The Los Angeles Lakers have clear holes on their team that need to be filled in free agency. There is a key group of star players for the Lakers that features Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum; however, there is a steep drop off in talent after those three players.
A solid point guard is what the Lakers are probably missing the most. With Ramon Sessions choosing not to re-sign with the Lakers as of now, the team might need to go find another player. It will be crucial for Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers front office to get the right point guard who can play with Bryant for his last few years in the league.
Free Agent Point Guards for Lakers
Goran Dragic– The Houston Rockets point guard played the most minutes in his three-year career last season averaging 26 minutes a game. He is a young point guard which will be a nice fit for an aged team. Dragic is a great passer and has been in the shadow of Steve Nash in Phoenix and of Kyle Lowry in Houston. In Los Angeles he would be the primary point guard and will be a perfect distributor to get the ball down low and to Bryant on the perimeter.
Aaron Brooks– This signing may be a little harder for the Lakers since Brooks is a restricted free agent, but the Lakers should still put an offer on the table. Brooks has seen his playing time go down since his rookie season in 2009 and he is currently the backup point guard in Phoenix. Brooks has a quick first step and is great at driving to the basket. He should be able to draw a lot of attention in the paint and get open looks for his teammates.
Another weak point on the roster was at small forward. Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) and Matt Barnes split most of the time and were not that impressive this season. Barnes is a free agent and the Lakers would be smart no to re-sign him. He did not fit in well with the team and he doesn’t provide what the Lakers need. Artest still plays solid defense and is a decent shot maker. Devin Ebanks should see more playing time if Barnes is not re-signed, but the Lakers should still add depth at that position.
Free Agent Small Forwards for the Lakers
Steve Novak– Novak had a breakout year last season with the Knicks and is the perfect piece for what the Lakers are missing. The Lakers have no shooters coming off their bench and Novak would be a huge asset for the team. He shot 47 percent from three point land last season which is better than any player on the Lakers last year.
Devin Ebanks– The Lakers need to resign their young player as he showed he is a good asset to the team in his short playing career. At the beginning of the season, he was the starter while Bynum was serving a five-game suspension. He played well and it looked like he was going to be a fixture in the team’s rotation. However, when Bynum came back, he hardly saw any playing time. If Barnes is not resigned and Ebanks is, he should get a chance to show how good he really is.
The Lakers definitely need to make some moves this offseason if they want to get one more title during the Kobe Bryant era. Hopefully they address their biggest needs by getting a starting point guard and more depth on their bench.
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