Lakers Working On Big Trade With Wizards?
Are the Lakers working on a big trade with the Wizards?
Los Angeles currently sits atop the Western Conference with a 30-7 mark through its first 37 games.
Despite that, team general manager Rob Pelinka has pledged to be active in making improvements leading up to the trade deadline.
Whether those improvements come in the form of big trades or minor signings remains to be seen.
According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports, the Lakers are reportedly very interested in Washington forward Davis Bertans.
In addition to the Sixers, Hawks and Lakers, the Celtics and Nuggets have emerged as suitors for Bertans’ services, Per @ChaseHughesNBCS
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Bertans, 27, has quietly emerged as one of the most intriguing players in the league this season.
Originally drafted back in 2016, Bertans never averaged double figures up until now. Fortunately for him, Washington was ravaged with injuries this year and it freed up playing time for him to come in and prove himself.
So far this season Bertans is averaging 15.4 points and 5 rebounds per game. Perhaps most impressively, he is also shooting a whopping 43 percent from behind the arc.
Coming into the 2019-20 season, one of the Lakers’ most notable weaknesses was their three-point shooting. Bertans would certainly address that.
Beyond just his shooting, Bertans has a very team-friendly contract. He has an expiring deal and is owed a mere $7 million for the rest of the year.
Los Angeles would presumably have to give up a package consisting of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo and money in order to acquire Bertans.
The NBA’s trade deadline is set for February 6, so any deal the Lakers make will have to be done by that point.