Rob Pelinka and the Los Angeles Lakers have had an incredibly busy offseason. It all started early with the trade to acquire superstar power forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. Due to the high price of acquiring Davis, the Lakers lost most of their depth and had to make a plethora of other moves to fill out their roster.
Now, the Lakers could consider dipping in the latter stages of free agency for another piece or two. There are still some very good players out on the market. Playing alongside James and Davis will be a major draw in and of itself, with the opportunity to play in Los Angeles will be a major selling point as well.
Los Angeles is looking to contend for a championship immediately. The moves they have made this offseason show that very clearly. While the roster looks very competitive, they can still add more pieces to the puzzle.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at three late free agency targets that the Lakers should consider.
3. Ryan Anderson
Shooting is something that no team can ever have enough of. While Anderson may not be the same player that he was a few years back, he can still space the floor. That will be a major key for players hoping to fit in well with Davis and James.
Anderson didn’t play much of a role last season with either the Phoenix Suns or Miami Heat. Back in 2017-18, however, Anderson had a decent role with the Houston Rockets and ended up averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He may not have a major role in L.A. if he ends up with the team, but he would be solid depth and even more shooting options.
2. Justin Holiday
Next up on the list is a quality 3-and-D player who could play a very solid all-around role for the team. Frank Vogel prides himself on defense and Holiday would fit that bill. Quite a few teams have had interest in him this offseason, but he has yet to make a decision on where to play.
Holiday split last season between the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He may end up getting paid more than the Lakers can offer, but competing for a title could be of interest to him. Los Angeles should certainly look into this option.
1. Kyle Korver
Finally, Kyle Korver has experience playing with James and that experience was a good one. Korver has been very vocal about enjoying playing alongside “The King.” Teaming up in Los Angeles would make a lot of sense for both sides.
L.A. could use more consistent shooting and that is exactly what Korver has always brought to the court. He is likely to sign a veteran’s minimum deal with a contender and the Lakers should pounce on him if they get the opportunity. Korver is going to have quite a few offer, but the Lakers would be tough for him to turn down.