‣ The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly the two teams most interested in acquiring Toronto Raptors guard Bruce Brown.
‣ Bruce Brown, who is currently making $22 million this season, is averaging career highs of 11.9 points and 29.1 minutes per game.
‣ If the Lakers get outbid for Dejounte Murray, their next best available candidate is Brown. The Lakers have previously shown interest in Brown and considered acquiring him with their non-taxpayer mid-level exception.
The NBA trade rumor mill is churning. The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly eyeing Toronto Raptors guard Bruce Brown.
Michael Scott of HoopsHype spilled the beans in a chat with The Athletic’s Jovan Buha. “You mentioned Bruce Brown being second to Dejounte Murray in the Lakers’ trade target list,” Scott said. “And you also mentioned the Lakers’ interest in Brown.”
But it’s not just the Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks are in the mix too. “They had considered him in free agency with their available funds before they landed Grant Williams,” Scott revealed. “They’re looking to beef up the three and four positions, while turning down requests for Dereck Lively.”
A tweet from @wojespn shed more light on the Lakers’ plans. They’ve been coveting Bruce Brown for a while. They tried to sign him in free agency, then reached out to the Pacers about a trade. All this before he was included in the Pascal Siakam blockbuster. The Lakers, it seems, are not done with their phone calls.
Brown might be a cheaper option than Murray, but he’s no slouch. The 27-year-old is pocketing $22 million this season. His contract includes a $23 million team option for 2024-25. His club option deadline? June 29.
He’s been impressive on the court too. In his 36 appearances this season, Brown is averaging career highs of 11.9 points and 29.1 minutes per game. His shooting stats? 48.1% from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range, and a career-best 82.1% at the foul line.
The question now is: will the Mavericks get Dejounte Murray and the Lakers Bruce Brown? If the Lakers lose the bid for Murray, Brown is their next best option. It’s worth noting that Murray is in the final season of the four-year, $64 million contract he signed with the San Antonio Spurs in October 2019.
The Spurs’ pursuit of Murray is a bit of a mystery. If they’re still interested, that is. He’s got a four-year, $114.07 million deal with Atlanta coming up in 2024-25.
Buha added, “The Lakers have had their eye on Bruce Brown since last summer. There was a time when they thought they could snag him with their non-taxpayer mid-level exception.”
Brown himself has spoken about the trade rumors. But the Dallas Mavericks might have an upper hand in the race for Murray. Why? The Lakers are reluctant to trade Austin Reaves. They’re not interested in letting him go unless they get a “clear-cut All-Star” or multiple rotation upgrades in return.
The Lakers’ Gabe Vincent is another interesting piece. He signed a three-year, $33 million contract in the offseason. With two years left on that deal and him still recovering from knee surgery, he’s one player that L.A. brass wants to move.
Rui Hachimura is also on the trade block. But trading him means the Lakers lose one of their best frontcourt scorers. It’s a lose-lose situation for L.A.
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