NBA Rumors: The Lakers' "Two Prime Targets" On The Pacers

As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to look for ways to come back with something different in the 2022-23 season, they have made some free agent moves around the margins thus far this offseason. Names like Thomas Bryant, Lonnie Walker IV and Juan Toscano-Anderson have been brought in at discount prices. 

Of course, Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets is still the 'big prize' they've set their sights on, and one that LeBron James has been pushing hard for

But if that doesn't happen, according to NBA Insider Marc Stein, they are still "definitely" looking for shooting, and they seem to be focused on Buddy Hield and Myles Turner in Indiana.

Various reports have described the two Pacers as prime targets for L.A. if it is unable to assemble an Irving trade construction that Brooklyn is prepared to accept.

That being said, what are the assets that the Lakers could use to lure the Pacers into a deal for those two desirable players? Stein is skeptical. "A second source I spoke to expressed pessimism that the Lakers would have the required assets to assemble a trade in which they acquire both Hield and Myles Turner from Indiana."

In fact, Dave McMenamin of ESPN confirms that those talks haven't gone anywhere as of yet.

"I’m told that those talks basically went nowhere. The Pacers didn’t believe that the Lakers gave a good enough offer to continue having that conversation.”

At the very least, Rob Pelinka and gang are trying hard to shake things up.

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