Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Mario Chalmers May Be Headed To The Lakers

The most recent player linked to the Los Angeles Lakers could help the team in numerous ways. He could add leadership to a reasonably young Los Angeles Lakers team, and would be one of the few players on the squad with playoff experience. The Los Angeles Lakers are lacking in these departments, especially after the loss of Carlos Boozer to free agency.

The Los Angeles Lakers are pursuing a trade that would send Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers to the west coast. Chalmers will be coming off the bench if he stays in Miami, after the drafting of Justise Winslow and the maximum contract given to Goran Dragic, the starting point guard, but behind him is only Chalmers. And his $4.3 million salary makes him even less important to the Heat, making him the center of trade talks.

According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, depth issues is what will stop any trade with Chalmers from being finalized. Unless the Heat can acquire a cheaper point guard in return, they might have to hold onto Chalmers for at least the beginning of the season.

The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be the team best suited for Mario Chalmers. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there is one spot remaining on the Lakers squad and trades have been discussed that would give Los Angeles some help in the backcourt.

Mario Chalmers would be a great fit to help ease D’Angelo Russell into the league and help him be successful. The Los Angeles Times originally linked the Los Angeles Lakers to J.R. Smith, but recently it has been said that a contract agreement between the two sides is unlikely.

The Lakers are still trying to dump the salaries of Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly, who could be part of the package sent to Miami in return for Chalmers. However, the Heat are not lacking depth in the forward and center positions.

Speaking of Heat big men, Chris Andersen has been rumored to be on the trade block. The New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks are both rumored to be interested in the flamboyant center. In return for Andersen, the Heat may receive a cheaper guard, allowing them to trade Chalmers.

Do you think the Los Angeles Lakers will make a transaction in order to acquire Mario Chalmers? If not, what other moves do you see the Los Angeles Lakers making before the NBA season begins in October?

[Image via Getty Images]