2011 NBA Free Agents: Realistic Options L.A. Lakers Should Pursue

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 27, 2011

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As a fan of a professional sports team, it can become really easy to get carried away during the offseason in talks of potential trades and free agent acquisitions.

Although it can be difficult, you need to keep your expectations realistic.

Not every team is going to pull a Miami Heat and bring in multiple stars in the offseason.

A team that always has high expectations and fans looking over every decision is the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here are some realistic expectations of upcoming free agents that the team should target before the season starts Christmas Day.


PG J.J. Barea

It's no secret that the Lakers need some help at the point guard position.

With Phil Jackson's retirement comes a different offensive scheme than we have seen in L.A. in quite some time.

New coach Mike Brown is going to have his players move around more on offense than Jackson did with the triangle scheme.

This means that Derek Fisher will at least need somebody to step in and help out.

Barea could fit that mold.

Barea would obviously step in as more of a perimeter shooter and play a different sort of role in the offense. That would actually be a perfect fit for him.


PG Mario Chalmers

Both point guard Mike Bibby and Mario Chalmers could be on their way out of Miami after falling short of glory last year.

Both will garner attention around the league, but it's Chalmers' performance in the playoffs that stands out.

The Lakers were terrible last year on the perimeter. They lacked a guy that could step in and drill a shot from three-point range.

Chalmers would bring that to the table.

He proved in the playoffs that he can step in and deliver from beyond the arc, drilling 38 percent of his shots outside in the 2011 NBA playoffs.


SF Shane Battier

Battier isn't quite the offensive talent that Chalmers or Barea are, but he makes up for that with his defensive play.

He has received praise on multiple occasions from Kobe Bryant for his tough defensive approach every time the two would face off.

He may not fix the woes that the Lakers have when it comes to shooting from the outside, but he will step up and shut down any player on the opposing team.

Realistically, the Lakers may even be able to purse Battier along with another player in the free-agent market.

Imagine if L.A. could snag two players off this list. They could become a dangerous threat once again in the West.