Los Angeles Lakers: Missing Pieces L.A. Could Still Land
Though they have improved their deficiency at the point guard position, there are still other players on the market that LA could use as upgrades to their current roster.
With 13 players currently signed on to play for the Lakers, there isn't room for anyone without replacing someone else. With that being said, let's take a look at some possible missing pieces that LA could land before the start of the season.
5. Bill Walker, SG/SF
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Behind Kobe Bryant, the Lakers don't really have a true shooting guard to play the few minutes that Bryant isn't in.
This is a position that Bill Walker could fill nicely for LA. Though not the biggest name still on the market, Walker is still a young player (24 years old) who can contribute on both ends of the ball in his small amount of minutes.
Giving Kobe a breather these days is becoming more necessary as he gets up there in age and his injuries pile up. Therefore, having a legitimate shooting guard behind him with four years of NBA seasoning under his belt could benefit the Lakers.
4. Sam Young, SF
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Besides just the need of a proven backup shooting guard, the Lakers are also a little shorthanded at the small forward spot.
Metta World Peace's production has slowed a lot in recent seasons and Christian Eyenga is far from reliable as a replacement. Therefore, the Lakers could use another, younger defensive-minded wing player like Sam Young.
His playing style bears a similarity to that of World Peace, but not quite as good. However, Young is still a respectable player in his own right.
Young was a starter for a couple seasons in Memphis before moving to Philadelphia and then back to Memphis where he would see his role diminish. By signing a cheap contract with the Lakers, Young could be more motivated to play well in his limited time on the court since he would be with a contender.
3. Jodie Meeks, SG
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To again address the position of backup 2-guard, Meeks could be a possible answer for Los Angeles.
The former Kentucky Wildcat has seen an increase in production for the past two seasons in Philadelphia and could be a nice scoring punch off the bench for the Lakers.
His youth would be refreshing for Los Angeles, who has four of its five starters over the age of 32.
There have been discussions already about LA bringing in Meeks, however, those talks have stalled since he stated he would not accept the veteran's minimum salary in his contract.
If the deal does get done, though, this will be a nice fit for the Lakers.
2. Donte Greene, SF
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Though some might consider it a betrayal for a former King to jump ship to their hated LA rival, it might be a good move for the Lakers and Donte Greene.
Since he never really had a chance to play big minutes in Sacramento, Greene is looking for a place to spread his wings. He may not get the chance right away in Los Angeles, but with World Peace on the wrong side of 30 and Eyenga not solidified as a replacement, Greene could play his way into solid minutes.
He's an energetic, tall and athletic wing (6'11") who has a decent enough shooting touch. Greene has always seemed on the verge of a potential breakout, but has never taken the next step. If he signed with the Lakers, maybe he could get his chance down the road.
1. Michael Redd, SG
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After a series of injuries, it seemed that Michael Redd's once promising career would be on the fast decline.
He left Milwaukee for the Phoenix Suns and there wasn't much expected for an older player coming off of several knee injuries. However, Redd did exceed some expectations when he showed shades of his former self and managed to average a decent 8.2 points per game in a role-playing spot on the Suns' bench.
Though he most likely will never be close to the 20-plus points per game player he was just a few years ago, Redd could still be a valuable shooter to have in Los Angeles.
Coming off the bench behind Kobe, Redd would be able to contribute to the second-unit offense by being a spot-up shooter and helping to space the floor as well.
Another appealing aspect to this deal would be that Redd would probably not ask for anything more than the veteran's minimum, meaning the Lakers could get a good deal on a good player.
Overall, Redd could be a smart option for the Lakers, even in the later stages of his career.