Lakers rumors: Los Angeles don’t think Pacers’ Russell Westbrook’s package deserves two unprotected first-round picks

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly spent a large part of the summer trying to trade Russell Westbrook – the Indiana Pacers have been mentioned as a potential student since rumors of a potential guard move began.

It is understood that the Lakers and Pacers talked about trading Westbrook for Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. However, Indiana reportedly requested that Los Angeles’ first-round picks for 2027 and 2029 be included in the deal, making it an obstacle in negotiations that the two sides could not overcome.

Chad Buchanan, general manager of the Pacers, said Thursday The franchise expects Turner to start the 2022-23 season with Indiana, indicating that negotiations with the Lakers are over. Athletic’s Shams Charania appears to confirm this is the case, saying the Lakers consider the Pacers’ request for two unprotected first-round games to opt for a playoff, via the gathering:

“I’ve been told that the Lakers and Pacers have been engaged in some trade talks this week and the Pacers’ demand for two unprotected first-round picks hasn’t changed all summer for any deal involving Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. Today, Pacers manager Chad Buchanan is out,” said Pacers. They expect Miles Turner to start the season with the team in the center. The price of a pick in the first round does not appeal to the Lakers. At the moment, they will be very careful, I think, in their approach to the start of the season. There is a long path with Russell Westbrook that this team has, And they can see how the team starts, and they carry on until the trade deadline. He’s on an expired contract and the mindset of the Lakers, I’m told, is — they know that’s a very important bullet they’re going to have to use. When you look at a couple of unprotected first-round picks, they should. Determining exactly when it would make sense to make a deal like this. Right now, this bundle of Pacers from Buddy Hield and Myles Turner is not what they would like to trade first-round picks for.”

The Lakers steadfastly refused to give up Valuable choices from the first round Just to pull Westbrook’s $47.1 million salary off the books, while maintaining that they’d only include both first-round runs if the trade moved the needle for them.

It’s also understandable that’s why LA couldn’t do it Make a deal with Utah Jazz Although Purple and Golden are interested in Bojan Bogdanovic, who is now He is reportedly being sent to the Detroit Pistons.

Westbrook announced that he will open a store in Los Angeles

As rumors spread about the trade, Westbrook announced He’s opening a shop – Probably a fashion outlet – in Los Angeles this week. However, this does not necessarily indicate that the 2017 NBA MVP will start the 2022-23 season with the Lakers.

Westbrook has been involved in several business ventures outside of basketball over the past few years – and his interest in fashion is well documented.

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