With the NBA Draft and Summer League over, all attention has turned to the trade rumours and potential moves that could shake up the off-season.
From Russell Westbrook to Donovan Mitchell, a host of big names could be at new teams before play tips off again at the start of next season.
Here are the latest rumours from the NBA world!
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LAKERS EYE HIELD IN ADMISSION THEY GOT WESTBROOK CALL WRONG
At the moment, there is “no traction” on a potential Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook swap between the Nets and the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
Stalled talks have subsequently spurred the Lakers to look elsewhere for backcourt reinforcements. Los Angeles currently has “re-engaged” conversation with the Pacers, expressing interest in acquiring Indiana shooting guard Buddy Hield.
“That could be a deal that could include Russell Westbrook, if you’re talking about also having Myles Turner in that deal,” McMenamin said Wednesday on ESPN’s “NBA Today.”
“Or rather, it would be a secondary move where you would be talking a Talen Horton-Tucker type of package to try and get Hield.”
Hield, a six-year NBA veteran, averaged 15.6 points per game last season, his lowest output since the 2017-18 season. But after a midseason trade from Sacramento to Indiana, Hield had a notable uptick in production, averaging 18.2 points per game and starting in all 26 games he appeared in.
Of most pertinence to the Lakers, Hield has established himself as one of the game’s top marksmen, a career 39.8 percent 3-point shooter who makes an average of three 3-pointers per game. Los Angeles could use a volume 3-point threat to complement Westbrook, who shot under 30% from beyond the arc last season.
It’s not the first time that the Lakers have pursued Hield, either. Last July, before going all-in on Westbrook in a blockbuster trade with the Wizards, Los Angeles allegedly had a deal in place with Sacramento that would have made Hield a Laker.
Instead, the Lakers took on the $44 million ($A63m) albatross that was the Westbrook contract.
KNICKS REMAIN MITCHELL’S ‘STRONG PREFERENCE’ TO BE TRADED TO
Elsewhere, the Utah Jazz appear no closer to finding an adequate return for Donovan Mitchell as trade talks drag on.
It was reported last week that the Jazz were discussing a potential deal with the New York Knicks but were unable to strike an agreement.
Reports suggested the Jazz offered Mitchell in exchange for six future first-round draft picks in addition to Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin and Miles McBride.
That though did not appeal to the Knicks, who ESPN’s Tim McMahon said on Friday still remains the “strong preference” for Mitchell to be traded to.
“Time is certainly on the Jazz’s side in the sense that Donovan Mitchell does have three years and a player option remaining on his contract,” McMahon said.
“Let’s be honest, the Jazz don’t want 34-year-old, first-time head coach Will Harden to go into training camp and have a Donovan Mitchell drama dominate the storyline on a daily basis. Donovan is not forcing his way out but I think we all understand Donovan Mitchell’s strong preference would be to go ahead and get traded to New York.
“From a Jazz perspective, they need to be able to turn the page sooner than later and commit to that full-blown rebuilding project but we do also understand Danny Ainge does not take discounted trades and that is going to be the priority, getting the maximum price.”
It looks like the Jazz could be heading in a similar direction to the Nets, who are willing to remain patient with no clear end to the Kevin Durant trade talks in sight.