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NBA Rumors: Lakers Could Swap Kentavious Caldwell-Pope For Jae Crowder

(via Fadeaway World)

(via Fadeaway World)

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking solid through the first 11 games of the season. As they boast a 9-2 record and a first-place standing in the West, the team appears poised to end their six-year playoff drought.

But they are far from perfect, and with Paul George finally healthy, they have some significant competition.

Like any good team, the Lakers will continue to look for ways to get better, including on-court adjustments and roster moves. And, according to Jonathan Kiernan of Fansided’s Lake Show Life, one such move may involve Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder.

“With Crowder, you know exactly what you are getting. You get a tough two-way player who is going to play hardnosed defense and is not afraid to get into his man’s chest on a nightly basis. You get a solid 3 and D player who will provide you with quality minutes off the bench when the likes of LeBron James and Danny Green are off the floor. In Crowder, you get a versatile defender who has been capable of defending some of the league’s best players over the years and has never backed down from the best players in the game.”

In Crowder, the Lakers get a solid two-way veteran who is willing to play his role within the rotation. While Rob Pelinka and the front-office still have their eyes on Andre Iguodala, Jae would make a solid Plan-B. Plus, L.A. would get to give away Caldwell-Pope, who has been somewhat of a cog on the offensive end.

In Memphis, he'd be a much better fit. Caldwell-Pope would address the Grizzlies’ lack of shooting and enable them to pair Ja Morant with an experienced two-way player.

This season, KCP is averaging 5.3 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game on 35% shooting.