Jeremy Lamb of the Indiana Pacers is allegedly drawing interest from two teams – the Los Angeles Lakers and the Charlotte Hornets. The 29-year-old swingman is in the final year of his deal with the Pacers but is someone who has fallen down the pecking order of the team.

Interest by the Lakers and the Hornets was reported by J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star. It comes not long after he also reported that the Pacers were looking to move Lamb with Caris LeVert and 13th overall pick Chris Duarte likely to be used ahead of him.

Moving out would make sense for Lamb only that he is coming off a so-so season. He suited up in only 36 games for Indiana due to a knee injury. Before that, he also suffered a left ACL injury and meniscus in February 2020.

With those in mind, the Pacers are unlikely to get much from a trade. Teams are unlikely to give up huge assets for the 6-foot-5 player.

The Lakers appear to be a good fit but his $10.5 million contract is something the purple and gold may not be able to afford. Most know that the best the Lakers can offer is a minimum deal.

Hence, the only way for the Lakers to get Lamb may be through a buyout by the Pacers and then signing him to a veteran’s minimum.

Lamb could have better chances of being traded to the Hornets. However, the problem there is that Charlotte appears stacked. They already have Terry Rozier who they signed to a four-year $97 million deal. Aside from that, they also took in James Bouknight.

LaMelo Ball is also around, yet another player that Charlotte has at its disposal. So unless Hornets coach James Borrego has something ingenious up his sleeves, adding Lamb to the fold remains unclear.

Lamb holds career averages of 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He also owns a 44.4% shooting clip from the field and 34.4% from beyond the arc.

Jeremy Lamb
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