Reggie Bullock was one of the key acquisitions of the Los Angeles Lakers at the NBA trade deadline but has so far failed to prove that he was worth the deal. He was taken in to provide added firepower and help out LeBron James in the scoring department.
Bullock was acquired from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second-round pick. Prior to the NBA trade deadline, the Lakers were on the prowl for a wingman and most anticipated that to go to Carmelo Anthony. The acquisition failed to reap dividends with the Lakers well on their way to missing the NBA playoff bus yet again.
Looking ahead to next season, the Lakers are expected to keep and release some players. Bullock is an upcoming free agent and is expected to draw interest from several NBA teams. He is only 27 and his ability to light it up from the outside makes him a valuable asset for teams in search of a reliable outside shooter.
Give the choice, Bullock says that he would prefer to re-sign with the Lakers. He holds no qualms playing alongside James and this could be something that team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka may want to seriously consider, Lakers Nation reported.
“I like the way they play. He gets into the paint, a lot of people absorb around him, and he’s great at passing out of double-teams, finding shooters. That’s a skill set that I have,” said Bullock.
Bullock may be struggling at the moment since he does not have the luxury of time to get acquainted with the system of the Lakers. The same goes to blending in with his Lakers teammates, some of which may no longer be around next season.
Unless the Lakers have other players in mind, keeping Bullock should be a logical choice to do. He is an outside threat, but the Lakers may skim the free agent market first before deciding on the 27-year-old’s fate.
Los Angeles is expected to have a busy summer as they try once again to assemble a formidable team centered on LeBron James. Not too many players are fine teaming up with LeBron, although Bullock seems fine with it. It should be another point Johnson and Pelinka may want to consider when they sit down and map out plans for the purple and gold in the 2019-20 NBA season.