With LeBron James now officially a member of the Lakers, it’s time for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to find complementary players for the King. The first week of free agency was headlined by tough-minded players, such as Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo. Now, it’s all about signing solid 3-point marksmen and role players for Los Angeles. With that said, here are four free agents the Lakers should pursue in the coming weeks.
At 38 years old, time is running out for Jamal Crawford to win his first NBA title. While the three-time Sixth Man of the Year has been linked to the Golden State Warriors, making his way back to L.A. would be an even better option.
If the Lakers are willing enough to unload young talent for Kawhi Leonard, specifically an intriguing guard like Josh Hart, they’ll need another ball-handler in the backcourt. Signing Crawford to a veteran’s minimum deal would be an excellent choice.
After flashing potential with the Clippers, could Montrezl Harrell find himself playing for the Lakers? There hasn’t been any indication of him staying in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean GM Rob Pelinka shouldn’t try and snag the former Louisville superstar.
Without James Harden throwing lobs to him in Houston, the young forward improved his game so much during last season. His length and ability to run in transition might appeal to James, as Harrell might just be the next Tristan Thompson.
Throughout the years, LeBron James-led teams have always had 3-point shooters surrounding the four-time MVP. Even if they didn’t specialize in other phases of the game, adding impressive shooters spaces the floor for LBJ.
For the Lakers, a nice reunion with Wayne Ellington would help solve this dilemma. Not only did Ellington average 11.2 points per game in Miami, but the former first-round pick also connected on 39.2 percent of his triples. It’s safe to say that he’d fit in just fine with King James.
Landing Clint Capela would easily be the flashiest move the Lakers can make in free agency, but it’s also the trickiest. It would require Los Angeles to clear up cap space on their roster, which would probably come in the form of Luol Deng. However, signing Capela turns Los Angeles into immediate contenders in the Western Conference.
During the 2017-18 season, the 24-year-old center averaged 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The fact that he’s still on the market is extremely bizarre. If the Lakers can weaken the Houston Rockets and also help improve their roster, then at least making an offer to the restricted free agent is worth it.