REPORTS: Lakers Tried To Hijack Knicks Trade for Hawks’ Star

Published 01/14/2022, 1:46 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Cam Reddish (22) drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) and shooting guard Joe Harris (12) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers might be in a tight spot as the playoffs approach. The upcoming NBA Trade Deadline might give them some hope, possibly helping the Lakers improve their performance. However, it doesn’t look like an easy road ahead for the team.

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According to a recent report, the team has already tried and failed to rope in Cam Reddish–who is now with the New York Knicks.

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Did the Lakers really try to acquire Cam Reddish?

By the looks of it, the Lakers are determined to try. According to the Athletic’s Fred Katz and Chris Kirschner, the Lakers reportedly attempted to sign Reddish. Unfortunately, the deal did not work out, and the Atlanta Hawks opted for a first-round pick instead.

The Lakers offered the Hawks two second-rounders in exchange for Reddish. However, Atlanta was looking for a first-round pick, positive that a team would offer one, eventually. The Knicks sent a 2022 first-round pick through the Charlotte Hornets and Kevin Knox II to Atlanta.

Dec 11, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) shoots between Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) and forward Cam Reddish (22) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The problem with the Lakers was that they couldn’t possibly offer a younger alternative for Reddish. Playing with the oldest roster in the NBA, the team does not have much new talent available on hand. Additionally, they also do not have a first-round pick that they could have easily offered the Hawks in a similar fashion to the Knicks. This could be seen in one of two ways.

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On one end, the Lakers’ roster might not be affected too much without Reddish on the team. However, this might mean that not many outfits are looking to trade with the Lakers. They have less to offer than some others out there, with a smaller pool of young talent. As a result, the Lakers might not find much success trading this time around.

Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate guard Austin Reaves (15) making a three point shot to defeat the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from Reddish, Russell Westbrook trade rumors have been around for some time. However, with limited options in their hands, the Lakers are certainly doing their best to find a trade. Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn can also be traded by the team. Unfortunately, they might not be enough to land the player the Lakers are looking for.

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What do you think of the Lakers’ current situation? Can the team find a good trade by the deadline?

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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