The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a draft pick to Detroit in exchange for guard Reggie Bullock, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The deal gives LeBron James & Co. a much-needed 3-point threat.
Bullock, 27, is in his fourth season with the Pistons, averaging 12 points and shooting 38 percent on 6.6 3-point attempts per game.
According to Second Spectrum, Bullock is shooting 39.8 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers this season. That would rank first among Lakers players with at least 50 catch-and-shoot 3s.
Detroit will create a $2.5 million trade exception with the deal. Bullock is in the final year of his contract, and the Lakers will inherit his Bird rights this summer. Mykhailiuk, 21, was drafted by the Lakers with the 47th pick last year, and he is in the first year of a three-year, $4.6 million contract. The Pistons have until July 5 to guarantee his $1.4 million contract for the 2019-20 season. The former Kansas star is averaging 3 points in 10.7 minutes per game this season.
The Lakers are 20th in the league in 3-point attempts, and 29th in percentage, shooting just 33.4 percent from downtown.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
The Lakers have been in talks with the New Orleans Pelicans about Davis, the All-Star center. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson wants the Pelicans to start making counterproposals to offers on Davis, threatening to end talks unless New Orleans shows a willingness to engage in a back-and-forth on reaching a deal. From the Pistons’ perspective. They’re just one game behind the Heat for the eighth playoff spot in the East, and have been clear in their goal to get back to the playoffs after swinging a blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin last season. While it’s been a disappointing season so far, the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture is in no way inspiring, and the Pistons could easily push their way into the postseason.
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