The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a terrific start of the season. They won 22 out of their first 25 games and looked like the team to beat not only in the Western Conference but in the entire NBA.
However, a recent bump and another loss at the hands to the Los Angeles Clippers exposed the fact that they’re in desperate need of a third scoring option that can help LeBron James and Anthony Davis carry the load.
Kyle Kuzma has got off to a slow and inconsistent start of the season, so it’s clear that Rob Pelinka needs to bring more scorers along if they want to have a shot vs. the Clippers suffocating defense.
Luckily for them Nick Young, a familiar face of the franchise recently put together a list of four candidates that could be a perfect fit for the Lakers if they want to win a Championship:
4. Gary Harris
Gary Harris’ development has taken a slight bump over the course of the last two seasons. Still, he’s an outstanding defender and a great finisher below the rim. Also, he’s more than capable of being another ball-handler and playmaker.
However, the Lakers don’t have many appealing assets to offer the Nuggets, who are currently 2nd in the Western Conference and not likely interested in helping a direct rival get better.
3. Will Barton
Once again, Will Barton’s arrival would make a lot of sense from the Lakers standpoint, not so much for Denver, as they would be giving up one of their craftiest scorers and savvy veterans.
Barton can play both guard spots and the three as well. He can consistently knock down shots from all three levels and get hot in the blink of an eye. Also, he’s no longer a liability in the defensive end. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll let him go.
2. Bradley Beal
Regardless of how poorly his team is performing, Bradley Beal always finds a way to deliver and put on a show. He doesn’t get enough credit because of the Wizards’ struggles, but he’s definitely one of the best shooting guards in the world right now.
Nonetheless, Beal is ineligible to be traded until the end of this season as he just signed a contract extension with the Wizards, even though he was well aware of the Lakers and Heat interest in trading for him.
1. Jrue Holiday
The Los Angeles Lakers gave up a lot of assets to bring Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. So, why not double down their bet and bring their second-best player as well? It won’t be cheap, that’s for sure.
However, Holiday is worthy of everything the Pelicans ask for him right now. He’d give them another playmaker and top-notch defender, and a guy that’s capable of creating his own shot at will. Also, he’ll likely be on the trade block.