Despite Andre Drummond’s arrival in the NBA acquisitions market, what the Lakers failed to do during the trading deadline is still the subject of podcast conversations and a circle of friends.
As you may already know, the Lakers came very close to switching to the point guard Kyle Lowry of the Raptors. The team would have given up on the player because they did not want to give up their young talent Talen Horton-Tucker.
During the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons podcast, former NBA player Raja Bell, along with Bill Simmons, discussed the potential deal and both criticized the Lakers for not pulling the trigger.
“It looks like they made a real effort to have Lowry,” said Simmons. “What did you know in the days leading up to [ao prazo final de negociações], was that Schroder was included in the offer and that they did not want to give up Talen Horton-Tucker. It would have been Schroder, KCP, Talen Horton-Tucker. I personally would have made the switch. ”
Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Bill Oram provided a more detailed look at the Lakers’ offer for Lowry. The Lakers’ board was willing to include Dennis Schroder due to the lack of a long-term deal, but Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was not willing to part with Horton-Tucker.
“Multiple sources told The Athletic that the Lakers and Raptors discussed a negotiation that would have sent Dennis Schröder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and probably some choice of draft to Toronto for Lowry,” detail Buha and Oram. “Throughout Thursday morning, the sources said, the critical point was the inclusion of Talen Horton-Tucker. The same sources said that Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ vice president of basketball operations, insisted that the price was too high for Lowry, 35, and that he was not willing to negotiate Horton-Tucker, the player who emerged as a valuable player for the Lakers in its second season. ”
Bell seemed intrigued as to why Horton-Tucker was the obstacle in a possible deal for Lowry. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that the Raptors were pushing for Horton-Tucker, or the Heat to include Tyler Herro to make a trade deal for Lowry.
“I cannot say that I am a fan of Talen Horton-Tucker, but I know that he is a good player,” explained Bell. “Is he that good, Bill? You will have to convince me of this. Like, is this something that would end a deal for you with Kyle Lowry? “
Simmons again noted that he would be willing to negotiate Horton-Tucker as part of a deal by Lowry. He praised Schroder’s adjustment to the Lakers, but expressed concern about his long-range shot. Lowry is shooting more than 39% from three points this season.
“No, I would have made the switch,” replied Simmons. “The problem with Schroder is that he’s still not shooting three very well. He’s 31% up this year. I like how he’s playing. I really think he has the kind of personality that fits with LeBron. ”
Schroder and Horton-Tucker towards free agency in the offseason
The Lakers will deal with Schroder and Horton-Tucker becoming available in the free. Windhorst reported that Schroder declined a $ 84 million four-year extension, the maximum that the Lakers can currently offer to the shipowner.
Horton-Tucker is a restricted free agent that gives Lakers the opportunity to match any offer. Windhorst projects that Horton-Tucker will win a $ 60 million four-year contract, a sign that the teams are willing to pay the owner for his potential.
“He is a talented defender, with great length and great advantage, just 20 years old,” an NBA executive told ESPN. “In this market, this is exactly the type of player you want to pursue. There may be some teams that test them and deliver the [Horton-Tucker] a good offer. ”
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