REPORTS: Lakers Interested in Signing Ben Simmons and Star Pistons Forward

Published 12/13/2021, 1:50 PM EST


The Los Angeles Lakers have certainly not had the best of seasons. Although it is still early to call, things are looking gloomy for the Los Angeles based outfit. They are currently placed 6th in their division and face an uphill battle to make it to the playoffs.

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With their attack not performing up to expectations and LeBron James facing injury issues, the Lakers are looking for some trade options.

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LA Lakers are looking to reinforce their roster

According to reports, they are looking forward to signing two superstars. Ben Simmons of Philadelphia 76ers has been looking to relocate all season with several teams showing interest. The Philadelphia guard offers a triple-double threat while also being an elite defender. Los Angeles Lakers have joined the ranks of New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Cleveland Cavaliers in the race to sign Simmons.

Another interesting rumor around the Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant is doing the rounds. “Jerami Grant is one of the most sought-after players in a potential trade, with the Lakers and [Portland] Trail Blazers among the teams pursuing the Pistons’ versatile forward, sources said,” according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Grant averages 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists this season. He definitely will be a good addition to a Lakers side lacking firepower up front.

Los Angeles Lakers’ season so far

The Lakers were amongst the favorites to win the title. They’re instead 6th in their table despite having easy schedules compared to others. LeBron James has been performing well this season, but he is dealing with some major recurring injuries. The Lakers star player averages 26.2 points this season with 6.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

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Lakers have been dismal in free throwing this season. They rank 15th in the league with Anthony Davis being the only consistent shooter. Defensive woes also continue to haunt the Lakers; they rank 21st in points allowed per possession which is disappointing.

Frank Vogel’s job continues to remain in jeopardy with news of his sacking doing rounds now and then. If the Lakers continue to perform below expectations, it won’t be long until we see Vogel get sacked.

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Although it is not the end of the road for the Lakers, they need to push hard for a playoffs place. The trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook need to step up for their team in order to ensure qualification.

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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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