Los Angeles Lakers: Would Boris Diaw Be a Good Fit for the Team?
The Los Angeles Lakers possess two of the most valuable bigs in the league in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
That being said, last night's juvenile actions by Bynum showed that the Lakers could use some more depth. His ejection from the game in Houston directly cost the Lakers the game. They were being heavily outrebounded and the Rockets even had 16 offensive boards, some of which came in the Bynum-less fourth quarter.
That's generally what happens when you have Troy Murphy—a guy known for making the triple rather than being physical in the paint—replace Bynum.
And although Jordan Hill is a nice pickup and should be valuable for the Lakers, his inexperience and the fact that the Lakers haven't seen him do much yet can become an issue later on.
Diaw can bring a lot for this team.
He's kind of like Lamar Odom in that he can play three different positions from small forward to center. He'll also be signed for a lot less than the $9 million Charlotte was paying him because of the lackluster season he's had this season.
That being said, Diaw's poor statistical season can't be blamed on him completely. He's on an atrociously horrible team, and sometimes it's hard to motivate oneself to play in a setting like that.
Diaw will be playing for a contender if he signs with the Lakers, and he'll be surrounded by great players.
And don't kid yourself, Diaw can really play when he's on a contender. The last time he played for a playoff team was when he helped lead the Bobcats to their first ever playoff appearance back in 2010.
That season, he averaged 11 points and five rebounds, while draining 32 percent of his three-pointers. His Player Efficiency Rating has never been that outstanding, even on that Charlotte team, but that's mostly because of his surroundings. The Bobcats aren't the Lakers. He's going to have superior talent surrounding him, facilitating his job.
If Diaw comes off the bench, he makes the Lakers deeper and he will thrive by playing with a bunch of superstars. He'll also be more motivated to perform well. Moving from cellar dweller to a playoff contender is an easy way to make a player more focused.
Would Diaw be a good fit in LA?
All of this should happen at the right price, though. The Lakers did plenty to save money during the trade deadline. Unless they can get Diaw for a little over the veteran's minimum, they shouldn't make a move. And it should just be a contract that lasts until the end of this season only.
In fact, Diaw might like that even more. It'll be a chance for him to shine this postseason and get another big time contract for the future.
Signing Diaw would be the best depth move for the Lakers and it will allow them to go toe-to-toe against Oklahoma City and San Antonio. It'll also give the Lakers a solid starting option if something were to happen to Gasol or Bynum.
How likely is it?
We'll see. For now, Tony Parker has said that he would like to have the fellow Frenchman on his team, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
But as we've seen many times this season, a lot can change in no time.
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