Lakers Set to Enter Trade Market Once Again With Eyes on Big NBA Name

Published 01/10/2022, 12:47 PM EST
Jan 4, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Sacramento Kings in the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


With a disappointing season filled with injuries and controversies, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to consolidate themselves as title contenders once again.

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They already have eyes on the trade market and have some big names in the list. Among them is a star forward belonging to the Detroit Pistons

With exactly one month remaining for the NBA trade deadline, teams are looking to lock deals. So who have the Lakers set their eyes upon ? Let’s have a look.

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Sep 24, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives the ball around Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant (9) during the second half in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Who are the Lakers looking forward to sign ?

The Detroit Pistons star forward Jerami Grant is on the radar of many playoff teams. Among them is the Los Angeles Lakers. They have had a disappointing season to say the least and looking foward to the trade market eagerly.

As reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Pistons are facing interest from teams like the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks and the Lakers.

Jerami Grant is currently recovering from a Ulnar Collateral Ligament(UCL) injury in his right thumb, despite that, he remains one of the hottest stars in the trading season.

Grant is eligible for a four year extension worth upto $112 million. This makes him the player to follow during the trade season. He averages 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season.

Trade market problems for Russell Westbrook

With the acquisition of Russell Westbrook in the offseason, it has only posed problems for his team. Apart from his dismal performances, it seems the Lakers aren’t in favour of keeping him.

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It might not be as easy as it seems due to Westbrook’s salary. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, “The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported this week that the Lakers have had internal discussions about possibly trading Russell Westbrook, but according to my sources around the NBA, the appetite for that player making $44 million this season and $47 million the next is low.

With Westbrook possibly having his worst season since his rookie year, the Lakers might want to replace him, and not many suitors come to play for the point guard. Only a playoff hungry team could come in for Westbrook as he still gives the competitiveness needed to land a top 10 finish.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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