By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on July 25, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers entered the offseason with three guaranteed contracts on the roster and a head coaching vacancy. The team is in no way finished just yet, but GM Mitch Kupchak has made a few acquisitions worth noting including Jeremy Lin via trade. As Kupchak looks to fill out the roster, there are a few bargain free agents available that the team should take into consideration.
A familiar face in the city of Los Angeles, Shannon Brown played a vital role off the bench for the Lakers during their title run four years ago. Brown was a serious threat off the bench due to his explosiveness and ability to heat up at any moment. His stellar play landed him a lucrative contract with the Phoenix Suns, resulting in his departure. However, since leaving the Lakers, Brown has struggled mightily to find staying power in the NBA.
Known for his defensive prowess, Brewer has played in meaningful games throughout his eight-year career. As we all know though, without consistent shooting ability, it's extremely tough for wing players to find playing time in today's league. This has led to Brewer's recent demise, but the Lakers could certainly use the defense off the bench.
One of the younger players on this list, Jordan Hamilton's stock is at an all-time low after minutes have come sparingly throughout his NBA career. Despite averaging a career 5.8 PPG, Hamilton is a talented scorer exhibited by his years at Texas. At 6-foot-8, Hamilton can potentially play valuable minutes on the floor, developing his game on both ends. The lack of playing time can lead the Lakers to inking Hamilton for cheap.
Perhaps the most familiar face in the Lakers organization, Metta World Peace is still without a home nearly a month into free agency. World Peace struggled with injuries last season, but can bring his tenacity and leadership to a relatively young Lakers roster. In the twilight years of his career, World Peace is unlikely to receive anything more than the minimum, and probably would prefer to sign in a city he is already accustomed to.
Recent acquisitions by the Dallas Mavericks make Marion's return highly unlikely at this point, leaving the door wide open to for the Lakers to steal him away. His experience and ability to still produce at a fairly high level make him a perfect fit to not only play for the Lakers, but start at the small forward position.
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