Lakers reportedly called Pistons about Greg Monroe and Brandon Jennings
The Lakers are actively pursuing their next big rebuild. In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, and on the brink of Kobe Bryant’s final days, they’re trying to score the franchise’s next foundation of talent.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA, the Lakers recently inquired with the Detroit Pistons about two of their key players right now:
As for Lakers, they have been very active since 12/15. Made calls on Waiters, Jennings, Monroe. Asst GM Glen Carraro is working the phones.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 12, 2015
The Lakers reportedly made a call to the Cavaliers about Dion Waiters before he was sent to Oklahoma City. Even going back to last summer, the Lakers did make their run at Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Just weeks ago they made the Celtics an offer for Rajon Rondo, which was refused before he was sent to Dallas.
As far as Jennings and Monroe, two players who could have an immediate impact on the Lakers from a talent perspective, Stan Van Gundy might want certain assets that the Lakers don’t have.
Monroe is an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Lakers could just wait and look to sign him as a free agent, but targeting both Monroe and Jennings now means they want this process to start sooner than later and have them settled in. It would be a chance to sell Monroe on Los Angeles through the rest of the season before he becomes a free agent. Still, it seems unlikely that Stan Van hears a proposal that is worth parting ways with two of his best players on a suddenly playoff-probable team since releasing Josh Smith.