The Pacers asked for Horton-Tucker in the transfer of Westbrook

The Pacers asked for Horton-Tucker in the transfer of Westbrook

The Indiana Pacers have been one of the teams most involved in the departure of Russell Westbrook from the Lakers. According to these leaks, the franchise intended to absorb the contract expiring of the point guard to get rid of the salary burden for next summer. But along the way they wanted to obtain a piece of the future that the Lakers no longer have: Talen Horton-Tucker. With the arrival of the small forward in Utah in the Patrick Beverley trade, Indiana is no longer the favorite place for Russ to land. Being the Jazz themselves who now appear in the lead.

The negotiations that the Pacers and Lakers were considering included Westbrook, Horton-Tucker and a future first round in exchange for Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. Indiana for its part wanted to add a second first round to the deal. Thus snatching all the draft capital that remains from the Los Angeles franchise. Furthermore, reports Michael Scotto in HoopsHype that they also wanted to add Daniel Theis in the transfer to get rid of the more than 17 million he has left to collect until 2024. This caused the negotiations to cool down and Rob Pelinka to look for other alternatives.

According to Jovan Buha –the athletic— chatting with Scotto himself, the Lakers remain reluctant to lose the two first-round picks they have under their belt. Regarding the 2027 and 2029 drafts. This was what separated the most and separates the positions with the Pacers and now with the Jazz. The journalist believes that the Californians will push in the weeks before training camp to get rid of Westbrook by offering one of his first rounds. But he also thinks that the safest thing is that they will have to choose between them and keep the point guard. Meanwhile, the official spokesmen for the Lakers continue to assure that Russell Westbrook will continue there.

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