3 players Pacers could replace Buddy Hield with at trade deadline: D’Angelo Russell
The Los Angeles Lakers will undoubtedly be looking to capitalize on their success from last season, and while D’Angelo Russell could be a part of their plans this year, he doesn’t have to be.
They brought in Gabe Vincent in free agency, and with Austin Reaves’ ability to run the point guard position, Russell may not be a necessity. In turn, trading him could be an option.
Buddy Hield was a trade target for the Lakers a couple of years ago when they were looking to move Kyle Kuzma. They traded for Russell Westbrook instead, but why not revisit the idea?
Hield’s three-point shooting would fit in seamlessly next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and since he’ll be in the last year of his deal, it wouldn’t be a long-term investment.
As for the Indiana Pacers, they don’t have a real need for D’Angelo Russell, but trading for him would allow them to explore aggregate trades during the summer and into next year.
Plus, they could look to get some draft capital back in return from the Lakers in the deal. They may not be able to squeeze LA for a first-rounder, but nabbing a second or two would be worth it if they can’t find anything better.