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Gary Trent Jr. on Discount Contract Would Be Steal for LeBron, Lakers amid NBA Rumors

Zach Buckley @@ZachBuckleyNBA Featured Columnist IV July 10, 2024 Megan Briggs/Getty Images It’s been a quiet, but fortunate NBA offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers. While the needle-moving transaction arguably needed to get this club to a championship level hasn’t taken place, they’ve scored a bunch of small but potentially significant victories along the way.

Gary Trent Jr. on Discount Contract Would Be Steal for LeBron, Lakers amid NBA Rumors

Zach LogoFeatured Columnist IVJuly 10, 2024

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 12: Gary Trent Jr. #33 of the Toronto Raptors looks on against the Miami Heat during the third quarter of the game at Kaseya Center on April 12, 2024 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

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It has been a quiet, however lucky NBA offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Whereas the needle-moving transaction arguably wanted to get this membership to a championship stage hasn’t taken place, they’ve scored a bunch of small however doubtlessly vital victories alongside the way in which.

Like with the ability to pivot away from their Dan Hurley pursuit and right into a head teaching rent of JJ Redick, who felt like the favourite for a lot of the search. Or standing pat at picks Nos. 17 and 55 and nonetheless leaving the expertise seize with Dalton Knecht and Bronny James. Or not solely getting a dedication from LeBron James, but in addition getting assist from the King by means of a slight however vital paycut.

And based mostly on the most recent free company buzz, it sounds just like the basketball gods may very well be able to shine favor on this franchise as soon as once more.

Gary Trent Jr., a 25-year-old swingman with a profession 38.6 three-point share, waded into free company waters wanting like he’d be out of attain for the Lakers. Gamers together with his mixture of age, potential and upside sometimes command greater than the membership may afford. Even he thought he may command a wage “within the $25 million vary,” per TSN’s Josh Lewenberg.

Cash has since dried up across the Affiliation, although, to the purpose it is laborious to say the place Trent will discover his deal or for the way a lot.

The Raptors, who initially had curiosity in one thing “round $15 million” in wage, per Lewenberg, have reportedly pulled their supply and “are ready to maneuver on.” Wanting across the league, there aren’t a number of logical touchdown spots for Trent, regardless of the robust on-paper credentials he has to supply.

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If Lakers followers pay attention carefully, they’ll in all probability hear alternative’s knock.

Trent could be an incredible match, offered he may match within the finances, after all. There are causes to consider he may. One league insider informed Lewenberg that Trent could be “fortunate” to seek out the non-taxpayer midlevel exception ($12.5 million wage). Lewenberg added Trent may presumably “solely earn half of that” if he landed in L.A.

Trent, to be clear, is not some magical repair for this franchise. He’s a extremely good exterior shooter who struggles with consistency in different areas.

He’s stable, although, and has packed a good scoring punch when given the chance (17.9 factors per recreation over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, when he was largely a daily starter). And, once more, his age makes it simple to imagine his recreation hasn’t reached its remaining kind but.

That a part of the gross sales pitch is secondary to the great things for this group, although. The Lakers have had a capturing scarcity for years, and Trent may present a large raise in that space.

This previous season, L.A. averaged simply 11.8 three-point makes on 31.4 makes an attempt. The champion Boston Celtics, for reference, averaged 16.5 on 42.5. Even stars who shine as brilliant as LeBron James and Anthony Davis may have bother overcoming numbers like that.

If Redick is ready to implement a extra perimeter-oriented offense, they will not must.

“I will use math,” Redick told reporters at his introductory press convention.

Including Trent would go a great distance towards making the mathematics work. He ought to be a no brainer goal if market situations imply the mathematics would wind up engaged on a cut price contract with the Lakers.

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