Currently sitting at 15-21 and third in the Pacific Division, the Lakers are caught in a downward spiral. They’ve lost six games in a row, and continue to watch as their surprisingly slim hopes of making the playoffs continue to fade. With injuries a plenty and chemistry at an all-time low, something drastic needs to happen before it’s too late.
One of the top options for the Lakers at this point is making an impact trade for a player such as Evans. The only problem is that it’s hard to imagine L.A. having anything that the Kings would want in return without parting ways with an important piece of their lineup. Unless they can unload someone like Darius Morris along with a draft pick or money for Evans, the price might not be right on the Lakers’ end.
Despite his potential as a scorer/playmaker, Evans comes with a number of risks. Throughout the 2012-2013 season, Evans has struggled to overcome a nagging knee injury. He’s been hindered by health issues through his entire basketball career, which likely isn’t going to subside anytime soon. On top of that, he’s limited as to where he fits. He doesn’t have the passing skills to be a starting point guard for a team like the Lakers, but is too small to fit anywhere other than as a backup to Kobe Bryant at the shooting guard spot.
There is plenty of downside to a player like Evans, who is limited in his range of talents and has a history of health problems. Still, he’s an outstanding playmaker who could bring some energy to the bench unit and help get the Lakers back on track.
The Lakers desperately need to inject some life into their lineup. Is Evans the answer?