Lakers Rumors: LA Urged to Trade for Hornets’ Gordon Hayward

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham.

All signs point to the Los Angeles Lakers not having a Kyrie Irving sweepstakes, but there are other options for general manager Rob Pelinka to improve the roster. Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey has named Hornets striker Gordon Hayward as the top commercial target pursued by the Lakers.

“Whatever the motive, if it is the right one, the Lakers should pursue it,” Bailey wrote on June 28, 2022. “Hayward has had a terrible time on the floor over the past three years ( averaging just 48.3 appearances per season), but his game will actually quite match LeBron’s.

“In the same time period, he hit 39.6% of his three-point attempts. That alone would be an impetus for James’ drive and kick game, but Hayward has some points in him, too. That means he can make attacks from the wing when LeBron is out of action, or act as a secondary creater attacking the defence the superstar already has in rotation. “

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A deal around Hayward and Russell Westbrook with freebies makes the most sense for both teams. Westbrook has officially opted in to the final season of his current contract, with a $47 million keeper salary for 2022-23. Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that Hornet was indeed interested in adding Hayward.

“The rumor mill is buzzing with the moves Charlotte could make this season,” O’Connor detailed in his final pre-draft mockup. “The Russell Westbrook interest that Marc Stein reported a few months ago is real. Although Westbrook makes little sense as a player alongside Ball, he has an expired contract and the Hornets will likely pocket the restricted free agent Miles Bridges, plus an extension. The term of LaMelo Ball is coming. This is a good time to move some other long-term salaries (e.g. Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier) to an expiring contract with Russ. “

If the Lakers again want to trade with Westbrook, the franchise won’t be showing that vibe publicly. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the Lakers want to give Westbrook another season in Los Angeles and see how the keeper can adapt to new head coach Darvin Ham’s system.

“His future is in LA,” Charania said during a June 28 appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “The Lakers want to see this piece this upcoming season from all I have been told. My guess is that there are many different trading scenarios offered. But with the new coach Darvin Ham, I truly believe that this office team, this management team, the coaching staff, Russell Westbrook, they all want this to work. “

Hayward gets to own $61 million for the next 2 seasons

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The challenge for Hayward is not his production but the striker’s ability to stay healthy. Hayward has not played more than 50 games in the past two seasons. The former All-Star star has scored 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and one steal while shooting 39.1% away in his 49 appearances in the 2021-season. 22.

Hayward has been one of the top players in the NBA to earn an All-Star appearance with the Jazz for his 2016-17 campaign. Chances are Hayward will return as an All-star, but the wing gives the Lakers some extra effort the team is desperate to replenish this season.

Westbrook may have a huge salary but the good thing is that his contract will end after the 2022-23 season. If the Lakers change Hayward, the team must be willing to accept the more than $61 million the veteran owes over the next two seasons as the remainder of his $120 million contract. Hayward will not be a free agent until 2024 and is expected to have a salary of $30 million in 2022-23. Lakers Rumors: LA Urged to Trade for Hornets’ Gordon Hayward

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