The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are two teams that are looking to get better this summer.
In Chicago’s case, it’s about incremental upgrades. The Bulls were very good for the first half of last season and then extremely mediocre in the second half.
For L.A., it’s all about adding pieces around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The hope was that Russell Westbrook alone would be enough, but he wasn’t. The Lakers need more.
Could these two teams help each other?
According to Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times – maybe.
“The Lakers could also look to acquire players via trade, with rival executives believing Chicago’s Coby White could be a target,” the wrote.
“Moving Talen Horton-Tucker, a player whose ball-dominant skills are viewed by rival scouts as being redundant with the Lakers’ stars, could be a way to upgrade to suit the Lakers’ needs.”
That said, the odds of something centering around White going down aren’t great at the moment.
Per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports, the likeliest end game for White is still remaining in Chicago.
“As for Coby White, he is more likely to return than not. The Bulls took calls on him leading up to the draft and asked for a young, rotation player and draft pick in return.”
The Lakers need to make some big changes this offseason. And while Brian Windhorst did recently suggest that a blockbuster trade might be in the cards, it’s unclear when and how it will ultimately materialize.
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Chicago and L.A. will inevitably do some kind of trades this summer.
Will they be with each other, though?
Time will tell.