Lakers reportedly interested in Mickael Pietrus, Raja Bell

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Looking for answers on defense, the Lakers are reportedly interested in Raja Bell and free agent Mickael Pietrus.

The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Mickael Pietrus and Raja Bell, reports Yahoo! Sports. Pietrus is a free agent who last saw action with the Boston Celtics, while Bell is currently under contract with the Utah Jazz.

Pietrus played for the Celtics in the 2011-12 season, his ninth year in the league. He played in 42 games for the team, averaging 21.9 minutes per game and posting an average of 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. That's not far off from his career averages of 21.5 minutes, 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Bell has yet to play in the 2012-13 season. He has averaged 28.1 minutes, 6.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

The Lakers have a full roster of players, so even signing Pietrus on the open market would require cutting a current member. Many of the trades the Lakers might make for Bell are prevented by contractual obligations: due to signing recent contracts with Los Angeles, Jordan Hill and Jodie Meeks cannot be dealt until Dec. 15, and though the Lakers have not played Devin Ebanks since his arrest, he has the authority to veto a trade.

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