While the Los Angeles Lakers have been caught in the middle of intense negotiations over the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, they are still exploring other ways of making the team better in the short term.
According to the LA Times’ Tania Ganguli, the Lakers have been among several teams interested in trading for Pelicans wing Reggie Bullock:
The Lakers have been among the teams that have contacted the Pistons about Reggie Bullock. So far Detroit hasn’t been very interested in moving him for what they’ve been offered. This is the last year of his deal and he’s making $2.5 million this year.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 2, 2019
Bullock is averaging 11.8 points per game for the Pistons while hitting 37.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. While not a hell-raising shooter, that’s where Bullock makes most of his impact, taking 6.6 shots from behind the arc per contest.
Bullock, who was previously a member of the Clippers, could be useful for the Lakers who are among the worst shooting teams in the league. If they are able to get him without giving up valuable assets that could be used for a potential Davis trade, it could be a huge steal at the deadline. Notably, Bullock is on an expiring contract, crucial for the Lakers who want cap space in the event that they cannot trade for Davis in February.
The Pistons, however, are still within the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference and will likely be uninspired to move Bullock without getting something of value back.
The Lakers have been rumored to be in the market for shooters on expiring contracts, a niche that Bullock fits.
The trade deadline is February 7th.