Two things are true for the Los Angeles Lakers within a month of the NBA trade deadline: They need help, and they have very little money to get it. That’s not to say they won’t try, though.
In fact, according to a report by Fred Katz and Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, the Lakers made an offer for Cam Reddish before the Atlanta Hawks agreed to trade the 22-year-old forward for the New York Knicks. Thursday :
“Recently, The Athletic learned that the Lakers had offered two second rounds for Reddish. Still, the Hawks believed a team would end up offering the first-round pick they were looking for. They asked for Knicks rookie Quentin Grimes, the No.25 selection in last summer’s draft, in negotiations, but the Knicks turned them down, sources said.
The package the Hawks agreed to for Reddish included former No.9 overall pick Kevin Knox II and a 2022 first-round pick via the Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers could have given the Hawks a more talented player than Knox, but not as young as the 22-year-old forward. They also didn’t have a first-round pick like the Knicks.
The good news is that not landing in red doesn’t mean much to the Lakers. As intriguing as he may be, he’s still a raw talent and the Lakers aren’t quite in a position to give Reddish the playing time he needs to be a hard-hitting rotational player. The Hawks weren’t in that position either, meaning they left him.
The bad news is that the Lakers’ failure to land in red is likely indicative of what awaits the team at the trade deadline. While the Lakers may have just enough assets for opposing GMs to answer the phones, they are unable to engage in a bidding war due to their lack of interim capital and negotiable wages.
That’s not to say the Lakers won’t make a trade at the deadline, but it’ll take them a lot more than two second-round picks to find someone who will really get the needle moving for them.
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