With the trade deadline drawing near it appears that the Los Angeles Lakers have pulled the trigger on a trade, just not the big Anthony Davis trade that people have been expecting. Instead, the Lakers are shipping out rookie Svi Mykhailiuk and a second round pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Reggie Bullock.
On this episode of the LN News Feed, host Trevor Lane breaks down the deal and why the Lakers decided to make the move. Like most trades, there are multiple pros and cons to look at, but the bottom line is that the Lakers are making a win-now move for a player who projects to be a great fit with LeBron James at the cost of a young, cost-controlled player who hasn’t quite established himself in the NBA yet.
Mykhailiuk is on a cheap, team-friendly deal for two more seasons after this one while Bullock will be a free agent this summer. The Lakers, who would like to preserve as much cap space as possible to chase free agents, do free up a little bit of extra room if they don’t bring Bullock back, though given how small Mykhailiuk’s $1.4 million salary is it probably isn’t a difference maker.
With the trade deadline not arriving until Thursday at noon Pacific Time, the Lakers may not be done dealing as they look to make a push back into the playoffs.