As the season was going for the Lakers, one of the safest bets in this market closing was to venture the transfer of Russell Westbrook. Although the Los Angeles team has not made a move in this market, it will not be because they have not tried, especially with the point guard they have been trying to find a place for all season in Sacramento.
To fully understand the outcome of this story, you have to go back several seasons. According to some information, the Lakers and Kings were very close to closing the transfer of Buddy Hield, a player who had raised a lot of interest in L.A. But instead of finalizing the operation, the Lakers chose to change course and reached an agreement with the Wizards for the transfer of Russell Westbrook.
The Kings then felt betrayed by the Lakers, but trade talks picked up earlier this season. The Lakers still wanted Hield and put Russell Westbrook himself on the table.
Arriving the last days of the market, the Lakers insisted on closing the operation, rejecting even the Rockets’ offer of a trade with John Wall. However, this time it was the Kings who decided to break the negotiation to transfer Buddy Hield to the Indiana Pacers along with Tyrese Haliburton and Tristan Thompson in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday and a second round of the 2023 Draft in one of the largest operations of this winter market.
At first it was said that the Pacers intended to get rid of Hield, but the team itself has confirmed that it has a place for him and that its intention is to keep him on the roster. Meanwhile, the Lakers continue to reel in an uncertain season that is headed for disaster, with seven losses in the last 10 games, with no changes to their roster that could offer any hope and with Westbrook on board.