The Los Angeles Lakers may have their sights set on Kyrie Irving, but that shouldn’t stop them from making other deals while they try to figure things out.
Especially since it’s clear that the squad needs to rejuvenate further after a disappointing end to last season. According to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Stinar, one player the Lakers should take a closer look at is former lottery winner Josh Jackson, who is currently a free agent.
“There’s no question that Jackson can hit the ball, but his efficiency was very poor. In 291 games, he has a solid career average of 11.1 points per game. However, 41.6% are shots from the field and less than 30% shots from the three-point range. In a bank role he could be a prolific player with the right supporting cast,” Stina wrote on July 26.
Jackson split his time between the Detroit Pistons and the Sacramento Kings last season, playing in a total of 51 regular-season games and starting three of them. Throughout the season, Jackson averaged 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per contest while shooting 40% from the field but just 25.4% from deep.
One of the biggest problems with the Lakers roster last season was the lack of ground clearance around Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Given that Jackson’s career three-point percentage is a paltry 29.2%, he wouldn’t fill that particular need from the bench.
However, Jackson, 25, brings athleticism, youth and some legitimate size into the equation and could be a useful goalscorer on the bench if given the opportunity to use his body when hitting the rim. According to Cleaning The Glass, the Kansas grad does best when he’s within four feet of the basket and converted 61% of his attempts last season.
So if Darvin Ham is looking for his team to constantly press the rim and attack the paint, Jackson would be a viable option for a minimum. However, if the coaching staff still think the roster needs additional shooters, it would be wise for Los Angeles to look elsewhere.
Unfortunately, despite the clear rebuilding project underway earlier in the summer, the Lakers appear poised to make further changes to the roster until Kyrie Irving’s future is decided one way or another.
However, according to a report by Shams Charania on July 25on the Pat McAfee show, it looks like Irving will stay with the Nets until the end of his current contract.
From what I’ve been told, Kyrie Irving has stated his intentions, he wants to play in Brooklyn next season and be a full free agent next summer. Charania informed McAfee on July 25.
So with the Lakers awaiting a fix on Irving’s future, it might be worth making one final call to the Brooklyn Nets’ front office because if both parties are determined to see the rest of the season, at least the Lakers can get on with their roster into a rotation they believe can compete for an NBA championship.