The season just ended for the Los Angeles Lakers but there’s already been plenty of speculation on what the team might do so they don’t get knocked out of the playoffs early again. An issue they definitely need to address is shooting. The team was inconsistent from beyond the arc all season and only got worse in the playoffs.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the Lakers’ two best players but neither are particularly great 3-point shooters. The team would be wise to find an elite shooter to help mask their deficiencies. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report is confident that Boston Celtics free agent Evan Fournier is exactly what the Lakers need, but things could get complicated:
Boston helps the cause if it wants Schroder in a double sign-and-trade. That’s not likely. The Lakers instead need to hope the Celtics would take one or two of their mid-sized salaries (Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) and this year’s No. 22 pick as compensation.
Is Fournier worth that plus Los Angeles letting at least one of its other main free agents walk? Given how desperately they need three-point shooting and someone else comfortable putting the ball on the floor, um, yes.