Although the Los Angeles Lakers are in need of a starting point guard, the rumored acquisition of Jeremy Lin is a terrible mistake, even if it’s only a temporary addition.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Lin is on his way to Los Angeles in exchange for a collection of cash and overseas draft rights. Even though Lin has torched the Lakers in the past and will be a free agent after next season, his numbers have dropped each of his two years as a member of the Houston Rockets.
With the addition of Lin, the Lakers would have a plethora of guards not capable of guarding the elite point guards in the western conference. Last season Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists, but shot just 35 percent from behind the three point line. Lin’s 2.5 turnovers per game is also a negative that might cut his playing time next season, depending on who the Lakers decide to hire.
With news of LeBron James returning home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Carmelo Anthony trimming his list down to the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls, it is no surprise that the Lakers have turned to Plan C to fill out their roster. But Lin should not be a part of the Lakers’ future because he does not address the current perimeter needs of the team. With free agent guard Eric Bledsoe still available, Lin should not have been on the Lakers’ radar.
If Lin is indeed on his way to Los Angeles it would be another mistake by general manager Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers’ organization. The unsung hero in all of the Lin rumors could be free agent forward Chris Bosh, who is rumored to re-sign with the Miami Heat. According to ESPN, the Heat and Bosh are finalizing a deal that would keep the all-star forward in South Beach. If Bosh does not sign with Houston, Lin may stay put, and the rumors of the Lakers signing another overpaid point guard will be put to rest. If the Lakers intend on contending for a title soon, they should bypass Lin.