Lakers pursue Bojan Bogdanovic, potential three-team deal with Jae Crowder and more: Shams’ Inside Pass

On Thursday, nearly 90% of NBAPlayers become eligible to trade and the market will fully open ahead of the G League Showcase in Las Vegas from December 19-22. The showcase will give team leaders the opportunity to meet face-to-face, connect on year-round conversations and potential business concepts, and spot the G League’s elite Ignite roster as well. than other teams.

So far, NBA team executives say there have been more discussions and multiple check-ins regarding rival personnel. League parity — with most teams vying for playoff and Play-In tournament spots — means true buyers and sellers will take time to reveal themselves before the Feb. 9 trade deadline.

After a 2-10 start, the Los Angeles Lakers, now 11-15 and three games out of sixth place, have turned their season around and are considered a key team in the commercial market this season. The Lakers are prioritizing shooting in their conversations with teams and have discussed packages that include salaries and a protected first-round pick for Detroitit is Bojan Bogdanovicleague sources, who were granted anonymity so they could speak freely, say Athleticism. They also discussed concepts involving New Yorkit is Reddish cam and Evan Fournier, sources said. With Anthony Davis have an MVP-caliber season and james lebron turning into another strong campaign, it will be fascinating to watch how these Lakers approach Feb. 9.

Bogdanovic, 33, is in the midst of a terrific season for the Pistons, averaging 21 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 50.8% from the field and 43.7% to 3 points – including a 38-point outing in a loss. at the Lakers on Sunday night. While Bogdanovic is a target for the Lakers they are among a dozen teams to find out about him, offering first or second rounds Detroit shows no urgency to move him. In fact, the Pistons expressed to rival teams a significant reluctance to move Bogdanovic, sources said.

As Athleticism James Edwards III wroteBogdanovic has become a leader for this young Pistons group, a productive catalyst on and off the floor, showing exactly why GM Troy Weaver doesn’t want to move him.

For the Lakers, Russell Westbrook found his groove as a sixth man, posting a staggering difference of 15 points on average, eight assists and 5.4 rebounds on 42% shooting on goal and 32% from 3 points in 22 games off the bench against 10 .3 points, 4.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds on 28.9% shooting and 8.3% from 3-point range in three games as a starter.

Moving Westbrook into the sixth man role worked brilliantly for first head coach Darvin Ham. Additionally, the Lakers have made it clear that they prioritize league-altering players for their two trade-eligible first-round picks (2027, 2029). It remains to be seen who might become available as the season progresses.

Meanwhile, two notable names surely in the market, and on the go, are Phoenixit is Jae Crowder and Atlantait is John Collins.

Multiple league sources said the Suns recently engaged in three-team talks that would have sent Crowder to Milwaukee, four deer second-round draft picks with players for Houstonand Eric Gordon and or Kenyon Martin Jr. at Phoenix. The delay in the three-team potential was that the Rockets coveted a first-round pick for Gordon, and for Martin a very good first-rounder, not a lot of second-rounders, sources said. The Rockets have expressed interest in Gordon from multiple competing teams, sources said, but seem less willing to address Martin.

Martin had a stellar third season, averaging 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 24.2 minutes while shooting 54% from the field. The 21-year-old has this season and 2023-24 remaining on his contract and is expected to command a strong extension next summer or a free agency offer in 2024. The Rockets have compiled eight first-round picks through 2029 and have a talented young core of players in jalen green, Kevin Porter Jr., Alperen SengunJabari Smith II, Tari ReasonJae’Sean Tate and Martin.

The hawks and Heat are also interested in Crowder, and Miami should soon have a reinvigorated pursuit as it has a large number of players, such as Dewayne Dedmon and Victor Oladipo, available for trading from Thursday. The Bucks could continue to seek a third team to facilitate a trade for Crowder, which would be something of a homecoming for the Georgia native who played his college ball at Marquette.

During this time, the Hawks had several teams in the Collins market, such as Utah, Washington, brooklyn and dallas, sources said. Atlanta hasn’t shown any interest so far in a potential executive that would contain Brooklyn’s Joe Harris, the sources said. Phoenix has a desire for Collins but doesn’t seem inclined to take on the forward, who is in the second season of a five-year, $125 million pact.

Washington has a piece in Kyle Kuzma that would be attractive to Atlanta, as stated in last week’s article on advancing wizardsbut there doesn’t seem to be any traction on a potential frame there.

For their part, the Nets have surged recently, winning seven of their last eight games and currently holding the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference at 16-12, and could see Collins as a needed jolt to their frontcourt.

Trail Blazers Guard Gary Payton II is targeting his season debut in the next one to two weeks, sources said. Payton, who signed a three-year, $28 million contract to join the Trail Blazers in July, was sidelined due to offseason surgery on a core muscle injury. Payton was a key player in the Warriors’ 2022 championship team rotation and is expected to take on a similar do-it-all role for the 14-12 Trail Blazers.

(Photo by Bojan Bogdanovic and Russell Westbrook: Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

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