Free agency is mostly behind the Los Angeles Lakers, but with a handful of roster spots left to fill, there are still a couple types of role players that this team could use. So, this week on “The Lakers Lounge,” Harrison Faigen and I focused on those needs and whether there are still players available who can fill them.
We started with one of their most glaring needs: A facilitating point guard.
Now, obviously, the Lakers are pretty stacked with combo guards like Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk, but all of those guys are more attackers than they are inclined to get everyone in position to execute an offense. We both think the Lakers could use someone who thinks more like a traditional point guard to help with the flow of the offense in some situations, mainly on nights where LeBron James and/or Westbrook aren’t available.
Once we discussed that positional need, we segued over to the other way the Lakers can fill out their roster: The best players available.
Getting such players, even at this stage, is difficult. Mainly because for most of them, despite the market drying up, they still may feel they’re worth more than the minimum the Lakers can offer, or they’re in restricted free agency limbo, which presents a whole different set of complications getting in the way for both the player and the team hoping to land them.
Paul Millsap, Josh Hart and Lauri Markannen are all facing tough decisions as many teams’ cap space is now filled, and perhaps the Lakers stand to benefit from those markets dwindling around them. It obviously sucks to see players in that spot, but this is often where real value is found (and might be why the Lakers are leaving their options open).
Finally, we discussed a few other players and a couple in-house options for the Lakers if free agency doesn’t pan out, and then introduced a game we’ll be playing every week to send people into the weekend with a laugh.
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