Lakers focused on acquiring Bruce Brown
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Trade rumors continue to swirl around the Lakers, as they are 21-22 and in 10th place in the Western Conference.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers are interested in Bruce Brown. Brown was expected to sign with LA in the off-season on the mid-level exception before the Indiana Pacers stepped in with a two-year $45 million deal.
Wojnarowski also reported that LA tried to trade for Brown while he was with Indiana.
JUST IN: The Lakers and Knicks are among teams interested in Bruce Brown. 👀— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) January 20, 2024
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With Brown on the move to the Toronto Raptors in the Pascal Siakam trade, he could be rerouted elsewhere. The 27-year-old wing doesn’t fit the Raptors timeline around Barnes, and they could capitalize on his value as a role player.
Brown was pivotal on the Denver Nuggets championship team last season, including a key role against the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
Wojnarowski stated "From the time the Lakers lost to Denver, got eliminated in the Conference Finals last year, there's been one player they've been really focused on trying to acquire." That player is Brown, who the Lakers front office seem to covet.
Brown is averaging 12/5/3 with 1.1 steals on 48/33/82 shooting splits. He is a great defensive wing who is an all-around offensive player. Brown is on a sizeable contract, which could make it tough for the Lakers to match.
They would have to part with one of D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, or Rui Hachimura as a start for an offer. LA’s front office reportedly wants to hold on to Reaves and Hachimura, and with Russell’s recent stretch, it would be tough to move him for a non-ball-handler.
While he would be a great fit as a two-way wing, the path to acquiring Brown would cost too much unless the front office is willing to part with Russell or Hachimura.