Even though training camp for the Los Angeles Lakers starts in only a week, the Russell Westbrook trade saga appears to be far from over. There have been rumblings for the past two weeks that Westbrook will be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers opening night squad for the 2022–23 NBA season. Los Angeles was also rumored to have kept in communication with the Utah Jazz, maybe about a trade.
It appears like Bojan Bogdanovic is a major target for the Los Angeles Lakers. The sticking point, however, appears to be Utah’s demand on including the Jazz’s 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in any deal for Westbrook. The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick claim that Los Angeles has lately inquired about Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Malik Beasley, so talks are continuing on that front as well.
According to sources in the NBA, the Lakers have recently discussed acquiring Bogdanovi, Jordan Clarkson, and Malik Beasley from the Jazz. Buddy Hield’s desire to be traded to the Lakers from the Pacers has also been widely documented, as has the near-trading of the former Kings guard to the Lakers last summer. Along with Myles Turner, the 29-year-old 3-point specialist has been a focal point in the Lakers’ offseason talks with Indiana, but a trade is not anticipated to materialize at this time.
If the Lakers continue to be short on shooters, it makes sense for them to add Bogdanovic, Clarkson, and Beasley. To make room for the three players, the Purple and Gold would have to waive someone, despite the fact that they just signed Dennis Schroder to a one-year, minimum contract.
Malik Beasley setting the Timberwolves franchise record [ 11 ] threes in one game 🤯
— 🦉 Lakers Vino (@VinoUncorked) September 17, 2022
The Lakers’ pursuit of a trade partner for Russell Westbrook looks to hinge on the availability of Bojan Bogdanovic, a sharpshooter for the Utah Jazz who will be 33 this season.
It appears as though the Los Angeles Lakers are only interested in the trade package that the Utah Jazz have proposed to acquire Westbrook. But a number of other NBA teams are also allegedly interested in the 33-year-old shooter.
In their trade talks with the Jazz, the Lakers are reportedly targeting Bojan Bogdanović, Jordan Clarkson and Malik Beasley as they try to move Russell Westbrook. https://t.co/ue84bKREMU
— Silver Screen and Roll (@LakersSBN) September 16, 2022
Even if Westbrook remains with the Lakers, his prospective position is in question due to the depth of the competition in the backcourt. If the 2017 NBA MVP doesn’t “outplay” Dennis Schroder and Patrick Beverley, head coach Darvin Ham may decide to use him off the bench.
The Lakers’ upper management is said to fully support Ham and trust him to make tough choices in the team’s best interest.
Beasley joined the Minnesota Timberwolves after being part of a 12-player, four-team deal. Upon arriving in Minnesota, Beasley was thrust into the starting lineup and promptly saw a significant uptick in his scoring output. In 14 games with the Timberwolves, he started every game and averaged 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.
Beasley reportedly signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves on November 27, 2020. As a result of his guilty plea in a criminal matter on February 25, 2021, Beasley was suspended for 12 games. The suspension came at a time when he was scoring a career-high 20.5 points per game and making 40% of his 3-point attempts. At 7–26, the Timberwolves ranked last in the NBA.
Beasley surpassed Kevin Love’s franchise record of 190 three-pointers made in a season for the Timberwolves on March 5, 2022. Four days later, in a 132-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, he set a franchise record with 11 three-pointers made and 33 points scored. Beasley scored 23 points in a 130-117 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the first round of the 2022 playoffs on April 16.
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