The Los Angeles Lakers are 16-16 on the year and desperately need to make a change.
With Anthony Davis out for least another month and LeBron James playing four more minutes per game this year than he did last, reinforcements are badly needed.
There has been a lot of talk about how LA is talking to two teams about a possible Russell Westbrook trade. That said, details regarding who they’d be acquiring have remained scarce.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers have their eye on two guys specifically.
“I heard directly from Rich Paul that LeBron James isn’t leaving the Lakers.. this team just doesn’t look it has the young legs that they need to have & they have been very active in the trade market” ~@ShamsCharania#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/BZEAMM6Zkb
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“They made that trade for Russell Westbrook in the summer and it hasn’t just paid dividends,” Charania said on the Pat McAFee Show.
“This team doesn’t look like it has the young legs that they need to have. That’s why I’ve heard that they have been active in the trade market. When you look at a guy like Ben Simmons, they’d love to get their hands on a guy like him. Jerami Grant, those are the types of guys that they need on this team. Young, 6’9″, 6’10”, athletic wings, can handle the ball, can score, can pass. They need guys like that. They don’t have enough of them that have the youth, in their prime type of experience.”
The Simmons situation speaks for itself. Grant is an intriguing piece, though. Presumably LA would send over some package of Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and a future first rounder for him. But is that really the best deal the Detroit Pistons could get for the 27-year-old?
Given Grant’s offensive promise and defensive acumen – probably not.
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A trade with the Indiana Pacers for Myles Turner also hangs in the background as a potential option.
One way or another, LA needs to make a change. What specifically that change will ultimately be remains to be seen.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.