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The Lakers aren't really interested in these two players

Despite the rumors, Buddy Hield and Myles Tuner are not part of Rob Pelinka's trade options.

By James Brown

Despite the rumors, Buddy Hield and Myles Tuner are not part of Rob Pelinka's trade options.
Despite the rumors, Buddy Hield and Myles Tuner are not part of Rob Pelinka's trade options.
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The Lakers are still trying to make a move before training camp to improve their roster. But it seems that Rob Pelinka is only willing to offer the Lakers' first round picks in order to get Kyrie Irving and no one else. Despite the reports that said the Lakers might try to add  Buddy Hield and Myles Turner from the Pacers, it seems those are no longer viable options. Right now, the Lakers still have a below-average roster.

According to NBA analyst, Marc Stein, Rob Pelinka doesn't believe the two players make them title contenders. "As previously reported here regarding the Lakers’ recent trade talks with Indiana, they did not show a willingness to make both picks available in proposals exchanged with the Pacers to potentially bring Buddy Hield and Myles Turner to L.A. The implication there is that adding Turner and Hield is not believed to be sufficient to vault the Lakers back into the title mix."

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