Gary Trent Jr. is the latest player to find himself involved in the Los Angeles Lakers rumors mill. Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype reported on Wednesday that the Lakers are doing their due diligence around the league and have expressed interest in Toronto’s Gary Trent Jr.
Trent, 23, is a young and promising two-guard that the Toronto Raptors traded for last season and signed to a new deal in the offseason. The second-round pick in 2018 was traded alongside Rodney Hood from the Portland Trail Blazers for Norman Powell.
Trent certainly has potential but with the Raptors’ current ceiling and him not totally gelling in Toronto, the Raptors could move Trent if the price is right. To acquire him, the Lakers would have to build the perfect trade package.
The perfect trade package to make the Gary Trent Jr. Lakers rumors into a reality:
If the Lakers are going to trade for Trent then they are going to have to package both Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn together. Trent is making juts over $16 million a season and to match the money THT and Nunn need their contracts to be packaged together.
From a value standpoint, that is the best thing that the Lakers can send as well. The Raptors are not going to trade Trent for peanuts even if he has not been as good as the team was hoping for him to be.
So how would both sides react to this deal? Let’s break down whether or not the Raptors would say yes to this offer from the Los Angeles Lakers and if the Lakers would even be willing to send it.