Reggie Bullock to make Los Angeles Lakers debut Sunday vs. Sixers
After acquiring Reggie Bullock in a trade with the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping that the 27-year-old guard is ready to play as soon as possible. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin confirmed Bullock’s possible debut date with the purple and gold.
Reggie Bullock will go through his post-trade physical in Detroit and will not play for the Lakers against Boston, according to his agent, David Bauman of ISE Basketball. The hope is his first game as a Laker will be Sunday in Philadelphia.
The Lakers have been looking for 3-point shooters on the trade market, and immediately negotiated with the Pistons after knowing that Bullock was available. They sent rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second round pick to Detroit in the deal.
Bullock had a decent stint with the Pistons, as he’s averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. He will immediately become one of the Lakers’ primary offensive options off the bench, as veterans Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley has been inconsistent all season.
But Bullock’s stint with the Lakers is expected to end after this season, as the team is expected to save as much cap room as possible in order to prepare for this summer’s free agency. Los Angeles is expected to go after Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, or Klay Thompson.
Los Angeles is reportedly not done wheeling and dealing, as they still plan to negotiate with the Washington Wizards regarding the availability of forward Trevor Ariza. They are looking to improve the team in preparation for a late postseason push.