The Los Angeles Lakers are finished making their pitches to Dwight Howard. With Howard reportedly heading to the ‘mountains’ to weigh his options, the Lakers have not stopped trying to make the necessary calls to free agents that can help the roster improve on their shortcomings of a season ago.
The Lakers are looking to get younger and more athletic with sharp shooting from the perimeter.
According to ESPN New York, Chris Copeland has an exploratory offer from the Lakers. Copeland is reportedly waiting for a few more offers from other teams and the New York Knicks‘ plans with the restricted free agent.
Copeland would be an excellent fit with his size and ability to make shots all over the floor. Copeland also seems like a perfect addition to Mike D’Antoni‘s style of play. Right now Copeland seems like a long shot due to the fact that the Knicks can match any offer from another team.
Unrestricted free agent Nick Young, who played with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, has also been contacted by the Lakers. According to ESPN Los Angeles, the Lakers have reached out to Young, who would make an ideal sixth man for the roster. Young is not the most efficient shooter in the league to say the least, but his ability to create his own shot and finish plays in the open court is exactly what the Lakers need.
With Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith and Jamal Crawford thriving as scorers off the bench last season, Young could have that same type of impact for the Lakers’ second unit. I believe a potential Young signing could allow Kobe Bryant to receive more minutes resting on the bench than he did in his last two seasons with the Lakers. With Bryant’s 17 previous years of NBA wear and tear, someone like Young will allow the Black Mamba to have fresher legs when the Lakers need him to close out games down the stretch next season.