Report: Lakers and Pacers have exchanged trade proposals to bring Buddy Hield and Myles Turner to L.A.

Brad Sullivan
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A new report indicates that the Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions about acquiring Buddy Hield and Myles Turner from Indiana Pacers, though no deal is imminent.

Earlier this week, such talks had apparently gone nowhere, with a potential deal for the pair described as “dead.” One of the stumbling blocks has been the massive contract that’s due to Lakers guard Russell Westbrook.

The 29-year-old Hield has played six seasons in the NBA with three different teams. Last season, he split time between the Sacramento Kings and Pacers.

For his career, Hield is averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In addition, he’s connected on 3-pointers at a rate of 39.8 percent over the course of his time in the league.

The 26-year-old Turner has spent his entire career with the Pacers after being the 11th overall section of the 2015 NBA Draft.

During his Pacers tenure, Turner has averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. That aggressive style within the paint is something that the Lakers would love to have after their struggles last season.

The Westbrook situation is one that’s caused the Lakers plenty of headaches since his arrival last year. Whether or not they’re able to finally send him elsewhere is a question that still awaits an answer.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.