Through the first half of the season, the Lakers’ unbalanced roster has revealed a glaringly obvious need for the team on the wing. With a dearth of guards and only a handful of (old) forwards, the Lakers would do well to swap some of their backcourt depth for front-court players.

That has likely fueled their interest in a player like Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons, which has been previously reported from multiple sources. A new name of a similar position and archetype has recently been linked as well with the Lakers as Eric Pincus of Bleacher Reportreported the Lakers had reached out to the Kings about Harrison Barnes.

The Lakers have explored several trades ahead of the February 10 trade deadline. Sources indicate they have looked at players like Ben Simmons, Jerami Grant, Myles Turner and Harrison Barnes, among others.

Barnes is in his fourth season in Sacramento and is averaging 16.2 points per game while shooting 41.9% from the 3-point line. A former Warrior and Maverick, Barnes has long been one of the league’s prototypical 3-and-D forwards.