Can the Lakers trade for Ben Simmons or Jerami Grant?

The trading season is heating up, which means Los Angeles Lakers – the only franchise, possibly outside of the Miami Heat, that seemingly every player in the NBA would happily play – is starting to be named in the rumors, however unlikely.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 10. On December 15, a bunch of recently signed players – including Kendrick Nunn – were eligible to be traded. Another set of players – including Talen Horton-Tucker – are eligible to be processed on January 15. Here we go.

On Monday, in Shams Charania’s latest round of tournament at The Athletic, the Lakers were mentioned as interested in two All-Star caliber players on the market: the Philadelphia 76ers knock-out Ben Simmons and Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant.

Let’s tackle each item individually and see if the Lakers can get either player.

1) Ben Simmons

Here are the Shams on Simmons:

“The 76ers are ramping up their efforts to spark multi-team commercial scenarios to move Simmons, sources said, and a new set of teams have emerged as potential destinations.

New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail BlazersThe Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers are among the teams interested in Simmons, sources said, though it’s unclear how much traction Philadelphia actually has on any given move. ”

Shams report is consistent with Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach LoweDaryl Morey’s reporting of increased aggression at the expense of disgruntled star.

As a deal between the two teams, there is no viable path for the Lakers to acquire Simmons, who is valued at $33 million in 2021-22. For financial reasons, Los Angeles (off-limits) would have to include LeBron James (not happening), Anthony Davis (not happening) or Russell Westbrook (not happening, for the 76ers, one would assume. ) in the agreement.

A bundle of THT ($9.5 million), Nunn ($5 million) and eight (?) Veteran minimum players that a) won’t entice Morey, and b) isn’t really viable, since list limit. (The Lakers cannot trade a first-round pick before 2027, although they do have a few second-round picks.)

Hypothetically, it is difficult to understand asset packages that could entertain in 4-5 team deals. In all likelihood, though, the Lakers’ claim of “interest” in Simmons was a tactic by his agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, using his leverage with the Lakers to try to lift value for its clients.

Remember, Paul has significant influence with the Lakers, and the benefits go both ways. LeBron, AD and THT are Klutch customers. Paul sent the Lakers into a frenzy last summer when he persuaded Montrezl Harrell to pick his players a week early to approve a deal with the Wizards (KCP is also his client).

Ben Simmons to Lakers? Not occur.

2) Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant’s script is more realistic and less political. Here are Shames:

“Jerami Grant is one of the most sought-after players in a potential transfer, with the Lakers and Trail Blazers among the teams chasing the Pistons versatile forward, sources say. Grant will miss the stretch with a torn ligament in his right thumb, but that is not expected to affect his trading market. Dozens of groups call the Detroit main office to ask for Grant each week, and sources say the group is getting ready for a possible deal.

Grant has one season left on his contract after this campaign and is eligible for a four-year, $112 million extension for the season. ”

Grant is expected to miss up to six weeks with a thumb injury. Obviously, that doesn’t scare off the teams. In fact, it can slightly reduce his acquisition cost.

Lakers maybe make wages work here. THT, Nunn, the $2.5 million deal exception they got from the Marc Gasol trade, along with a minimum deal or two may be close enough to Grant’s salary. On paper, Grant is the perfect fit: a young four-year-old could be just what the Lakers need.

The question is: will the Lakers break up with Horton-Tucker? They did not include him in the commercial negotiations for Kyle Lowry, who is a better and more proven playoff performer than Grant. Of course, that is up to Rob Pelinka, LeBron James et al. decision. It’s not out of the question that Detroit will be enticed by the THT/Nunn/2027 first-round/second-round pick.

We are just going here.

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