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NBA rumors have recently surfaced that New York Knicks guard Reggie Bullock has been targeted by the LA Lakers. Two other Eastern Conference teams are also reportedly in the running for Bullock’s services.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are interested in taking over the journeyman’s services.
“According to an NBA source, two Atlantic Division teams, the Celtics and 76ers, are interested in Knicks swingman Reggie Bullock, who started the season at shooting guard or small forward,” Berman wrote.
The source said the Lakers, for whom Bullock played alongside LeBron James in 2018/19, also have Bullock on their list. Interestingly, a report surfaced on Wednesday that the Lakers will try to lure Chris Paul back to Los Angeles. and Bullock are both from North Carolina and are close by.”
“Bullock’s preference is to stay with the Knicks, but he is likely to grab the full $9.23 million mid-term cut. A source believes Bullock, who turned 30 in March, will seek a three-year deal.”
The LA Lakers’ interest in Reggie Bullock is no surprise given their need for more three-point shooters to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers were made 25th in 3-pointers during the 2020-21 regular season and 21st in 3-point shooting percentage.
During his two-year stint with the Knicks, Bullock was primarily a starter. However, he will likely come off the bench if he joins the Lakers, Celtics or the 76ers.
NBA Rumors: Reggie Bullock Suits the LA Lakers
As Berman reported in his NBA rumor piece, Reggie Bullock played for the LA Lakers alongside LeBron James during the 2018-19 season. He started in 16 out of 19 games after they traded for him, scoring an average of 9.3 points in 27.6 minutes of playing time.
A return to Tinseltown with a more complete LA Lakers squad could turn him into one of their deadliest weapons coming off the bench next season.
Reggie Bullock is a 39.2 percent career 3-point shooter, making him an ideal guard to play on an LA Lakers squad that boasts two of the best strikers in the NBA. For the Knicks, he averaged 10.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting, but made 41.0 percent of his 3-point attempts.
The biggest concern for the LA Lakers in signing Reggie Bullock is the financial aspect. If Bullock is indeed going to seek the “entire center cut of $9.23 million”, the Lakers will not have the financial capacity to give him that deal. The highest amount they can offer a free agent is $5.9 million because anything beyond that will solidify them, including a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks for Bullock.
If the LA Lakers can find a way to sign the nine-year veteran without sacrificing their cap space, this would be the ideal way to go. Otherwise, Reggie Bullock will eventually return to the Knicks or go to the Celtics or Sixers instead.
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