The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in trading for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson. The Lakers could desperately use Gibson's scoring ability and need to find a way to make the deal happen.
Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico revealed the Lakers interest in Gibson:
Lakers are said to have a strong interest in Cavs' Daniel Gibson, a natural in D'Antoni's system, but have nothing to offer.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 21, 2013
Based on Amico's tweet, it's clear the Lakers would need to bring in a third party in order to secure the services of Gibson. This certainly complicates the move, but it's something that the Lakers should definitely pursue.
Clearly, the Lakers issues go deeper than adding another guard to the mix. Dwight Howard hasn't shown he's fully recovered from a back injury and Pau Gasol has had his struggles adjusting to the new Lakers team. In addition to personnel, the Lakers' defense has been incredibly poor with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant on the court.
Gibson isn't highly regarded for his defensive play, but it's something he does well enough. The Lakers have plenty of liabilities on defense in their guard play. Gibson won't be that and could actually improve the Lakers' perimeter defense.
While he's in the midst of down year statistically, Gibson is also playing the third-least minutes of his NBA career. His field-goal percentage is the second-lowest in his career at 37.2 percent. In the month of January, he's played all of five minutes.
It's safe to say that Gibson could use a change of scenery and a fresh start to resurrect his career. Gibson, a free agent this summer, is definitely on the block as the Cavaliers likely won't bring him back next season.
Gibson would be a great fit in the Lakers' system. For his career, Gibson is a 41.4 percent shooter for three. If he can find his rhythm from three-point land, Gibson will able to stretch the floor and give the Lakers a pure shooter on the wing.
He can play both guard positions and provide valuable minutes. The Lakers' bench has been extremely lackluster and forced Nash and Bryant to play more minutes than the team would like. Bryant is averaging a remarkable amount of minutes with 38.9 minutes per game. Nash is averaging 33.1 minutes per game.
The move doesn't fix the Lakers or completely solve their problems, but it gives them a better option off the bench. If the Lakers can find a way to grab Gibson without giving up too much, it's a move they need to make.