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 4 weeks ago '07        #1
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Which players might the L.A. Lakers target in free agency if they don't have max cap space?

If the Lakers complete their reported deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis on July 6 and Davis opts not to waive his $4 million trade bonus, the Lakers project to have a maximum of $23.7 million in cap space, according to reporting by ESPN's Bobby Marks. That wouldn't be enough for the Lakers to realistically target a third star to go with Davis and LeBron James.

Instead, the Lakers would surely be better off splitting that money among multiple role players, as well as using the room midlevel estimated at $4.8 million to add depth to a roster that will feature just five players under guaranteed contract after the trade -- none of them guards. Here's a look at some free agents who might make sense for the Lakers.

Patrick Beverley | LA Clippers

Stealing Beverley from the rival Clippers would be a coup for the Lakers, who could offer him a better chance at starting if the Clippers sign a wing free agent to go with young guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet. Beverley has quietly developed into a reliable 3-point shooter, having shot 40% beyond the arc during two seasons with the Clippers, and he remains one of the league's most dogged on-ball defenders in his early 30s (Beverley will turn 31 in July).

On the downside, the Lakers would be counting on Beverley -- originally drafted by L.A. before being dealt on draft night -- staying healthy. Last year's 78 games played were a career high for Beverley, who missed 71 games in 2017-18 due to a meniscus injury that required season-ending surgery.

Alex Caruso | L.A. Lakers

On two-way contracts with the Lakers the past two seasons, Caruso averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 a*sists in five April games, four of them starts. He's a good enough 3-point shooter (36% career in the G League) to play off the ball and a reliable option as a backup point guard. If the Lakers could re-sign Caruso to a full NBA contract at the veteran's minimum as a restricted free agent, he'd provide valuable depth.

Darren Collison | Indiana Pacers

A Southern California native who played at UCLA, Collison could look to return home after two years starting at the point for the Pacers, who have younger Aaron Holiday as their point guard of the future. Collison is an excellent catch-and-shoot option, having led the league in 3-point percentage in 2017-18 (47%) and shot 39% in his career. The concern is whether the undersized Collison (listed at an even 6 feet) could hold up defensively deep in the playoffs. He hasn't started a game beyond the first round of the postseason in his NBA career.

George Hill | Milwaukee Bucks

Because just $1 million of Hill's $18 million 2019-20 salary is guaranteed through July 1, the Bucks will likely waive him before the end of June, making him an unrestricted free agent. Hill played with LeBron in Cleveland in 2018, and although that time is remembered as disappointing, Hill started 18 games and averaged 29 minutes per game. His real issue was a poorly timed slump from beyond the arc (31% in those year's playoffs, as compared to 37% in the postseason over his career). Given Hill's size and defensive versatility, he'd be a good fit for the Lakers.

Avery Bradley | Memphis Grizzlies

Like Hill, Bradley is expected to be waived ahead of his $13 million 2019-20 salary becoming fully guaranteed on July 3. Bradley is coming off a difficult season in which he posted a dismal 46.4 true shooting percentage with the Clippers before being dealt to Memphis at the deadline. (League average last year was 56%.)

The Pelicans have agreed to send six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, where he'll team up with LeBron James, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Full story

Bradley's defensive ability has long been overrated because he is elite on the ball but a nonfactor as a help defender. Still, that reputation plus 36% career 3-point shooting could make Bradley an option for the Lakers.

Reggie Bullock | L.A. Lakers

If the Lakers end up with sub-max space, it dramatically increases the value of Bullock's modest $4.75 million cap hold. The Lakers could keep that on the books and then go over the cap to re-sign Bullock for a larger amount. He started 16 of the 19 games he played for the Lakers after a pre-deadline trade with the Detroit Pistons, and though Bullock shot a below-average 34% on 3s in that span, he's a career 39% shooter beyond the arc.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | L.A. Lakers

After dismal October shooting that cost him a starting job at shooting guard, Caldwell-Pope rallied to post the best true shooting percentage of his career (56.8%, slightly better than league average). Caldwell-Pope isn't quite a good enough 3-point shooter (34.5% career) to be an ideal fit with LeBron and Davis, but he's a far more efficient scorer than Bradley, as well as more effective as an off-ball defender and two years younger. If Caldwell-Pope finds the market cool, a return to the Lakers at a pay cut from last year's $12 million salary would make sense.

Danny Green | Toronto Raptors

By far the best fit on the market for the Lakers' short-term needs, Green again proved his value to a championship team during the Raptors' title run despite struggling from 3-point range in the conference finals.

At 6-foot-6, Green is capable of guarding any of the three perimeter spots, and he bounced back from three down seasons to make 45.5% of his 3s during the 2018-19 regular season. If the Lakers could get him for less than $15 million a year, spending on Green and skimping on a point guard might make sense given James will be the team's primary playmaker.

Trevor Ariza | Washington Wizards

By all accounts, the Lakers aggressively pursued Ariza last fall before the Phoenix Suns instead dealt him to the Wizards. Though Ariza is a small forward by trade, he could still make sense in L.A. After all, Ariza is going to defend the opposition's best wing scorer regardless of what position he's nominally playing, and LeBron supplies much of the secondary ballhandling teams usually want from their shooting guard. So if the price is right, perhaps we will still see Ariza return to the Lakers after winning a championship in L.A. in 2009.

Nerlens Noel | Oklahoma City Thunder

A client of Klutch Sports, the agency for both Davis and LeBron, Noel must decide soon on a $2 million player option to remain with the Thunder for a second season.

The Lakers could beat that using the room exception, and though Noel wouldn't have a clear path to a starting job in L.A., he could play both alongside and behind Davis. That could translate to a larger role than the 13.7 minutes Noel averaged in Oklahoma City.

Limited offensively, Noel would still be a defensive upgrade on JaVale McGee at center. His plus-3.8 defensive rating last season in ESPN's real plus-minus ranked third-best in the NBA.

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 4 weeks ago '18        #2
BIG FONT 14 heat pts14
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They gone need a helluva lot more than that if they wanna beat the Raps mane and thems the facts jack
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 4 weeks ago '16        #3
WoodPipe 3 heat pts
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This list of players
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 4 weeks ago '05        #4
Colin Cowherd 225 heat pts225
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Bds
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 4 weeks ago '05        #5
jaedot 27 heat pts27
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 4 weeks ago '17        #6
Prodigital SC 991 heat pts991
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My target pool, no order:

(*) = ideal choice imo

Beverley (*)
Carter (*)
Ariza (*)
Redd*ck
Crawford
Curry (*)
Gay
Rose
Ross
Morris (*)
Lopez (*)
McGee
Bullock
Caruso
Green
Noel


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 4 weeks ago '09        #7
Puppet Master 197 heat pts197
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they gonna need a hell of a lot more if they wanna beat the Rockets
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 4 weeks ago '05        #8
lakersboy03 7 heat pts
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Tf kinda list is this
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 4 weeks ago '07        #9
N.O.4Life 72 heat pts72
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Them swapped picks gonna be beautiful in a couple years


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 4 weeks ago '04        #10
erickonasis 26 heat pts26
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 Prodigital SC said
McGee
I Javelle still under contract or no? he played decent last year

 4 weeks ago '10        #11
tallulahmademe 16 heat pts16
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 4 weeks ago '17        #12
Prodigital SC 991 heat pts991
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 erickonasis said
I Javelle still under contract or no? he played decent last year
Na, he's a FA. I think he would fit well next to AD though, that interior defense would be a force.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #13
WoodPipe 3 heat pts
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 erickonasis said
I Javelle still under contract or no? he played decent last year
They only have AD Bron Kuzma Caruso and Bonga
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 4 weeks ago '14        #14
CEITEDMOFO 580 heat pts580
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LAKERS BENCH GONNA BE TRASH

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 4 weeks ago '09        #15
whodatb1 330 heat pts330
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fu*k this list of players ......... woj on espn still hating .......

fu*k all these dudes ......... after they make their signings ... then theyll question the age or health or diet or sleeping habits or dating habits ....

theyll find somethings ....

cant wait til the season ..........
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 4 weeks ago '14        #16
Spot Rusherz 282 heat pts282
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How is ESPN supposed to say who THE LAKERS are targeting?

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 4 weeks ago '09        #17
dadon85 138 heat pts138
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Fuk kyrie and Kemba

Get Kawhi and chalmers
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 4 weeks ago '04        #18
erickonasis 26 heat pts26
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 Prodigital SC said
Na, he's a FA. I think he would fit well next to AD though, that interior defense would be a force.
They need to re sign him. He looked great at times and minimal Shaqtin a fool
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 4 weeks ago '04        #19
patt24 54 heat pts54
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lakers arent going to be winning anything with what they can get...they have 27m to fill out a winning roster...
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 4 weeks ago '04        #20
Kadroan 208 heat pts208
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I'm surprised JR Smith isn't on the list. We're almost at the draft and nobody sent a 1st to CLE. They got to pay him before the ends before his deal becomes fully guaranteed.
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 4 weeks ago '17        #21
YoungOG 
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 Prodigital SC said
Na, he's a FA. I think he would fit well next to AD though, that interior defense would be a force.
they can still sign him tho..get the pieces wit da cap space,and go over wit pieces u had from last year u wanna bring back
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 4 weeks ago '05        #22
JimDinO77 21 heat pts21
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 Kadroan said
I'm surprised JR Smith isn't on the list. We're almost at the draft and nobody sent a 1st to CLE. They got to pay him before the ends before his deal becomes fully guaranteed.
I agree..... hell, get Melo too.....

Yea, JR fu*ked up, but they are trying to blackball him over one play.... nvm tho.... think Cavs still got him on the books. #FreeJR


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 4 weeks ago '17        #23
dubsax 16 heat pts16
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 patt24 said
lakers arent going to be winning anything with what they can get...they have 27m to fill out a winning roster...
false they have 4-5 players with cap holds and about 60-65 million before the luxury tax.
They dont need to play 12 deep.
Theyll have between 10-12 before summer league and will bring up a few g league players for 15.




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 4 weeks ago '17        #24
YoungOG 
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 WoodPipe said
This list of players
and all them players better than erbody on yo team that's playing next year not named steph,or Draymond lol


 4 weeks ago '10        #25
FrankAndBeans 31 heat pts31
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 YoungOG said
and all them players better than erbody on yo team that's playing next year not named steph,or Draymond lol

Seth Curry is younger and a better 3pt shooter and defender than Steph Curry
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