NBA rumors: Lakers activate plan B; re-engage talks with Pacers for Buddy Hield

The Los Angeles Lakers seem to move on from Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets and have their sights set on Buddy Hield.

More specifically, they have activated their plan B and have re-engaged talks with the Indiana Pacers.

“There has been some talks reengaged between the Lakers and the Indiana Pacers that would center around a Buddy Hield deal,” Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

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It will be easier for the Lakers to acquire Buddy Hield from the Pacers, as they would need to include Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and draft picks.

On the other hand, if the 17-time NBA champions pursued a trade for both Buddy Hield and Myles Turner, they would need to move Russell Westbrook as well. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers aim to make more than one deals this offseason.

Hield spent the previous season between the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 81 games. The 30-year-old guard has two years and $39M left on his current contract.

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