Believe it or not, the Los Angeles Lakers already have the players on their roster to contend. That may be hard to accept considering they are just 17-22, but it's true.
The last thing they need is to inject a new player into their still formulating mix. Unfortunately, that means potentially acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham is a bad idea.
ESPN 1500 reports that Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak has called about the 25-year-old's availability.
Cunningham is a high-energy and effort player who doesn't possess any specific skill that jump out. He's been starting in place of the injured Kevin Love, but he hasn't produced any noteworthy performances in his new role.
For the season, he's averaging 7.8 points and five rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game.
On paper, he sounds like a decent fit for a contending team's reserve unit. However, in the Lakers' case, they don't need to add outside elements to their bench. Keeping Pau Gasol as a sixth man is the key to strengthening the bench and starting units.
Cunningham is attractive to the Lakers because he only has a $2.1 million option for the 2013-2014 season, but that same low salary could cause the Wolves to drive a hard bargain for the mediocre forward.
The Lakers would be silly to part with any immediate assets or anything that could prove beneficial down the road for Cunningham. This team just needs to allow the players it has to gel in their new roles.
The Lakers have already shown some flashes of breaking out of their early season issues. They have won two of their last three games, and they played well against the defending champion Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Disturbing the chemistry of this team with a low-reward player like Cunningham makes no sense.
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