A couple of days ago, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Lakers had interest in Raja Bell – a guy who flourished under L.A.’s new coach, Mike D’Antoni, in the past when the two were in Phoenix.
Now, it’s being reported by Marc J. Spears that the Lakers also have looked into bringing Mickael Pietrus to Los Angeles.
Pietrus has apparently been holding out for more than a minimum contract and that’s why he’s still a free agent. I’m not so sure he’ll get more than that, though.
If he wants to join the Lakers, they can only offer him around the minimum anyway.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 24, 2012
It’s interesting that L.A. are looking into other guards/small forwards. I’m not quite sure what it means at this point seeing as Jodie Meeks has been playing well recently at the back-up shooting guard position. They may be looking for a back-up small forward, but right now, Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison are filling those minutes well – last night they combined for 38 points.
It seems D’Antoni may want to play Jamison more at the 4, so there could be an opening at the small forward position. I’d definitely give Devin Ebanks some run there before going after Bell or Pietrus. Ebanks is younger than both – by far – and has shown glimpses of being a very solid player.
However, what would happen to Jordan Hill‘s minutes if Jamison plays the back-up 4? Here’s pure speculation by me: maybe the Lakers would package Hill with some bad contracts (maybe Steve Blake or Chris Duhon) in exchange for a pick. This way, they’d save money and free up some roster spots to bring in a guy like Bell or Pietrus.
I hope this isn’t the case, though. I like Hill and hopefully D’Antoni will find a way to integrate him into the offense. The same goes for Ebanks.