After two weeks with the Memphis Grizzlies, Fab Melo has been released. This story is surprising to most people given the potential that Melo has. It begs the question, where will he go now? Could the Los Angeles Lakers make a run at Melo?
After being taken at No. 22 overall by the Boston Celtics, Melo never really got a chance to showcase his ability. He is known for his defensive prowess that was on display when he was a part of the Syracuse basketball team. Whether he signs in the NBA or overseas, Melo could be a low-risk option. His youth and potential will have teams in the NBA and abroad fighting for his services.
With the Lakers lack of height, Melo could be a great fit. With newly hired assistant coach Kurt Rambis, Melo could get the proper tutelage that he needs to establish himself as a defensive force in the paint. Standing at 7-foot-0, Melo could create a good combo with Pau Gasol in some instances. If the Lakers were to sign Melo, he wouldn’t start or get heavy minutes, but he would be given a chance to perform on the biggest stage.
With the Lakers looking for young difference makers, Melo could be that guy. The team has consistently stated they don’t want to compromise their cap situation for next summer, so signing Melo to a one-year deal would be smart. His potential heavily outweighs the financial cost; with the Lakers in the situation they are in, taking a chance on a young player is a good idea.