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NBA Rumors: Top 5 Targets For The Los Angeles Lakers Right Now


The Los Angeles Lakers showed a lot of potential during the first half of their season opener vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, but their offense kind of stalled in the second half.

Moreover, it seemed like they just gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope too many minutes and, while they have a lot of depth, they could use another scoring threat if they want to be a legit Championship contender.

Of course, that's going to change once Kyle Kuzma is back at full strength and ready to contribute for them, but they could still make the most of their current team by adding more firepower or a high-energy kind of player.

There's no need to panic and we're just one game into the season. We're sure they'll figure things out, but still, let's take a look at 5 players that could improve their chances:

5. Joakim Noah

(via the Commercial Appeal)

(via the Commercial Appeal)

The Los Angeles Lakers have already put together a nice 1-2 punch below the rim with JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard. Both bring similar things to the table: athleticism, rim-running, and rim protection.

However, Noah's a great defender on the perimeter as well, and they'd have another ball-handler on the floor that could take some pressure off of LeBron's shoulders in that regard.

4. Jamal Crawford

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

The fact that nobody has signed Jamal Crawford yet is crazy to me. He's always been a liability in the defensive end, but he's the kind of offensive spark this team craved off the bench in their season opener.

Crawford can score buckets at will and they could hide his defensive flaws by pairing him with Avery Bradley and/or Danny Green at all times. His handles and moves will never be out of date.

3. JR Smith

(via NBC Sports)

(via NBC Sports)

Contrary to popular belief, JR Smith and LeBron James actually developed a strong rapport during their time together at Cleveland, and Smith has become a much mature player since his New York Knicks days.

Smith is another streaky shooter they could use when Danny Green struggles with his shot, and he's also an above the average backcourt defender. Keeping him focused in Los Angeles could be tricky, though.

2. Kenneth Faried

Credit: USA Today

Credit: USA Today

Neither JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard have been exactly durable throughout their careers, so it wouldn't be crazy to sign an insurance policy in case one of their big men falls down with an injury.

Faried proved that he could still contribute at a high level over a brief stint with the Rockets last season. He brings a lot of energy on both ends of the floor and he'd be deadly as a roll man and finishing alley-oop passes from LeBron.


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1. Carmelo Anthony

(vis Detroit Free Press)

(vis Detroit Free Press)

Carmelo Anthony has faced a lot of criticism over the years, especially throughout the past couple of months, but this guy deserves another chance to prove he's still got what it takes to dominate in this league.

Anthony could come off the bench or join LeBron, Green, Kuzma, and Davis in an all-shooters lineup. He's a liability on defense, but they have the personnel to hide his flaws. They need another guy that's able to score off the dribble, and he's one of the best this game has ever seen.