Lakers among teams suing Pistons’ Jerami grant


It’s no secret that the start of the 2021-22 season has not gone as well as expected for the Los Angeles Lakers. While they have been playing better lately, overall the Lakers are 15-13 and have failed to string together wins the way championship-caliber teams do.

While not all is lost this season, the Lakers will have some tough decisions to make before the trade deadline. It’s fair to assume that the Lakers will be looking to take a step forward, although it won’t be that easy given their lack of assets and negotiable wages.

Plus, the Lakers haven’t played a single game at full throttle this season, so it’s hard to say exactly what they have and what they need.

Wing defenders who can also knock down shots seem to be the Lakers’ greatest need, especially with them who have committed to playing more small balls in recent weeks.

Perhaps the best player who fits that description that may be available before the deadline is Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons. For this reason, it is not surprising that Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the Lakers are among the interested teams:

Jerami Grant is one of the most sought-after players in a potential trade, with the Lakers and Trail Blazers among the teams chasing the versatile Pistons forward, sources said. Grant will miss an extended time with torn ligaments in his right thumb, but that shouldn’t impact his commercial market. Dozens of teams call the Detroit front office about Grant every week, and sources have said the team is open to a possible deal.

Grant still has a year on his contract, so if the Lakers trade for him, they will have to keep in mind that he will be eligible for a four-year extension worth up to $ 112 million during the off-season.

Given the Lakers’ lack of assets, it will be interesting to see if they are even able to put together a package good enough to acquire Grant. Talks would likely start with Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, another minimum wage and a compensation plan.

If the Lakers are able to strike a deal with this type of package, it’s definitely something to consider as Grant would help solve many of the team’s bigger issues.

Lakers also interested in Simmons

Charania also reports that the Lakers have an interest in acquiring Ben Simmons, which would speak of more salary and assets to be made.

While it remains to be seen whether either of these players are realistic for LA before the deadline, it’s clear that Rob Pelinka is doing his due diligence in trying to upgrade the roster.

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