5 Potential L.A. Lakers Trade Targets Who Would Boost Perimeter Shooting
Mike D'Antoni's offense need shooters, which means the Los Angeles Lakers need shooters.
Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace have emerged as lethal threats from beyond the arc, but outside of them, no one else has been a consistent option from the outside.
While this is not to say Los Angeles' long-range shooting has been a disaster—it's connecting on 35.2 percent of its treys for the season—it has not been nearly as potent as D'Antoni would like or his system would dictate.
Which would make it time for the Lakers to hit the trade market and find some additional firepower.
The team certainly doesn't have enough assets to pull off another star-studded coup—unless the Phoenix Suns are getting bored—but there are a few intriguingly affordable options available.
Los Angeles just has to make targeting one of them a priority.
All stats in this article are accurate as of November 22, 2012.
Jimmer Fredette, PG, Sacramento Kings
I'm not crazy. I swear.
I understand that Jimmer Fredette is still a work in progress, but he is being misused by the Sacramento Kings to the point where I actively believe the Maloof brothers want to see him fail.
Amidst his bout with an inconsistent role, however, Fredette is quietly shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and is at over 36 percent for his career. That's not bad at all, especially for someone who has never averaged more than 18.3 minutes per game.
And yet, according to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, Fredette has found himself on the chopping block thanks to a slew of backcourt presences in Sacramento.
Enter Los Angeles.
Though Fredette remains undersized, a player with his type of range would flourish in Mike D'Antoni's system. Do we honestly believe defenses would pay attention to a 23-year-old project who stands at only 6'2"?
Let's also not neglect to mention Los Angles has seen Fredette at his best. He torched the Lakers for 18 points in the Kings' loss to them earlier this season, shooting 7-of-9 from the field while converting 60 percent of his three-point attempts.
So, if you're the Lakers, why not take a chance? Fredette is young, comes cheap and has plenty of potential from the outside.
If I'm Mitch Kupchak, I'm at least putting in a call to see what it would take to bring him to Hollywood.
Raja Bell, SG, Utah Jazz
Raja Bell hasn't been happy with the Utah Jazz for quite some time and it's become clear early on that the team has no use for him.
Not only as Bell yet to appear in a game this season, but according to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Jazz are looking to part ways with him has well.
Though Bell is 36, he shot the three-ball at a 40.6 percent clip for his career and converted on under 35 percent of his attempts just twice in 12 years.
Bear in mind also that Bell is no stranger to Mike D'Antoni's system. He played three years for the coach while with the Suns, averaging 13.8 points per game on 41.9 percent three-point shooting over that span.
Toss in the fact that his $3.5 million contract expires at the end of this season, and you've got yourself a low-risk, high-reward target that the Lakers should pursue.
J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic
Had Mitch Kupchak been able to snag J.J. Redick in that Dwight Howard trade, the Lakers would have unveiled a statue of him and not Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this season.
Not having Dwight hasn't looked good on the Magic, but it has certainly looked good on Redick. He's averaging a career-high 13.9 points per game on 34.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Though there's room for improvement on his deep-ball prowess, Redick isn't as open without Howard to help spread the floor; alongside Howard only last season, the guard knocked down 41.8 percent of his long-range attempts. He's also shooting at 39.8 percent clip from downtown for his career.
Now, while the Magic will look to move Redick in fear of losing him for nothing during free agency this summer, the Lakers are going to have to get creative. His value has never been higher and Orlando isn't about to give Purple and Gold a discount.
But while it may take a third and/or fourth team to make this work, Redick is definitely a shooter worth targeting. Especially for a team that has Mike D'Antoni running the show.
Anthony Morrow, SG, Atlanta Hawks
Josh Smith's attempt to exude faith in his team quickly brought our attention to a striking reality: The Atlanta Hawks have an excess of shooters.
While we would like to think there is no such thing as too many shooters, the fact is Anthony Morrow has found himself buried on the Hawks' bench. He's averaging just 5.6 points in 12 minutes per game.
Even in limited action, however, he has managed to find his stroke. He's shooting 50 percent from three-point range and is a 42.7 percent shooter from out there for his career.
To top it all off, Morrow will earn just $4 million this season, but looking for a pay day when he enters free agency this summer. Not only will the Lakers pay him what the Hawks ultimately won't, but they can offer the amount of playing time he's not getting.
This is a guy who averaged 10 or more points in each of his first four seasons and has never shot below 37 percent from behind the rainbow for his career. And yet he's suffocating on Atlanta's bench.
That subsequently makes him a player that must become the apple of Los Angeles' eye.
Wilson Chandler, SG, Denver Nuggets
Allow me to explain.
Wilson Chandler isn't what you would call a deadly shooter. He's shot just 32.3 percent from behind the rainbow for his career and is shooting just 25 percent from there this season. He's also currently nursing a hip injury.
That said, the best season of Chandler's career came under Mike D'Antoni. Prior to being traded to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, Chandler was averaging 16.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the field and posting a 35.1 percent clip from beyond the arc.
The extremely athletic wingman also gives the Lakers someone who can attack the rim and play solid defense as well.
Has he lost his way in Denver? Yes. Is he expensive? He's due nearly $20 million over the next three season with a team option for $7 million in 2015. In other words, he's expensive for the Nuggets, not the Lakers.
Most importantly, though, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, he could be available by the deadline.
And that's an avenue the Lakers—to be more specific the D'Antoni-led Lakers—must explore.