NBA Free Agents 2012: 5 Players Who Would Look Good in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Lakers don't seem to be the top dog in the West any longer, after passing the torch to the Oklahoma City Thunder this past postseason. At this point, the team is decent but they could still use a lot of help. What they have right now just isn't working like it used to.
We can defininitely expect the Los Angeles Lakers to continue trying to wheel-and-deal for the majority of the offseason. Whether they trade up for a pick in the draft or find a stud in free agency, improvement is definitely needed.
Regardless of what they do, these five players would definitely look good in the Lakers purple and gold.
Lou Williams is one of the players that I forget even exists. In fact, it seems the entire Philadelphia 76ers roster is like that for me. It's filled with a number of forgettable, yet talented players.
Williams is definitely one of those guys. A shoot-first point guard, Williams decided to opt out of the final year of his contract in order to become a free agent this offseason. While there are a number of better options for him, he'd be foolish not to at least see what the Lakers have to offer.
At this point, the Lakers have plenty of better options on the board, but Williams knows how to score, that much is for sure. If they want to boost their scoring or bring in a guy who's ready to show what he has as a starter, than Williams should be their guy.
A downside to Lou is that you either live or die by his shot. In the playoffs in particular, he shot downright abysmally, and doesn't possess much of a three-point shot.
He can get on fire, but when he's off—he's really off.
Andre Miller is nearing the end of his career and he seems to have finally accepted that he will no longer be a starting point guard in this league.
That may not be true in Los Angeles.
With Ramon Sessions opting out and Steve Blake as the backup, the Lakers should definitely look into bringing Miller on board.
Miller is a proven floor general and leader, who can shoot when he needs to but also looks to pass whenever he can. While he may be slowing down, he's still plenty capable to man an NBA offense.
To do so would be downright ridiculous.
The Lakers do have the assets to throw at Brooklyn if they really want to woo him to LA (players like Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, or Pau Gasol). But are they willing to give up a lot for him?
He may not be an actual free agent yet, but he definitely could become one sooner rather than later. My prediction is that he remains in Brooklyn and somehow gets Dwight Howard to join him as well.
But can you imagine a Lakers team with Kobe, Deron, and Bynum or Gasol? Scary.
Back in March Michael Beasley almost found himself in Lakerland, but the deal ended up falling through.
Count me as one of the people that thinks the Lakers really screwed the pooch on that deal.
If they had acquired Beasley, I really envisioned them putting up much more of a fight in the playoffs against the Thunder. But, alas, it never transpired.
While Beasley is a restricted free agent, it's still possible that the T-Wolves let him walk or he ends up being traded to LA. Either way, LA seems like a perfect place for the forward to revitalize his disappointing NBA career.
Kris Humphries may be a laughingstock to the world (and a puppet to the Kardashians), but as an NBA player he's still incredibly talented and could really help bolster LA's frontcourt.
This past season, the experiment of Troy Murphy and Josh McRoberts utterly failed, and the story on Jordan Hill is still a question mark.
Humphries would be an improvement in every sense of the word. He's not a softie down low and has averaged double digits in rebounds the past two seasons. That is something the Lakers will need, especially if Pau Gasol gets shipped out of town.
And on the plus side, Humphries could further explore his reality-tv career in Hollywood.
Wouldn't we all just love that?
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