The Toronto Raptors have heard from the Los Angeles Lakers who have expressed interest in Gary Trent Jr. ahead of the trade deadline
As the Los Angeles Lakers scour for the league for more floor-spacing help, they’ve reportedly made calls to the Toronto Raptors hoping to land one of Toronto’s best young shooters.
Los Angeles has reportedly “expressed interest” in Gary Trent Jr.’s availability, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. He’s one of several players the struggling Lakers have checked in on recently.
A deal, however, is hard to see, as Scotto suggests. The Lakers don’t have an available first-round pick until 2025 and their dearth of interesting prospects means there likely isn’t anything to pique Toronto’s interest for Trent. A deal would likely have to involve Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn, but the 21-year-old Horton-Tucker hasn’t progressed the way the Lakers had hoped and his value won’t be enough to get the Raptors to move Trent amid a career year for the 22-year-old.
“The Los Angeles Lakers have been doing their due diligence around the league, and expressed interest in Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr., according to league sources,” NBA insider Michael Scotto said. “One of several players they’ve checked in on. However, I don’t see a deal happening between those teams at this time since it would likely have to involve Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn from a salaries perspective.”
Trent would be a valuable addition to a Lakers team that could use a shot in the arm.
This season, the 22-year-old is averaging 16.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Trent is in his fourth season at the NBA level. He was originally a second-round pick in the 2018 draft after spending his college days at Duke University.
L.A. could use some help, and many fans would like to see the team make some noise on the trade market. It remains to be seen whether or not the Lakers will make any big splashes.
The squad is still above .500 despite dropping its last contest. The Lakers are 21-20 on the season and will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, who have lost five straight.