NBA Free Agents 2010: Are Mike Miller and Kyle Korver on Lakers' Radar?

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2010

LOS ANGELES - MARCH 21:  Mike Miller #6 of the Washington Wizards throws a pass over Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers on March 21, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 99-92.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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ESPN recently reported that Mike Miller of the Washington Wizards and Kyle Korver of the Utah Jazz could be possible free agent targets for the Los Angeles Lakers in the coming weeks.

Both players are unrestricted free agents, but Miller's versatility would be a better fit for the Lakers if they are contemplating adding one of the two players.

Miller and Korver are deadly perimeter shooters, but Korver's value is basically limited to that aspect, while Miller has worth as a secondary ball-handler, and he is a decent defender as well.

Korver's limited defensive range makes him a liability most times he is on the court, and even though he is capable of scoring points in bunches, as he did against the Lakers in a playoff game in Utah, he is just as likely to give up as many on the defensive end.

Miller is bigger than Korver, stronger, and has a comparable career shooting percentage from the field and three point line. His versatility makes him a better fit for the complex triangle offense.

The Lakers are denying rumors that they offered Miller a five-year, $30 million dollar contract, but it seems pretty obvious that Los Angeles is in discussions especially since Jordan Farmar opted out of his contract.

Farmar had a $2.8 million dollar option which he declined, and there has been speculation that he wants a fresh start with a new team in another city.

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Farmar's impending departure makes the need for filling space in the back court imperative, and with the lack of quality, affordable point guards in this year's free agent class Miller is a good fit.

Steve Blake and Raymond Felton are two point guards the Lakers might consider, but Felton's price may be too high and his jump shot is not dependable, while Miller can do all the things Blake can, and he's bigger too.

With Phil Jackson announcing his return to the Lakers' bench for one final season, the lack of a quality point guard to play with Derek Fisher is the main concern facing the Lakers in the offseason.

Fisher also remains un-signed, but his return to the Lakers is considered a formality, and the two players Los Angeles drafted could have an immediate impact on the team next season.

Devin Ebanks has the potential to be a superior perimeter defender for the Lakers, and Derrick Caracter could provide help on the boards with his wide frame and nice footwork in the post.

Those two players could fill the Lakers' need for additional help in the front court, and Miller could serve as a player who shifts between the perimeter and post as needed.

Another option for the Lakers would be to pursue a trade, but deciding to commit to Miller may be the best option because his variety of skills could serve the team on various levels.

I have previously said the Lakers should take caution while approaching free agency. Chasing Miller could fill the Lakers' needs, and it wouldn't trouble the dynamics of the roster.

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