Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday that the Lakers’ had reached out to the Detroit Pistons in regards to a potential trade for Reggie Bullock. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, The Athletic’s Shams Charania broke the news that the Lakers have traded 21-year-old Svi Mykhailiuk and a second round pick for the 27-year-old guard.
Bullock is on a $2.5million expiring contract, who is averaging 12.1 points per game, along with 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists, all career-highs. Importantly, Bullock is a shooter who has converted .437% from three-point land over his career. He has been described as a versatile player who can guard ball handlers and forwards on the wing.
Bullock is a defensive presence that adds some much-needed shooting to a Lakers roster that is in need of further depth, as they make a push for the playoffs. Also, there is the scope to keep Bullock beyond this season as the Lakers have inherited his bird rights. Which would make it more worthwhile parting with a promising shooter in Svi and a second rounder.
Obviously, it is a shame to see Svi moved on so early in his career. We’re sure he will become a good shooter in this league, it will just take some time for him to get there. Time that the Lakers unfortunately do not have. The deal was announced officially later on in the day.
By Matt Evans (@mattyyyevans)