The Los Angeles Lakers need to make some changes. The squad is 15-14 after 29 games and sits at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race.
Obviously L.A. found itself in a similar position last season and still found a way to make the conference finals, but that was due to some smart deal-making from the front office.
History will need to repeat itself this year.
One area the Lakers are really lacking in (again) is three-point shooting. They are at the bottom of the league in every meaningful ranking as it pertains to pulling up from beyond the arc.
This week, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report linked L.A. to someone from the 2020 championship team who could solve all their problems: Danny Green.
“Green could help fill the Lakers’ shooting void,” Buckley wrote.
“He’s done that before. The veteran swingman was a rotation regular for the 2019-20 title team, ranking second on that squad with 120 triples.
“[Green’s] defense has eroded with age—he turned 36 in June—but his three-ball is as fiery as ever (43.2 percent in limited action last season). He also has enough veteran know-how to find his fit on the fly.”
Obviously one problem that has consistently plagued the Lakers is that every time they sign someone who historically has been regarded as a shooter, that person magically forgets how to shoot.
That could happen once again with Green.
Unfortunately, options here are limited.
Obviously the Lakers have made it no secret that they are interested in Zach LaVine. Their ‘high end’ trade offer for him is a matter of public record.
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It is unclear how interested the Chicago Bulls actually are in making something work here, though.
As a result, L.A. may be forced to work around the margins to fix the team as opposed to going all-in on a big trade.
Is a reunion between Green and the Lakers in the cards in 2024? Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.