The 2018-19’ NBA trade deadline came and went and still the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves without one of their most prized targets, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis. Instead the Lakers turned their attention towards other key role players. The Lakers got the ok when Davis intentionally made a trade demand 10 days before Thursday’s trade deadline. All indications pointed to a clear and cut decision that Davis wanted to join the Lakers and play alongside fellow superstar, LeBron James.
Things didn’t go as planned.
The Lakers’ initial lowball offer stunned the Pelicans organization and Los Angeles raised their offer to multiple first-round picks along with much of their young core like: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. Still New Orleans wanted to get more out of the trade for their superstar. It is reported that they wanted a couple of first-round draft picks, something that the Lakers were not willing to give up. The Lakers wound up turning their attention to acquiring established role players to try and fit around James and the rest of the young Lakers core by trading for guard Reggie Bullock and center/forward Mike Muscala.
Bullock was acquired on Feb. 6th from the Detroit Pistons for Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second-round pick. With Bullock, the Lakers add some depth at guard while he is avergaing 12.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in his sixth year in the NBA. On Feb. 7th, the Clippers and Lakers made a in-city trade, the Clippers traded away center Mike Muscala and received Lakers forward Michael Beasley and center Ivan Zubac. Muscala is an interesting add because he can stretch the floor for the Lakers shooting 34.2 percent from 3-point range and attempts 6.9 3-point shots per game. Muscala also has an expiring contract meaning that the Lakers could go after another prized free-agent this off season if things did not work out after this year.