Prior to the NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers and Lakers held discussions about the possibility of Andre Iguodala bringing his talents to Los Angeles. While Iguodala is one of the most versatile players in the game, he is a talent that the Lakers should stay away from.
Iguodala averaged 14.1 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season. He is a defensive guru and can also put up points at the other end of the floor. Also, his versatility knows no bounds, as he is capable of running the point or playing the small forward position in addition to his shooting guard duties.
Why is Iguodala a player the Lakers must avoid? For one, to obtain him, the Lakers would have to give up Odom, who, while older, is just as versatile and put up similar numbers to that of Iguodala last season.
That isn't enough of a reason though, because Iguodala does at least make Los Angeles a younger team, and there is now the fact it may be hard for Odom to return to the Lakers locker room. However, Iguodala does have $44 million left on his contract, which is a steep price to pay to avoid a potentially awkward situation.
Would Iguodala mesh well with Bryant? Perhaps, given that he is unselfish and able to the play the point, but keep in mind the two do play the same position. The Lakers could attempt to make it work, but there is always a risk when you assume someone can play out of position full-time.
Additionally, life after Bryant must be considered here as well. Iguodala is a solid shooting guard, but is he someone who the Lakers can build around once Bryant retires? Not exactly. By that time he will be 30 or older, and if his time in Philadelphia has taught us anything, it's that he is unable to carry a team on his own.
If the Lakers want to take a risk in terms of a backcourt pairing, Monta Ellis would be more worthwhile in terms of both immediacy and future.
Iguodala is no slouch, and he could substantially improve a number of organizations, but the Lakers just aren't one of them.