The LA Lakers currently have 14 players under contract, and that means one spot still remains open. Word going around has them interested in acquiring Kevin Seraphin via free agency, but there are rumors swirling that they could be looking to acquire guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade, even with a crowded backcourt. That being said, new rumors are coming about that the Lakers could be interested in trading for even more backcourt help.
Going after Kevin Seraphin is still something that the Lakers are doing, and Lakers Nation doesn’t blame them for wanting to sign the former Washington Wizards’ forward. His size and strength could help them under the basket, but they have competition.
New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards continue to show interest in Kevin Seraphin, league sources tell Sheridan Hoops.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 28, 2015
That sort of signing makes a lot of sense. The idea of trading for another guard or two really doesn’t make much sense for the Lakers.
D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson are expected to be the starting guards for the Lakers, and that means Kobe Bryant could be spending time at small or power forward. Lou Williams was signed and he’s a former Sixth Man of the Year award winner so it’s not like they are lacking depth.
After missing out on Ty Lawson, the Lakers have pretty much gone after forwards and centers. Now, Sports World Report states that the Lakers may be looking to trade for Mario Chalmers, Jose Calderon, or even Brandon Jennings.
Chalmers has been “shopped aggressively” by the Miami Heat, and so far, they have not had any real interested teams. While he would provide good depth, it would likely be a trade that included sending away Nick Young, and the Heat may not be too interested in his contract.
It’s quite possible that the Lakers could trade away Young or Robert Sacre or Ryan Kelly for any of those players, but that still remains to be seen. Some other options for the Lakers’ guard depth could be Andre Miller or Jason Terry too.
Right now, the rumors of trading for another guard are just that – rumors.
There is still one open roster spot though, and a number of players could end up filling that opening including JaVale McGee, Robert Upshaw, or Glen Davis. Any of those players would be good signings and provide depth under the basket.
The LA Lakers have tried to do a lot of moves this NBA offseason that have failed, but others have worked out and will bring immediate success. Trading or trying to acquire more guards is not what they should be after though, as another big man is what’s now needed.
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