NBA Rumors: Lakers Targeting These Big Names In Trade Market


You can't blame them for trying. According to a new report, the Los Angeles Lakers are targeting some big names in the trade market ahead of the Feb. 10th deadline. Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report writes:

Sources indicate they have looked at players like Ben Simmons, Jerami Grant, Myles Turner and Harrison Barnes, among others.

The report goes on to state the obvious, that the Lakers don't have a lot of coveted assets to offer back in any of those proposed trades, with names such as Talen Horton-Tucker (who they've made a new realization about), Kendrick Nunn and the undrafted rookie Austin Reaves. 

The Simmons case is straightforward: The only player the Lakers have that could conceivably fit in the "star" category that Sixers president Daryl Morey wants, is Russell Westbrook. And we already know that he has no interest in Russ.

The Detroit Pistons have a boatload of suitors for Jerami Grant, many of them with pieces much more palatable to the Pistons than the Lakers' collection. On top of that, Grant has made it clear that he wants to be the prime scoring option on a team, and of course that wouldn't be the case in LA. 

The Myles Turner case is a bit more complicated, since the news this week of his "stress reaction" in his injured foot means he won't be back on the court until at least after the trade deadline. What's the assurance he'll be healthy enough to help the Lakers this season?

Harrison Barnes might be more attainable for the Lakers, though after they bailed out on a potential deal with Sacramento in the offseason for Buddy Hield et al before doing a last-minute about-face to take Russell Westbrook, it's unknown how the Kings will approach it. 

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