LA Lakers Rumors Roundup: Front office exploring trade options for Gary Trent Jr., Lakers hunting for a second-round pick in the upcoming draft, and more

The LA Lakers are dealing with a lot of uncertainty this offseason. LeBron James’ future is in the stars while it looks like Russell Westbrook will stay with the team.

They have to set a roster before the start of training camp, and they don’t have draft picks either. The Lakers need to find suitable players to complement their stars while hoping their core stays healthy.

Also, Anthony Davis announced that he is training with a famous shooting coach “sniper” to improve his jump shot for next season. He shot 18.6% from 3-point range last season.

Let’s take a look at some more Purple and Gold news and rumors.

Darvin Ham seeks advice from legendary trainer Bill Bertka

New LA Lakers head coach Darvin Ham.
New LA Lakers head coach Darvin Ham.

Darvin Ham spoke to legendary trainer Bill Bertka at the training center. Bertka is a revered NBA personality who won ten championships with the LA Lakers, seven of them as an assistant coach.

Bertka was on the bench when Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West enjoyed a 33-game winning streak in the 1971-72 NBA season. He was involved in all chips in the Showtime era. He won his last ring when the late great Kobe Bryant defeated his archrival in 2010.

The LA Lakers posted a picture on their social media channels showing Darvin Ham having a “session” with coach Bill Bertka.

The LA Lakers are attempting to orchestrate a Gary Trent Jr.-Talen Horton-Tucker trade with the Toronto Raptors

Gary Trent Jr. of the Toronto Raptors during the 2021-22 NBA seasonGary Trent Jr. of the Toronto Raptors during the 2021-22 NBA season
Gary Trent Jr. of the Toronto Raptors during the 2021-22 NBA season

The LA Lakers have their eye on Toronto Raptors leading scorer Gary Trent Jr. this offseason to add to their wing depth. According to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney, the Raptors are interested in Talen Horton-Tucker and a potential trade will involve him.

Another name that was mentioned is Kendrick Nunn, who didn’t play a single game for the Lakers last season.

Deveney wrote:

“An Eastern Conference executive chimed in, ‘The pickaxe is the most important thing if the Raptors think that pickaxe is going to be valuable, and that very well could be. Then it makes sense. Horton-Tucker and Nunn, assume he’ll play again and get a pretty good deal.

“The Raptors like Horton-Tucker. Remember, they wanted him in the Kyle Lowry deal that went through with the Lakers. It’s hard to say what kind of future Trent will have there if they pay him. So if you can recover assets now, that’s something to explore.”

The LA Lakers are targeting a second-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NBA draft

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft.

The LA Lakers are notoriously lacking in trading capital, and their chances of attracting younger players are slim. They received the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft lottery, but had to send that pick to New Orleans.

They now have no picks in the upcoming 2022 NBA draft and hope to earn a second-round pick in a trade.

The Lakers could be looking to strike a deal with either the Detroit Pistons or the Atlanta Hawks, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.

As per recent reports, both teams are open to the idea of ​​trading their second-round picks. Pistons have 46th overall pick while the Hawks have 44th. Fisher wrote:

“The Lakers are widely known for pursuing a second-round pick. The Hawks (No. 44) and Detroit Pistons (No. 46) have picks in their 40s that are considered available, sources said.”


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