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Report: Lakers pursuing Pacers’ Buddy Hield

The Los Angeles Lakers may be trying to reverse a recent slip-up.

Matt Moore of The Action Network reports Wednesday that the Lakers have circled back to targeting a trade for Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield. The Lakers were on the verge of landing Hield, then with the Sacramento Kings, last summer. But they had a last-minute change of heart and redirected the assets that would have been used to acquire Hield to trade for former MVP Russell Westbrook instead.

The Westbrook move ended up going wrong and is still giving the Lakers organization a headache. But successfully maneuvering this time around for Hield, who is owed $39 million over the next two seasons, might help alleviate some of the pain.

Averaging 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Pacers last season, Hield is a catch-and-shoot demon who has nailed 39.8% of his 3-pointers for his career. That would make Hield an ideal fit for a LeBron James-led offense, regardless of who else is on the floor. If nothing materializes on the Hield front though, the Lakers appear to be targeting another big name in free agency.

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