Rob Pelinka believes Reggie Bullock will be ‘key piece’ for Lakers’ playoff push
The Los Angeles Lakers failed to acquire Anthony Davis before the trade deadline, but they’ve made some minor moves to help improve the roster. Among other moves, they acquired Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second round pick.
In an interview with Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Bresnahan, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka says he’s pleased to have gotten Bullock from the trade market and believes that the six year veteran will bey an integral part of the Lakers’ playoff push.
“Reggie Bullock, he had a 43 percent three-point shooting season last year. So he’s an elite, elite shooter. When we have a guy like LeBron, we want to give ourselves the best chance to go deep in the playoffs. We felt like he was a key piece for that.”
Bullock played 44 games with the Pistons this season, averaging 12.1 points on 41 percent shooting from the field, including 38 percent shooting from the 3-point area. He will immediately play significant minutes for the Lakers, who has been inconsistent in terms of shooting from beyond the arc all season. He is likely to share minutes with fellow shooting guard, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Lakers are currently 10th in the Western Conference with a 28-27 record, but they’re just two games behind the eighth seeded Los Angeles Clippers. A major run could put them back into the playoff picture, but guys like Bullock will need to step up big time to help LeBron James on both ends of the floor.
Bullock is expected to make his debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.