Latest On Pelinka’s Indiana Trip Amid Buddy Hield To Lakers Rumors

Latest On Pelinka’s Indiana Trip Amid Buddy Hield To Lakers Rumors

The Los Angeles Lakers are 3-10 on the year and currently find themselves in 14th place in the Western Conference.

Although nobody thought this roster was good enough to compete for an NBA championship in 2022-23, few thought it would result in L.A. being the worst team in the league either.

Understandably, fans are looking for something, anything to suggest that a reprieve might be on the horizon.

Late Tuesday, a tweet seemed to signal that help might be on the way:

Fans were immediately exuberant. Hield and Myles Turner are two players that Los Angeles has been linked to for months. The Indiana Pacers have expressed a willingness to give both up, should the Lakers part with their two remaining first round drack picks in this decade.

Thus far, the front office has resisted that hefty price tag – for a reason they have been quite open about.

Nevertheless, fans were psyched.

Adding further fuel to the fire was this message from Hield on Twitter that seemed to line up perfectly with everything that was happening:

Unfortunately, it genuinely looks like all the optimism here from Lakers fans is misplaced.

First of all, Pelinka wouldn’t need to go to Indiana to secure a deal for Hield and/or Turner:

Secondly, they were almost certainly there for a college basketball event:

Obviously Hield would help this group out immensely. He is shooting nearly 41 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Lakers, conversely, are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA this year by a fairly significant margin.

That said – all the excitement over the past 24 hours is likely for naught.

Over the past few days the Lakers have emerged as one of two legit trade suitors for Bojan Bogdanovic of the Detroit Pistons, have shown interest in three free agent sharpshooters and have been linked to a possible trade with the San Antonio Spurs.

If anything ends up happening, it will likely happen on that front.

The Pacers’ asking price just seems to be too high.

Will Pelinka be able to find a way to fix this Lakers group at some point in the foreseeable future?

Time will tell.

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Carlos Garcia

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