Lakers Rumors Roundup: Business interest in Cam Reddish, LeBron extension

While all of the Lakers trade rumors this offseason have focused on Russell Westbrook, stepping away from his $47 million isn’t their only focus. A household name could also be a target this offseason and is the subject of the latest reports and rumors.

Reddish remains of interest

While his NBA career failed to blossom, the Lakers remained interested in Cam Reddish over the years. Reddish came to Duke as the top high school prospect, but fell short of expectations and repeated that pattern in the NBA.

Nonetheless, the Lakers remain drawn to Reddish despite years of underperformance, most recently being linked to him by a report from Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

The Lakers have also had interest in trading for Knicks forward Cam Reddish, who could also be part of a trade. Last season, the Lakers came close to acquiring Reddish in a blockbuster three-team trade deal between the Lakers, Knicks and Raptors at the time.

This report was also the one that mentioned a three-team trade involving Russell Westbrook and Donovan Mitchell. But the Lakers’ interest, as noted, dates back to when Reddish was a Hawk. At the deadline, the Lakers nearly made a deal that would have taken them to Reddish, but it never materialized.

It’s a bit odd that the Lakers are so actively pursuing someone who has struggled so mightily in the NBA, especially when it comes to their need to shoot and Reddish’s inability to knock down outside shots in his NBA career. But in their defense, the last player they targeted who they thought was misused or misplayed was Malik Monk, and that turned out great for the Lakers.

Latest news on LeBron’s extension

The Lakers, LeBron and Rich Paul met Thursday over his extension, the first day the two sides could legally negotiate a deal. Although the talks were positive, they ended without an agreement being reached.

However, there doesn’t seem to be much to worry about – at least for now – as Dave McMenamin of ESPN appeared on NBA today Friday and expressed cause for optimism for Lakers fans.

The longer LeBron waits for an extension, the more likely he is to use it as leverage to get the Lakers to trade Westbrook and almost certainly for Kyrie Irving. There have been few indications that LeBron is seriously considering leaving the franchise, but in the NBA so much can change so quickly.

Kuzma relives the 2020 title

Although Kyle Kuzma is no longer a Laker, he was a member of a title-winning team, which forever gave him a special place in the hearts of Lakers fans.

He recently appeared on Draymond Green’s podcast and discussed the 2020 title inside the bubble, as well as the pressure that comes with not only playing for the Lakers, but also playing alongside LeBron James. .

The weight of these high expectations is often too much for players to bear. Despite any faults Kuzma may have had and the frustrations he sometimes caused, he carried the weight of those expectations and competed at a high level inside the bubble, playing a vital role in the successful quest. of the Lakers for another ring.

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