Lakers Rumors: LA Eyes Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson, Kings' Josh Jackson in FA

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 30, 2022

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The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly eyeing a pair of talented wings to fill out their bench in free agency.

Appearing Thursday on Get Up, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said the Lakers are looking for athletic wing players and are particularly interested in Juan Toscano-Anderson and Josh Jackson.

Toscano-Anderson, who was non-tendered Wednesday, has spent each of his three NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, Jackson has had a nomadic career since going No. 4 overall in the 2017 NBA draft, and he finished last season with the Sacramento Kings after starting it with the Detroit Pistons.

The 29-year-old Toscano-Anderson took a circuitous route to the NBA after starring collegiately at Marquette, as he spent multiple seasons playing professionally in Mexico and Venezuela.

He got his big break in 2018 when he began playing for the Warriors' G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, and he signed a three-year deal with the Dubs in 2020.

Overall, Toscano-Anderson appeared in 139 regular-season games across three seasons for Golden State, averaging 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Last season, Toscano-Anderson set career highs in games played with 73, but his 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest were career worsts. He was low in the pecking order behind the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr. and Jonathan Kuminga.

Toscano-Anderson appeared in 14 playoff games during the Warriors' run to a championship last season, but he played just 3.5 minutes per game and averaged 0.8 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists.

Aside from winning a championship, Toscano-Anderson's career highlight in the NBA has been competing in the 2022 Slam Dunk Contest, where he finished second to New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin.

Jackson has significantly more NBA experience than Toscano-Anderson, but he is younger at just 25.

Huge things were expected out of Jackson when he was a top-five draft pick out of Kansas in 2017, but he hasn't reached the heights most anticipated and has played for four different teams in five NBA seasons.

The Phoenix Suns drafted Jackson, and while his numbers were decent over his first two campaigns, they clearly didn't move the Suns, as they traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

After one season in Memphis, Jackson signed as a free agent with the Pistons and spent a season and a half in Detroit before getting dealt to Sacramento.

Jackson isn't far removed from his best NBA season, which occurred in 2020-21 with the Pistons. In 62 games, Jackson averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 three-pointers made, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from beyond the arc.

He was unable to build on that performance, however, following it up with a career-worst season in 2021-22, averaging just 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 51 games.

While he hasn't put it all together, some untapped potential may lie in Jackson's 6'8" frame, which could make him an ideal target for a team like L.A.

The Lakers don't have much money to spend because of what they have tied up in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, so they need to find some gems for the minimum salary.

Both Toscano-Anderson and Jackson are likely to be cheap, and they could give the Lakers quality minutes off the bench.


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