The Los Angeles Lakers’ admiration of 27-year-old guard Bruce Brown has been the worst-kept secret since NBA free company this previous offseason. The Lakers have been virtually instantly linked to Brown as a participant they have been all in favour of signing, however following a two-year, $45 million provide from the Indiana Pacers, the younger guard appeared set to journey off into the sundown along with his new crew.
However issues change shortly within the NBA and Brown was dealt to the Toronto Raptors earlier this season as a part of the Pascal Siakam deal. Now, not solely are the Lakers as soon as once more linked, nevertheless it seems Brown has an actual likelihood to be traded for a second time this season on account of Toronto’s concentrate on constructing the youngest core doable.
TSN’s Josh Lewenberg reported that the Raptors are “open for enterprise” in commerce talks for each participant except for Scottie Barnes, Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett.
“This can be a crew in transition, and even after a few large franchise-altering strikes, Ujiri has made it clear that they’re not achieved dealing forward of the Feb. 8 commerce deadline. A number of league sources have confirmed the plain, the Raptors seem like open for enterprise, and outdoors of Barnes and the 2 former Knicks, every thing and everyone seems to be on the desk,” Lewenberg writes. “If they will flip any of their vets – Trent, Dennis Schroder, Chris Boucher, the newly acquired Bruce Brown or maybe even Poeltl – into picks or prospects that might assist push the rebuild ahead, it’s exhausting to see them passing that up.”
Contemplating this report got here out one week after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski spoke concerning the Lakers and Brown on “NBA Countdown” (and did so once more simply days later), it is possible Lakers basic supervisor Rob Pelinka will spend fairly a little bit of time on the telephone because the Feb. 8 commerce deadline approaches. Wojnarowski on the time said that Brown is the participant “[the Lakers have] actually been centered on making an attempt to amass” ever for the reason that crew’s Western Convention Finals loss to the Denver Nuggets final spring.
The Raptors’ reported willingness and openness to buying and selling just about any participant – together with Brown – is noteworthy, nevertheless it’s particularly intriguing for the Lakers.
The Lakers, who’ve additionally been linked to Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray, amongst others, seem increasingly more likely to ultimately change issues up as the times roll on. However simply how lively they will select to be is a giant query and much more fascinating, whether or not there is a path to including each Brown and Murray. The asking value from the Hawks for the latter is probably going too excessive to be a sensible consequence.