The two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers didn’t make a move before yesterday’s NBA trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean they are completely satisfied with their current roster.
Word has circulated today that the Lakers are looking hard at the buyout market in an effort to add a player to the roster. The Lakers could use some 3-point shooting or possibly a defensive-minded big man to eat some minutes in the post. Seeing as how Theo Ratliff is likely out for the season, that would seem to be the priority. But adding a 3-point shooter to the second-unit could be a big boost.
Currently, the Lakers are said to have interest in Troy Murphy, Jason Kapono and Leon Powe. The team currently has just 14 players on its roster, which means the Lakers wouldn’t have to dump anyone to make a move.
Powe was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday and could give the Lakers another option in the post. The Boston Celtics are also said to be interested in bringing Powe back into the fold.
Murphy was recently shipped from New Jersey to Golden State, and will likely be bought out by the Warriors before next Thursday’s deadline to do so. If the Lakers added him they’d be getting a 6’11 guy who can rebound and is a career 39.1 percent 3-point shooter.
Kapono, a Los Angeles native who played college ball at UCLA, is also likely to be bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers. With him the Lakers would be adding a career 43.9 percent 3-point shooter, who can’t really do anything but shoot. He’s a terrible defender, but on the team’s second-unit he could help take pressure off of Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown offensively.