The Los Angeles Lakers have won three straight games and finally look like a half-decent basketball team.
That said, they are still 5-10 on the year, sit 13th in the Western Conference and desperately need to improve.
All of which explains their interest in Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier, who is a lights-out three-point shooter and would address their biggest weakness.
Unfortunately, L.A. isn’t the only team interested in Rozier’s services.
“Point guard Terry Rozier, forward Gordon Hayward and center Mason Plumlee are three guys executives around the league are eyeing in Charlotte, and would-be contenders teams like the [New York] Knicks, [Miami] Heat, [Dallas] Mavericks, [Phoenix] Suns, and Lakers are expected to inquire should those players be put on the market,” NBA insider Sean Deveney reported recently.
“Rozier is a little tougher because he has the contract (first of a four-year, $96 million deal) but he has fans with the Lakers, if they want to give up some picks,” an NBA executive told Deveney.
It is easy to see why the Lakers want Rozier. They are the worst three-point shooting team in the league.
Who is right behind them, though? The Knicks. Miami is in the bottom third of the NBA in that regard as well, as are the Mavericks.
Every squad seeking Rozier out, with the exception of Phoenix, has a major shooting hole that needs to be plugged.
Out of everyone listed, however – the Lakers have the most tradeable assets available. Should they be willing to give up their two remaining first round draft picks in this decade, that is.
As things presently stand, L.A. is eyeing three free agent sharpshooters. If the team signs any of them, they likely won’t pursue Rozier.
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But if none of those guys are added to the roster, Rozier makes all the sense in the world. And at least one of his teammates would probably be brought along.
Where will Rozier ultimately be playing come season’s end?
Time will tell.