Connelly and Jay’s ages are less important when LeBron James is already 37 years old and in the window now. The underused goalkeeper who has made 38 percent of his three-pointers in his career seems like a natural fit for King, and Jay is at least a 6’8 winger and is mobile, even if the Lakers struggled with players of his generation a year ago. Bogdanovic is an outstanding attacking player who extends the floor the moment he steps onto the field.
For a first-round rebound, the Lakers are also giving the Lakers some flexibility in deals this season and into next, even if it’s expected to be late first, because it’s another business asset. So yes, the Lakers will lose their two best trading tranches in the future by breaking up the first two tranches in 2027 and 2029, but at least they will lose one in return. The Lakers could also draft a player at that spot and benefit from a successful scouting division.
The Lakers have been so transparent that they don’t want to make a deal for the sake of making a deal—they just want to make a deal that brings them back into contention for the championship, and this trio of veterans wouldn’t necessarily guarantee that. However, sitting on the Lakers’ current roster makes no sense and it will be increasingly difficult to defend as the team maintains its current level of play.