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The Los Angeles Lakers tried, unsuccessfully, to trade Detroit Pistons forward Jeramy Grant, according to longtime NBA reporter Mark Stein.
“It is clear that the first 2027 is the most valuable commercial asset that the Lakers currently own,” Stein said in his weekly Greenroom session. “The Lakers have tried, but so far unlucky, to combine that selection with Tallinn Horton Tucker and Kendrick Noone in a bid to take over Detroit’s Jeramy Grant.”
The Lakers entered their road game against the Orlando Magic on Friday with a 22-23 record for an eighth-place finish in the Western Conference.
That’s clearly not good enough for a team that sports LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook and is disqualified for two years from the NBA title.
The deadline for trade is February 10, and as Stein pointed out, Los Angeles will try to do something. The problem is that the Lakers don’t have much to offer:
“Obviously they want to make some kind of promotion. As someone told me this week, the Lakers are not a team on the right track when things go wrong. They want to make changes. But look, we all know actually, they have limited assets. They have THT, they have Nunn, they have a draft five years away. That’s really. That’s really all they can do. So, are they going to try to do something? I’m sure they will.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also threw cold water on the idea that the Lakers could do a lot more on deadline earlier this week:
“I believe that improvement for the Lakers for the most part has to come from within. They do not have tradable assets, especially with so few vendors in the market. There will be other teams that can offer these select few vendors better offers than the Lakers will be able to that “.
Grant numbers to be one of the hottest names as the deadline approaches. He’s been out since Dec 10 with a sprained UCL ligament in his right thumb and pistons announce It will be re-evaluated within six weeks.
He also entered into the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday. Two days ago, Grant set to the G League company of the Pistons to continue his rehabilitation.
If he’s good going forward, Grant could be a huge addition to the team competing in the playoff. The 27-year-old striker averaged 20.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game before being sidelined.
It might be hard for the Lakers to knock him out of the Pistons, though. In the end, L.A. may have to wait for Davis (who has an MCL sprain) to return and hope the trio of James Westbrook Davis remains healthy, and leads the team to better days in the long run.