bool(false) Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Undrafted Free Agents They Should Sign

5 Undrafted Free Agents the Los Angeles Lakers Should Sign

5 Undrafted Free Agent Options for the Lakers

Patric Young
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With only three players under contract right now, the Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of work to do heading into the 2014 season. They brought in two promising players during the 2014 NBA Draft, but still have a lot of work to do before the upcoming NBA season gets under way. Adding talent, no matter how unproven, is a must.

Here’s a look at five undrafted rookies the Lakers could target when free agency opens on July 1.

Deonte Burton, PG, Nevada

Deonte Burton
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Deonte Burton, PG, Nevada

Deonte Burton
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Even with Jordan Clarkson now in the mix, the Lakers can’t afford to be complacent at point guard. While Burton isn’t exactly the facilitator they’ve been longing for, he’s a sensational athlete who can create offense with his handles and ability to finish at the rim. His shooting needs some work, but the potential is there.

James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina

James Michael McAdoo
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James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina

James Michael McAdoo
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During his days with the Tarheels, McAdoo never quite played up to his potential. The bloodlines and physical tools, however, suggest that there’s still hope for his future. If he could dedicate himself to getting better and being a more consistent player, he’d be a steal for the Lakers.

Melvin Ejim, SF, Iowa State

Melvin Ejim
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Melvin Ejim, SF, Iowa State

Melvin Ejim
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A well-rounded talent who falls into the “tweener” category, Ejim has the motor and basketball IQ to make it at the next level. However, he’ll have to prove that effort and instincts can overcome his physical limitations. Still, Ejim is the type of tenacious player the Lakers need more of moving forward.

Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State

Aaron Craft
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Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State

Aaron Craft
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When it comes to tenacity, there aren’t many better than Craft. He’s an excellent on-ball defender who does a great job of pestering opponents. However, his poor shooting and limitations on the offensive side of the court will be concerns. The Lakers could mold him into a quality role player over time.

Patric Young, C, Florida

Patric Young
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Patric Young, C, Florida

Patric Young
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If you’re looking for a player who looks the part, Young will fit your fancy. He’s a big, muscular player who has the strength to dominate the paint. However, inconsistency and underwhelming play dropped him out of the draft. If the Lakers could motivate him and refine his technique, though, Young would be a huge steal.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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