Lakers denied Pacers' request for two first-round choices in Turner/Hield transaction.

Myles Turner and Buddy Hield were traded by the Lakers and Pacers. Again. The Hoosiers wanted two unprotected first-round picks

It happened this summer and again this week, according to Shams Charania of The Atheltic.

Beyond that, the breakdown is easy. The Pacers want a first-round pick for Turner and Hield, plus $47 million for Russell Westbrook

The Lakers won't trade their only two picks for the rest of the decade (2027 and 2029) unless it makes them a title contender.

Turner's defence and floor space would be a good match next to Anthony Davis, and Hield's shooting would assist the Lakers' spacing

 but adding them doesn't make them title candidates. So the Lakers slowed down.

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