RUMOR: Ex-Lakers guard wants to be shooter LeBron James, Russell Westbrook need
The Los Angeles Lakers have been at the center of the basketball world as of late. Well, more than they usually are, at least. With Russell Westbrook joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis via trade, there’s no question that LA’s star power matches anyone else in the league. But the question becomes how it all fits together.
One clear-as-day addition they need would be perimeter shooting. With three dominant offensive threats who aren’t exactly outsider scorers, getting the right floor spacers is key. There’s no shortage of names being thrown around as possibilities, but one solid option that is reportedly interested is a former Laker from the pre-LeBron era.
Via LA Times’ Broderick Turner:
The Lakers need shooting. One name that is coming up is Patty Mills. He can shoot the lights out and would be great off the bench. Wayne Ellington is another shooter who has interest in rejoining the Lakers.
While San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills would be a massive addition, he might command a higher salary than the Lakers can offer. But Wayne Ellington might just be willing to take a veteran’s minimum rate if it means taking wide-open 3s off passes from LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
Ellington played one season for the Lakers back in 2014-15, averaging double figures while shooting a decent 37% from deep. He’s a career 38.2% 3-point shooter and was extra lethal last season with the Detroit Pistons. Dubbed The Man with the Golden Arm, Ellington shot 42.2% on six attempts per game.
If the Lakers can nab Wayne Ellington for cheap, it would definitely be an absolute coup.