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Lakers target former Celtics guard in trade talks: report

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The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for any help they can to support their stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis as the team hopes to be in contention for another championship. The Athletic’s Jovan Buha reported on Sept. 16 that the Lakers were in trade talks that got them a former Boston Celtics guard in a deal involving Donovan Mitchell before being traded to Cleveland.

“The Lakers discussed a four-team trade involving Utah, New York and Charlotte before trading Donovan-Mitchell to Cleveland, according to league sources. A tentative iteration of a four-team deal would have seen Bojan Bogdanović and Terry Rozier return to Los Angeles.”

Rozier was drafted by the Celtics in 2015 and played for them until 2019. In his four years with the Celtics, he was one of the starters for the Celtics going into the playoffs to Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.

Since then he has played for the Charlotte Hornets. During the 2022-23 season, Rozier averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from three.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that former Celtics guard Dennis Schroder has agreed to return to the Lakers on a one-year deal worth $2.64 million.

Schroder played for the Lakers in the 2020-21 season, where he averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from three. Before Schroder signed with the Celtics the following summer, Schroder was endlessly ridiculed for giving up a four-year extension worth up to $84 million.

There was speculation that Schroder wanted to return to the Lakers throughout the offseason. On July 19, LeBron commented on one of Schroder’s Instagram rolls, to which Schroder responded by saying, “Might gotta run it back?” with the crown emoji, meaning LeBron’s nickname as King James.

After the Lakers took over Patrick Beverley, Marc Stein reported that a possible return of Schroders to the Lakers on August 28 had not been completely ruled out.

“It’s not yet clear whether the Beverley acquisition completely rules out a Schroeder return, or whether a potential Westbrook exit could open the door again,” Stein reported Aug. 28.

Schröder fulfilled his wish just before the training camp begins.

On Aug. 24, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report detailed a trading scenario in which the Lakers would trade Rozier and Hayward for Westbrook and the two first-round picks the Lakers currently have in their arsenal (2027 and 2029).

Bailey’s reasoning was that Hayward’s skills and Rozier’s distance would help the Lakers a lot.

“For a team as desperate as the Lakers should be (who knows how long a title window will stay open with Anthony Davis and the 37-year-old LeBron), paying that much makes sense.

“Hayward’s health concerns notwithstanding (he’s averaged fewer than 50 appearances per season over the past three years), he obviously spreads better than Westbrook and fits into positionless forward combinations alongside LeBron. With AD on the 5 and these two making it, it’s easy to imagine a high-end offensive in LA

“And that’s before you add in Rozier’s rowdy three-point shooting to keep defenders on the rim honest.”

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