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Lakers should consider signing Terrence Williams

The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to re-sign forward Matt Barnes, who shot just 27 percent in the postseason and they will have to find someone else who can be an effective back up small forward. There are a couple of names out there that would be worthy replacements; one of them is free agent Terrence Williams.

Terrence Williams, a former lottery pick of the New Jersey Nets, has yet to truly find his place in the NBA. He split time last season between Houston and Sacramento, showing flashes of his phenomenal talent, but that ability has yet to turn into any real free-agent offers. The Sacramento Kings decided not to extend a qualifying offer to Williams this offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent. As a backup Williams could be very effective for a Lakers team searching for young, athletic scorers off the bench.

At 6’6″, he primarily lines up at small forward but is capable of stretching the floor with his shooting, attacking the basket and even running the team’s offense in a point-forward role.  Playing alongside point guard Steve Nash would be great for Williams who is effective on the fast break.

Williams is not a specialist in any one aspect of the game, which may be what has kept him from signing a deal, but he is a multi-faceted player who has proven he can put up decent numbers with consistent playing time Williams averaged 7 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, shot 43 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point range last season.

He struggled mightily playing in Houston but Williams was traded to Sacramento midseason and slowly started to pick up his game. In 18 games with the Kings, T-Will averaged 8.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game. Due to his incredible athleticism, Williams is a match-up problem for whoever is covering him.

The Lakers still have their mini mid-level exception left which could be enough to lure Williams to Los Angeles.