Anything the Los Angeles Lakers touch during free agency risks becoming the soap opera of the summer. But if there is a player who has starred in the transfer talks around the Los Angeles franchise in 2021, that is Buddy Hield. The guard has been in the crosshairs of Rob Pelinka numerous times. Being very close to getting him during the transfer market closing last year and being practically done before the Russell Westbrook bomb detonated. Now the Lakers are looking at the Kings again, and everything indicates that the bargaining chip would be Talen Horton-Tucker. Inform of it Chris Haynes in Yahoo Sports.
The young forward began this season as the main bet in the offices. His renewal for 30 million for this and the next two years meant giving up Caruso or retiring Jared Dudley among others. Management thought that THT would be the perfect complement to take the ball when LeBron and Westbrook needed it while providing muscle and knowing how to be defensive. However, it has ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of the season. There is no greater proof of the latter than hearing rumors again involving a Buddy Hield who is starring in a season that is at least discreet.
Horton-Tucker would not be the only one to enter the transfer, since the Lakers need to give something more to square salaries. At the beginning of the week, Kevin O’Connor wrote in The Ringer that Los Angeles was offering a package that also included Kendrick Nunn and a future first-round pick. Surely this is enough to convince Monte McNair, who should not put too many obstacles to the exchange. Will this finally be Buddy Hield’s time with the Lakers?
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