Welcome to Groundhog Day of Trade Talks for the Lakers.
It happened earlier this summer, Athletic’s Shams Charania Said it happened again this week.
early Wednesday, Pacers GM Chad Buchanan says Turner will start season with Pacers.
Beyond that, the breakdown here is simple and unchanged. The Pacers think Turner and Hield should each get first-round picks. Russell Westbrookreceives $47 million in this transaction (and then relinquishes him). From Indiana’s perspective, the price for what the Lakers want is his two unprotected first-rounders.
The Lakers don’t want to throw the only two picks they control into non-title contenders for the rest of the decade (2027 and 2029). The distance between Turner’s defense and the floor Anthony Davisand how much Hield’s shooting helps the Lakers’ floor spacing, those two additions don’t make the Lakers title contenders.
Market realities this summer — Placed in a pickhole that Utah got Rudy Gobert — that the Lakers can’t get the kind of stars they need for two picks. They can get good players who can help them — Turner and Hield make them a playoff team lebron james And Davis stays healthy—but not the guy that turns them into competitors.
That said, the Lakers will continue to keep an eye on him. The Pacers continue to listen to trade offers. And we all live in the world of Groundhog Day.