The Los Angeles Lakers are seeking to add firepower around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Because of their tight cap situation, that will likely have to come via trade.
Per the latest scuttlebutt, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is eyeing Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, though he may have to reunite Kevin Love with James in order to make it happen.
On Monday, Sam Amico of HoopsWire reported that Los Angeles is among a slew of teams — including the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers, and New Orleans Pelicans — monitoring the Sexton situation.
“Some of the teams in that group would be willing to take back the contract of Cavs power forward Kevin Love to help make a Sexton trade work, sources said. Others might reach out to third parties to help facilitate a deal. All apparently remain in the exploratory stage and have yet to put together anything resembling a real offer.”
Sexton, the No. 8 overall pick in 2018, averaged 24.3 points per game in 2020-21 and he’s drastically improved each season. He would provide a scoring upgrade over Dennis Schroder though hasn’t proven to have the same defensive chops, and he’s never played in high-pressure situations since joining the NBA. As a career 38.5% three-point shooter for his career, Sexton would help address that area of need.