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Getty San Antonio Spurs guard Josh Richardson.

With Kyrie Irving trade talks reaching a standstill, per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers need to continue to build out their roster. The team has added youth and athleticism in free agency but the roster is far from a finished product.

Adding a three-and-D wing should be among the top priorities going forward.

With the free agent well quickly drying up, the Lakers might have to look to the trade market in other places if they want to keep improving. If the team refuses to trade picks, they could dangle Talen Horton-Tucker to teams looking to offload some veterans as they attempt a rebuild. Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report believes that the Lakers trading Horton-Tucker to the San Antonio Spurs for veteran guard Josh Richardson could “change everything”:

Moving Horton-Tucker for a proven three-and-D wing like Richardson immediately makes the Lakers better. The 28-year-old can play and defend multiple positions and averaged 10.2 points while shooting 41.5 percent from three last season between the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs. After his trade to San Antonio, Richardson ranked in the 89th percentile among all players with a plus-7.9 swing rating, per Cleaning the Glass.

The Spurs are clearly punting on the 2022-23 season after trading Dejounte Murray, so moving a veteran like Richardson for a talented 21-year-old in Horton-Tucker is just smart tanking.

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Richardson Would Be a Solid Fit

Richardson isn’t a star or a world-beater. He averaged 12.0 points a game in his career and hits 36.5% of his threes. He doesn’t have the raw upside of Horton-Tucker but he could be a useful piece right away. He’s capable of having a good shooting season. Last season, he hit 41.5% of his threes.

What makes him most appealing is his ability on defense. He’s very similar to former Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He’s more than capable of putting up a great offensive performance from time to time but always puts the effort on defense. Los Angeles missed Caldwell-Pope last season so adding a similar player could be a smart move.

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The Lakers put a lot of faith in Horton-Tucker last offseason when they decided to sign him to a new contract instead of Alex Caruso. The former second-round pick out of Iowa State had shown flashes of star potential and the team was banking on his upside. Unfortunately, it appears to have been a bad bet. Caruso continued to play elite defense with the Chicago Bulls while Horton-Tucker failed to help the Lakers on either side of the court last season.

It’s starting to look like the team has lost faith in the young guard. Previously, the team was very apprehensive to trade him, but now they seem much more open to moving on from him. There’s still a chance he can turn into a very good pro but he doesn’t have the same amount of hype around him. There’s a strong chance he gets moved in the near future for a more proven player like Richardson.

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Celtics Stars Problematic Situation Compared to Past Issues in Boston

Getty Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics.

Jaylen Brown’s name being mentioned in trade rumors reported by Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski, combined with his “Smh” tweet seemingly in response to those rumors, has made Boston Celtics fans a little uneasy. These recent rumors have fueled speculation that Brown will leave the team in two years much like Ray Allen did back in 2012.

The season before Allen left the Celtics to go join LeBron James and the Miami Heat, he had nearly been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for OJ Mayo. The trade that almost was in 2012 made Allen feel unwanted, which was why he left Boston for Miami. Many fear that Brown will follow a similar path. According to Celtics Insider Jackie MacMullan, these situations are not comparable at all because the Celtics are not actively trying to trade Brown like they were with Allen.

“‘Oh my gosh, we don’t want Jaylen Brown, we want to trade him’ — that’s not what’s going on here,” MacMullan told NBC Sports Boston. “(The Celtics) did try to trade Ray Allen. They can deny it all they want.”

“In the end they didn’t, and then they were shocked when he was bruised enough to say, ‘I’m going to move on and go to the team that’s going to help beat you.’ Those are two different scenarios to me.”

To emphasize that the Celtics aren’t looking to trade Brown like they were with Allen, MacMullan made it clear that they were simply looking into what the Brooklyn Nets had in mind in a possible Kevin Durant trade.

“The Celtics aren’t actively trying to trade Jaylen Brown. One of the generational players, Kevin Durant, is available. You’d be a fool not to investigate it. (President of basketball operations) Brad Stevens isn’t doing his job if he doesn’t investigate it.”

In other words, the Celtics would only trade Brown if they could get someone like Durant for him.

MacMullan to the Worryers: ‘Stop It”

MacMullan also made it clear that trade rumors such as these wouldn’t bother someone like Jaylen Brown because trade rumors are not only part of the business, but being put in the same conversation as Durant is a compliment.

“This bit about, ‘Oh no! Maybe we’ve upset Jaylen Brown!’ Stop it. Absolutely stop it. He is an intelligent young man who should feel complimented that so many people are interested in him, and he also needs to understand that Jayson Tatum is the one and only untouchable. Jaylen Brown will be fine going forward if they never pull the trigger on this deal. That’s just the silliest bunch of stuff I’ve heard.”

MacMullan later stressed that the best route forward for both sides would be for Brown to get paid the maximum amount for his next contract.

“In a perfect scenario, the Celtics extend Jaylen Brown for the max they can extend him when the time comes. They move forward with a nucleus to me that looks like it had a very good shot.”

"Stop it. Absolutely stop it."

Jackie MacMullan is not here for the 'The Celtics have upset Jaylen Brown' talk ????️

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 3, 2022

Despite the rumors, all indications are that Brown not only loves playing in Boston, but he’ll be ready to go when the 2022-23 season starts.

Brown ‘Loves it in Boston’

After the trade rumors came out involving Durant and Brown, Mark Murphy reporter that Brown loves playing for the Celtics and was looking forward to coming back to try again for a title.

“He loves it in Boston. He was two games away from a championship. He’s happy and looking forward to coming back. … Like Kawhi, AD and others on that level, he’s going to be included in every report because of who he is.”

Source on Jaylen Brown's reaction to trade rumors: "He loves it in Boston. He was two games away from a championship. He's happy and looking forward to coming back. … Like Kawhi, AD and others on that level, he's going to be included in every report because of who he is."

— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 25, 2022

Until any new reports from reliable reporters come out and say otherwise, it’s safe to presume that Brown is happy to play for the Celtics going forward.

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