Lakers Rumors: Brandon Rush Would Be Huge Addition for Los Angeles

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 10, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10:  Brandon Rush #4 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after shooting, but missing, a three point basket against the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena on January 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers ranked 26th in three-point field goal percentage last season.

Adding restricted free agent Brandon Rush would help them greatly in this area.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times tweeted on July 1:

Lakers interested in Nick Young + Brandon Rush, The Times has learned. Young's too pricey for Lakers' $3 mill limit, but Rush = interesting.

— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) July 1, 2012

Since then, more rumors have cropped up surrounding the 27-year-old wing. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported on Sunday that either the Portland Trail Blazers or Minnesota Timberwolves could go after Rush, depending on who loses out on the Nicolas Batum Sweepstakes.

It's no wonder why Rush is garnering interest around the league. He shot 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from downtown for the Golden State Warriors last season. The 2008 first-round pick has always been a good three-point shooter, but he blossomed in 2011-2012.

The Lakers would love to have Rush. They shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc last season, and 30.4 percent from three-point land in the playoffs. Four Lakers players averaged more than two three-point attempts in the regular season—the leader of the group was Steve Blake, who shot 33.5 percent from downtown.

There are obstacles in the way, however. The Warriors extended a $4 million qualifying offer to Rush, which means they can match any offer that comes his way.

The Lakers getting a deal done with Rush would ultimately come down to the Warriors' interest in the 6'6", 225-pound guard/forward. Golden State apparently appears determined in keeping him on board, but a higher offer than expected could sway the Warriors' brass.

The Lakers need a player like Rush. They would be foolish not to at least try for him. With Steve Nash now set to lead the way, he needs dependable guys he can swing the ball out to after he penetrates the lane. Rush's potential impact cannot be overstated.

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