It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers' trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield are not yet dead.
While a recent report stated that the talks are currently dead, Bob Kravitz of The Athletic reported that negotiations are merely idle right now. Considering that, there is still a possibility the Lakers resume discussions with the Pacers this offseason.
The Lakers and Pacers apparently only exchanged “trade concepts” involving Tuner and Hield. With that said, it's safe to assume there hasn't been any real deep negotiations and talks hasn't collapsed as what others might have been led to believe.
“Just for deeper clarification: The Lakers and Pacers both exchanged trade concepts involving Indiana’s Myles Turner and Buddy Hield, with L.A. presenting a package of draft capital to Indiana, per source. The sides engaged but the talks appear idle for now,” Kravitz wrote.
For what it's worth, this update goes in line with another rumor claiming that the Lakers would only make a move for Buddy Hield or Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon if they can't get Kyrie Irving.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN explained that the Lakers remain focused on Irving and will only proceed to their other options until the Irving situation has been cleared and clarified.
“I’ve reported for weeks now the Lakers have interest in trying to find a trade package for both of them,” McMenamin said, via ClutchPoints Twitter. “I’m of the opinion, though, they will not pull the trigger on a deal like that until they know absolutely for sure that Kyrie Irving cannot happen and will not happen.”
It will be interesting to see what the Lakers will do this offseason. But hey, at least they have options and aren't too fixated on Irving, whom they are unsure they can land.