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Per Shams Charania, Brad Turner and other reports, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade rookie wing Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for sharpshooter Reggie Bullock. This move comes less than two days before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The trade is expected to be made official on Wednesday.
ESPN reports the pick is a second-rounder. Drafted in the second round himself this year (47th overall) by Los Angeles, Mykhailiuk has played sparingly this season. Averaging 3.2 points per game on just 10.7 minutes, the former Kansas Jayhawks star’s role has taken a huge hit from college to the pros. Shooting nearly 41% from beyond the arc in college and not yet having reached his 21st birthday, there is plenty of potential left for the Ukrainian swingman to tap into.
Bullock, now in his sixth season in the NBA, is averaging career-highs in MPG (30.7), PPG (12.0), RPG (2.7) and AST (2.5) while knocking down over 38 percent of his attempts from deep. A career 39.6% three-point shooter, it’s quite possible Bullock steps in becomes the best shooter on the Lakers. He will stand out on a team that has been the second-worst in the league from three on the season (33.4%). Still just 27 years old, Los Angeles is receiving the former North Carolina Tar Heel right in his athletic prime.
While Detroit is currently just a game out of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, swapping its fourth-leading scorer for a rookie may be a long-term move. For a Los Angeles team seeking to make a playoff push now that LeBron James is back from injury, adding a sniper certainly won’t hurt.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.