Among the many players that the Lakers nosed around on last NBA season as they sought a roster upgrade—offering a package of Kendrick Nunn and Talen Horton-Tucker.—was Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr., who is the kind of young two-way wing the team was sorely lacking last season.
As Michael Scotto of HoopsHype noted, “The Lakers had called and poked around on him last year when they were dangling their Kendrick Nunn, Talen Horton-Tucker and a first-round pick package throughout the league.”
Needless to say, the conversation did not get very far. Trent averaged a career-best 18.3 points last season, making 41.4% of his shots, mostly from the 3-point line, where he knocked down 38.3%. At 23 years old, Trent is showing he has a bright future.
Question is, can the Lakers make another run at him? Would the Nunn-THT-pick package have any more chance of working?
One Eastern Conference executive weighed in: “The pick is the key thing, if the Raptors think that pick is going to be valuable, and it might very well be, then it makes some sense. Horton-Tucker and Nunn, you assume he is going to play again and be a pretty good bargain. The Raptors like Horton-Tucker, remember they wanted him in the Kyle Lowry deal that fell through with the Lakers. It is hard to say what kind of future Trent is going to have there, if they’ll pay him. So if they can get assets back now, it is something to explore.”