The Los Angeles Lakers are riding high in the West. With the buy-out market just beginning, could the Los Angeles Lakers target someone like Wayne Ellington if he becomes available?
The Los Angeles Lakers sit atop the Western Conference standings, they have two All-NBA performers/MVP candidates in Anthony Davis and LeBron James and have a strong supporting cast helping them along the way.
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The Lakers spent the entirety of the trade deadline looking to make their roster stronger in areas in which they are potentially weak. A great focus was put on finding a play-making point guard who might be able to take the burden off James at times during the season and to quarterback the offense when the 35-year-old is off the floor.
The Lakers had earmarked Darren Collison as a potential addition to the roster, with interesting seemingly mutual from Collison and his camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Unfortunately, hopes were dashed when Collison and his team U-Turned and he decided to remain retired.
With the trade deadline now passed, the purple and gold will have to put all their energy into finding more depth via the buy-out and free agency market, both of which are slim pickings at this moment in time.
With the market stagnant right now, a lot of stock needs to be put in players that will potentially be bought out. One potential player that could be on the market very soon is New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington.
With the Lakers having so many guards on their roster including Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Danny Green, it is fair to ask why would the Lakers need another guard?
In Green and Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers have two players capable of playing minutes at the Small Forward position. With LeBron James currently fielding most if not all the minutes at this position, it is fair to say that he needs help and rest coming into the 2nd half of the season.
Allowing Green and Caldwell-Pope to take some minutes at the position allows for James to take breaks and stay healthy for the playoff run ahead.
Adding someone like Ellington allows for one or both of Green and Caldwell-Pope to get minutes at both the 2 and 3 spots without the quality of the shooting guard play being diluted with the juggling of minutes.
So what does Wayne Ellington offer the Lakers? Well, 3-point shooting.
While he is having a down year in term of 3-point shooting, Wayne Ellington is one person who opposing teams do not want to see get hot.
With his ability to catch-and-shoot, come off screens and shoot off the dribble, Ellington would offer the Lakers a consistent 3-point shooter. He would replace Troy Daniels on the depth chart.
Daniels was expected to do the above upon joining the Lakers this season but has yet to truly fire on all cylinders and could very easily be the 1st player out the door.
While Ellington’s numbers have been down this season, a significant portion of the blame can be put on the total mess that is the New York Knicks.
With the franchise in disarray, it is hardly a conducive environment for a player to do their best work. Put Ellington on a contender and let’s see what he can do.
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