It's not Anthony Davis, but this acquisition for the Los Angeles Lakers will be of tremendous help in the meantime.
LeBron and Co. have been desperate for an effective three-point shooter, and as trade rumors have mostly focused on the team's pursuit of AD, fans perhaps forgot about another NBA veteran Magic Johnson was keeping his eye on.
The Lakers are reportedly acquiring Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons.
Sources: The Lakers are trading guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a draft pick to Detroit for guard Reggie Bullock. Deal is expected to be completed Wednesday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2019
Bullock, 27, spent the last four seasons in Detroit and has had a career year in 2018-2019. He's averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.8 minutes per game, all of which are career highs. He's also been shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc, and though that's not a career best, he's making and attempting the most threes he's even been.
This will add a new dynamic to the Lakers offense, and as for the Pistons, they'll help themselves out in a different way.
Detroit will create a $2.5M trade exception with the Reggie Bullock trade to the Lakers. Bullock is in the final year of his contract and Los Angeles will inherit his bird rights in the summer. Former second-round Svi Mykhailiuk is in year one of a... https://t.co/4MPcpKxhYD— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 6, 2019
Detroit could be headed for a rebuild of sorts as, once again, their star-studded roster can't seem to get the job done. The Pistons are 24-29, good for ninth place in the East despite having one of the best frontcourts in the league as well as a fresh new voice in Dwane Casey.
Bullock loved his time in Detroit, but certainly understands what had to be done.
My love for the city was nothing that I could explain over a tweet, THE LOVE EXTENDS BEYOND! @DetroitPistons thanks for a Lifetime MEMORY! Made me who I am today 🙏— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) February 6, 2019
Don't rule out more moves coming from the Motor City before the deadline.