It would prove difficult for any logical NBA fan to dispute the banquet of talent gracing the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup for next season. The Lakers' second unit, however, is an entirely different story.
The recent signing of veteran power forward Antawn Jamison, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is certainly a step in the right direction toward improving the lackluster Lakers bench.
Outside of Jamison, however, the best bench players the Lakers have to offer are Steve Blake and Josh McRoberts. If you’re keeping score at home, I just used the words “best,” “Steve Blake” and “Josh McRoberts” in the same sentence.
The Lakers bench last season was without question the team’s Achilles heel, so improving the team’s depth for a championship run next season has to be the No. 1 priority at this point.
Lakers management will only be able to add free agents via contracts known as the veteran’s minimum and the “mini” mid-level exception though, so they don't have much money to work with. Despite this, some players around the league have shown that they’re willing to take a pay cut to play with a championship contender.
Here are 13 bargain bin free-agent options the Lakers could target in order to retool the team’s second unit for next season.