The Los Angeles Lakers slow start to the 2022-23 season has recently been the subject of much fanfare. The Lakers were the last team to win their first game of the season and have struggled mightily to incorporate Russell Westbrook into their game plan and hit their jump shots in every one of their games. Still, there are avenues Los Angeles could take to improve themselves this season, and if they continue to struggle, they may have to be utilized.
Turner makes a plea for the Lakers to trade for him
One idea that has been floated frequently is for the Lakers to package Westbrook and their final two tradeable first-round picks to bring in some veteran talent from a rebuilding team. Teams such as the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz have been rumored to be interested in such a package, but it's clear the first-round picks are what those rebuilding squads are interested in.
If the Pacers made such a deal with the Lakers, Myles Turner would likely be one of the players going to the Lakers. Los Angeles was rumored to have a deal involving Westbrook and their two first-rounders in exchange for Turner and Buddy Hield on the table, but they never pulled the trigger on the deal. If you ask Turner, it's a deal the Lakers should consider making, and he offered a very interesting response when asked about L.A. potentially trading for him.
"If I'm the Lakers, I take a very hard look at this with the position that you are in, and I know I can provide to a team my leadership, my shot blocking, my three-point ability and just my ability to make plays out there on the floor. I would take a very long look at it." - Myles Turner, The Woj Pod
Turner sounds quite interested in being traded to the Lakers
Turner doesn't shy away from showing his interest in being traded to the Lakers and teaming up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to build a winner in Los Angeles. Heck, at times, it sounds like Turner is even making a plea for the Lakers to get him off the Pacers, which is a bit surprising, even with Indiana gearing up for a rebuild.
In a way, Turner makes a lot of sense here. The Lakers don't have a true starting center and have been forced to roll with Davis at the five to open the season, which is less than ideal. Davis has made it clear that he doesn't want to play center, but Los Angeles doesn't have any other options. Turner would immediately fill that hole, and they would pick up another solid backcourt option in Hield along with him.
So far, the Lakers haven't shown much interest in pulling the trigger on any deal like this, but that could change if they continue to struggle. Turner seems open to a move, and maybe he is the key to fixing Los Angeles' numerous issues. Either way, Turner's comments are certainly noteworthy, and it will be interesting to see whether he ends up on the Lakers or not this season.