The Lakers’ patience in making a deal this season is based on a number of things. First, the idea is that as teams play the first 20 games of the season, they may re-evaluate their chances of winning and become a salesperson. The other idea is that not all of the deals currently available are attractive.
As it stands, the Lakers have deals that appear to be worked out, based on various reports, with Charlotte, Indiana and Utah. None of these deals seemed particularly attractive to the franchisees, which led to their upbringing.
When it comes to Utah, the Lakers have a relationship with their front office after completing a deal earlier this season and knowing what they might offer Russell Westbrook.
Jazz, Lakers and Westbrook have been topics of lengthy conversation between Jake Fisher of Yahoo! Sports and Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune on previous podcasts, Please do not collect this.
Fisher: (Re: potential deal with Russell Westbrook) I think it’s partly a thing and remains a thing because any potential deal with Utah could have been done all this time, right? They already made a deal with Patrick Beverly, a smaller range that brought Tallinn Horton Tucker, and I think if there was a bigger Russell Westbrook deal being made with Utah, it would have already happened.
Larsen: It totally depends on the Lakers side of things…if that’s really the show, the Jazz were so motivated to get it done, that they’d kind of add a first less in return for the upside or a variance of the two picks down the road which I think indicates like hey, Maybe they were willing to kind of make this happen
The show discussed, as linked above, was supposed to send Ross and both the 2027 and 2029 first-round picks to the Jazz for a package consisting of Bojan Bogdanovich, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and the 2023 first-round pick. With Bogdanovich dealing elsewhere with Detroit This deal is off the table, and none of the alternatives will strike the same chord with the Lakers.
As a result, the Lakers resisted including both options, as Larsen and Fischer continued the discussion.
Larsen: The Lakers seem intent on not giving up on these two top futures to improve this team this year, and while they have all the pressure in the world to do so, they also had all the pressure in the world to do it last week and didn’t get it done. I don’t know if that has changed and we’ll see how far the Lakers are flying, but for me, that’s the team that’s holding the talks or has been. I think Jazz would be willing to cut a deal somewhere on that football field.
Fisher: I agree, this has been my reading of it for a long time. The last thing we’re going to say, I think, has been made quite clear to people all over the NBA, to rival teams, that the Lakers are only willing to move those two options if they’re taking back someone, or someone, that they really think takes them into the world of title contention now and in the future. perspective.
Again, it only makes sense that the Lakers would be more patient of the two here. Jazz doesn’t really have a catchy cut with Bogdanovic out of the picture. Jordan Clarkson doesn’t move the needle as another goalkeeper, because the Lakers already have a lot of them. Mike Conley has an albatross contract, owner Paisley has out-of-court cases and Rudy Jay is a veteran.
Among the bargains on the table, jazz certainly doesn’t take the top spot. Thus, they will be motivated to make the transaction more attractive. Maybe it means not including Conley, not asking for each of the first-round picks or including their own better compensation draft. It’s hard to see a bargain from the Jazz, though, so that’s more attractive than trading Miles Turner with the Pacers or Terry Roser from Charlotte.
Danny Ainge will really have to pay to get a deal done, which is not the nature of Ainge, and perhaps that is what makes a deal with Utah so unlikely for potential suitors.
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