With the 2012-2013 season now in the rearview mirror for the Los Angeles Lakers, the front office must turn their attention to making improvements to a roster that severely disappointed these past few months.
While the potential re-signing of Dwight Howard will be the biggest concern this offseason, the roster goes far beyond one player. One area of need for the Lakers is long-range shooting, specifically from behind the three-point line.
The previous offseason, the Lakers brought in veterans Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks to upgrade the outside shooting. That, however, backfired on Mitch Kupchak and Co., again leaving the Lakers without a reliable option from deep.
That’s why a sharpshooter like Kyle Korver makes sense for Los Angeles.
A journeyman and 10-year veteran of the NBA, Korver is known for his pinpoint shooting from beyond the arch.
Korver, who spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks, shot 45.7 percent from long range in 2012-2013. Even his career three-point percentage of 41.9 trumps the Lakers’ shooting from downtown this season, which landed at 35.5 percent when all was said and done.
Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Well…
The problem with Korver is that he’s a one-trick pony. Apart from his accuracy from behind the three-point line, he offers little else to a team, especially on the defensive side of the court. The Lakers suffered mightily in 2012-2013 because of poor perimeter defense, and putting Korver into that equation would only make things worse.
Still, Korver would be an intriguing option as a marksman off the bench who can come in during close games and knock down the tough three pointers. The only question is whether or not the Lakers consider his long-range shooting worth the risk of weakening their defense.
If the purple and gold find some salary space and can get Korver for the right price, the aging sharpshooter could be a legitimate option. The financial aspect could end up killing any potential deal, though, especially if Howard is re-signed.
It’s just one of many avenues the Lakers could consider as the franchise ventures into what may be a make-or-break offseason.