The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in team history by almost any metric. The team sits at 8-31, keeping Los Angeles on pace to set a new low for worst record in the organization's history for the third consecutive year. According to Basketball Reference, the team will also have one of the four worst defenses in team history for the third consecutive year if they continue apace (those two things are probably not unrelated). To top it all off, the Lakers could lose their draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if a few ping pong balls bounce the wrong way on lottery night and the team falls outside the top-three in draft order.
All hope is not lost, however. The Lakers are projected to have the most cap space in the league this summer (around 65.8 million) when Kobe Bryant retires and Roy Hibbert's contract comes off the books. Many fans are rooting for the pipe dream of seeing Kevin Durant in purple and gold, but their are a few other intriguing options as well.
One of those options is Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan, a Southern California native who has recently been rumored to be a target of the Lakers this offseason. Current Lakers' guard Lou Williams was asked on Twitter about the possibility of recruiting his former teammate to the Lakers this offseason, and he seemed to at least consider it, and definitely didn't rule it out:
Could Williams help bring DeRozan, who is currently averaging 22.9 points, 4.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1 steal, "home" to Los Angeles to fill the huge void at shooting guard the Lakers will have after 20 years of penciling Bryant in at that position? We won't have any real idea until the offseason, but whatever Williams brings to the table (along with a max contract the Lakers are expected to offer DeRozan, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN) has to be a heck of a lot better than whatever this thing with Adam Levine was last summer:
Free agency stuff aside, Williams was on fire on Twitter on Monday night. The Lakers scorer had a hilarious exchange with a fan seeming to imply he was part of the team:
We? #youwasntwithmeshootinginthegym lol. take care bro. Jokes https://t.co/XNxAoDm8yE— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 12, 2016
@TeamLou23 I was at the gym shooting in my Kobe & Magic jerseys.. Dont think any Laker fans own a Lou jersey RT pic.twitter.com/hllgOgozlx— Mr. Vino (@MJCANDANCE) January 12, 2016
@MJCANDANCE we agree there. So let's keep it like that. Make you a deal, unfollow me and don't root for me and we are even? Deal??— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 12, 2016
@TeamLou23 cool deal. Good luck on your new team next season bro . Hahahahaha pic.twitter.com/bMCQt3bOiR— Mr. Vino (@MJCANDANCE) January 12, 2016
@MJCANDANCE stuck with me for 3 years at least bro .— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 12, 2016
Then Lou poked a bit of fun at himself for the lack of Williams #23 jerseys in the crowd during games:
I knew somebody had one besides my daughter . Salute lol https://t.co/dOOnjcDgT6— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 12, 2016
The moral of this story? Lou Williams is a must follow on Twitter for any Lakers fan.
All stats per NBA.com