3 trades that could bring Bojan Bogdanovic to the Los Angeles Lakers

Dec 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) controls the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) defends during the in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) controls the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) defends during the in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports /
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3. Lakers make a bigger deal involving Russell Westbrook

This is definitely the least likely of the three trade packages but if the NBA has taught us anything over the last decade it is to expect the unexpected. A lot would have to develop in the trade market for this to be the end result but it certainly could happen depending on how the chips fall.

Perhaps the Russell Westbrook experiment on the bench starts to go sour as we approach the trade deadline and Rob Pelinka becomes more desperate to trade him. Instead of just trying to trade Beverley and Nunn, Los Angeles might look to trade Westbrook in a different deal to completely reinvent the rotation.

Indiana may not get any suitors for Myles Turner that are willing to trade a first-round pick. Thus, the team could be more willing to trade him for just one first (a valuable one at that from the Lakers) since they will only be sending him off for half a season.

Detroit’s logic remains perhaps the most unchanged. They would be getting a protected first-round pick for Bogdanovic and in this specific trade, would also get young talent in Max Christie to make up for the multiple years of Daniel Theis (who is cheap).

As far as the Lakers go, they might view this as a better version of the Myles Turner/Buddy Hield trade package. Bogdanovic is undoubtedly the better all-around player than Hield. While the Lakers are not getting the all-star that they reportedly want for both their picks, they would be getting two hugely impactful role players that would instantly start.

LA’s crunch-time lineup would then consist of Lonnie Walker IV, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner.