It seems like the Los Angeles Lakers have once again struggled to bring top-notch talent to the Staples Center with the franchise set to have yet another losing (although quite interesting) season with standout prospect Lonzo Ball on board alongside their young core and newcomer Brook Lopez.
The Lakers are set to develop their talents while Paul George comes on board in the 2018 campaign, but in the meantime, they need some players to try and mentor the youngsters to boost their growth and prepare them for contention.
So, with George Hill already out of the question, as the veteran pg decided to sign a 3 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers have few options remaining, but today we’ll let you know at the top 5 players that have a real shot at dressing purple and gold this upcoming season.
5. Rajon Rondo
Rondo has been linked with a move to the Lakers ever since leaving the Boston Celtics several seasons ago, and Kobe Bryant was actively recruiting him before retiring. Still, Rondo’s never going to be as good as he was when he was a very interesting asset.
Still, the troublemaker could be a standout backup point guard to lead the team’s second unit while Ball handles starters minutes, and there have been several reports that state that there’s mutual interest between both parties.
4. Dion Waiters
With Waiters opting out of his deal with the Miami Heat, pretty much everybody can snub the bigmouth talented shooting guard who’s coming off a very good year at South Beach, and he’s poised to get a big paycheck anywhere he decides to sign.
Waiters has always been a high risk - high reward pickup, and even if he’s more problematic than talented, his offensive versatility just can’t be denied, and he’d be an instant fit on Walton’s run and gun fast tempo offense.
3. Terrence Jones
Jones looked like he was going to be a huge stud in the early going with the Houston Rockets, being a more than capable scorer with a great ability to lock down the paint, although he’s always been a spacing concern and struggles against bigger opposition.
Still, he’d be quite a good pick up for a Lakers team that’s a bit short-handed at the 4 right now, and considering how poorly he’s fared over the last year and a half, he could wind up going very cheap to Luke Walton’s squad.
2. Jamal Crawford
The prolific scorer has been recently traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a move that allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to land Danilo Gallinari, but several reports state that the ultimate 6th man of the year doesn’t want to leave the city and would look a move to the Lakers with good eyes.
Crawford intends to negotiate a buyout with the Hawks and stay put in Los Angeles, considering his family's living at Hollywood. Besides, he’d be a great fit in an up-tempo offense with his ability to put up a lot of points in a heartbeat.
1. Tony Allen
Allen is set to have a lot of suitors as an unrestricted free agent, and with Marc Gasol reportedly looking to get the hell out of Memphis and Zach Randolph already signing a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, getting the hell out of there would be a very wise decision.
And considering how horrid the Lakers’ defense was this past season, he’d be an amazing pickup for Los Angeles as probably the best defender remaining in the market and perhaps the best backcourt defender in the entire Association.