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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Necessary Roster Additions?

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Earlier this week, the Lakers signed second-round pick Jordan Clarkson to a contract, bringing the Lakers roster to 13 players. The maximum the Lakers can carry is 15, and the Lakers remain about $2 million below the luxury tax giving them the capability to add one or two more minimum contracts if they see fit.

The Lakers definitely have some holes on the roster. The small forward position is pretty thin and the Lakers lack a true center and rim protector. As much as head coach Byron Scott has been preaching defense this off-season, the Lakers seem to have a lot of players who are below-average on that end of the floor.

The team, for their part, has been looking into possibilities. They have worked out unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley twice. The second time was part of a group featuring seven other free agents such as guard Bobby Brown and center Greg Stiemsma.

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With training camp set to begin soon, the Lakers would be wise to add someone before then if that is their intention. But would any free agent addition make that much of a difference in the Lakers season?

We asked our panel of experts, should the Lakers add any new players in free agency before the season starts? This is what they had to say:

Russell Valenzuela (@RussVal4): It wouldn’t hurt the Lakers to add more players to their roster. There is a glaring hole at the small forward position with just Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson as the primary three men. Kobe Bryant and Nick Young can also move over, but adding depth would be nice.

Since the Lakers worked out Michael Beasley for a second time Wednesday, it appears the team is somewhat interested in bringing him along for a camp invite.

When Beasley’s head is in the game and focused, he is still one of the better talents in the league. In limited minutes and outings with the Miami Heat last year, he shot a career high 50 percent from the field.

Signing Beasley or anyone else would be a low risk move as they would be brought on cheaply and possibly on non-guaranteed money. At the very least, the addition will push everyone else on the roster to try harder in training camp given the extra competition.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): The biggest concern for the Los Angeles Lakers heading into next season will be the small forward position. Wesley Johnson is the only true small forward on the roster and he’s coming off a disappointing season which convinced many that he wouldn’t be re-signed this summer.

With no one seemingly sold on Wes becoming a force to be reckoned with, small forward will be a weakness for the Lakers once again unless a move is made. Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry and Nick Young can play the position, but Henry might be the only one to get considerable time at the three spot.

One player that could provide some depth and insurance at small forward is free agent Michael Beasley. The former second overall pick worked out with the team recently, but wasn’t signed.

Although Beasley didn’t leave the Lakers practice facility with a contract, the team is interested in speaking with him again. It is uncertain if the team is truly considering Beasley as a viable option, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that he lands in Los Angeles before next season.

Beasley would help provide insurance at the small forward position if Johnson is unable to make an impact. Johnson will likely be the starter at the three spot at the beginning of next season unless Henry is deemed the better option by head coach Byron Scott.

Outside of Beasley, I really don’t see any other free agents worth rolling the dice on.

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Nathan Kim (@Kimchiz): The Lakers recently worked out 8 players. The pool of players was quite underwhelming and none of them really stood out.

The only player that is really recognizable from the list players that worked out is Michael Beasley. Beasley had his worst statistical season last year with the Miami Heat and his stats have declined in each of the last three seasons.

He was ultimately unable to contribute to the team throughout the season and has yet to prove his potential as the former 2nd overall draft pick. However, the Lakers have recently been a platform where struggling players have been able to play up to their potential. Perhaps a gamble on Beasley would reap dividends for the Lakers.

I however, believe that the Lakers are currently looking for a legitimate center to add to their roster. They worked out three big men in Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel Orton.

Orton is a bit undersized, while Pittman has had played in the league for 5 years with little to show for it. If the Lakers are to add a player to their front court out, I would choose Greg Stiemsma. Stiemsma is a pretty good rim protector and the Lakers may need another center with size to support Robert Sacre.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): With 13 players, the Lakers roster is pretty much set. However, there are still needs on this roster and they should be filled if possible.

The small forward position is definitely a weak position, and Michael Beaasley has been worked out, but I don’t think he provides what the Lakers need from that position. He’s a minus defender, and an average shooter.

In my opinion, anyone the Lakers bring in should either be a lockdown defender, three-point shooter, or a rim protector. Of the people the Lakers worked out, Greg Stiemsma or Toney Douglas would make the most sense.

Douglas would provide an extra ball-handler and a feisty perimeter defender. He is also capable of lighting it up from deep. But ultimately I would choose Stiemsma if the Lakers had to add one more player. He is relatively athletic and is a great shot blocker. The Lakers don’t have a single great rim protector on the roster. He would bring something the Lakers don’t have, making him an ideal addition.

Kevin Chan (@Kevin_Cruiser): The Lakers are a bit thin at small forward – Wesley Johnson is the only true player at the position. Nick Young and Kobe may play some small forward as well if the Lakers decide to go small. The front office is aware of this depth issue and has worked out a few players including Michael Beasley in the past few weeks.

I’m not a huge fan of Beasley and don’t really think he has much upside. Reportedly the Heat had no interest in resigning Beasley after the season due to his inconsistencies and deficiencies on defense. Beasley is known to be a minus defender and it’s mainly due to lack of effort rather than lack of ability.

Instead I’d like the Lakers to pursue Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is still a free agent. They should be able to sign him for the veteran’s minimum which is all the Lakers have left to sign additional players.

CDR attended training camp with the Lakers two years ago and actually earned some respect from Kobe for his tenacity and fire. According to CDR, he dueled Kobe in one-on-one and refused to back down.

Douglas-Roberts is a hard working player who has bounced around the league. He’s a jack of all trades and is not afraid to do the dirty work. I like to think of him as a poor man’s Shawn Marion. Hopefully the Lakers front office can give CDR a chance at small forward.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Center is the biggest need

    • joshhh

      steimsma

      • Daryl Peek

        Would be a decent addition. Could be a Todd MacCulloch type playing for B. Scott.

        • joshhh

          theres no one else hes the best big available. these r the only players I would sign. earl clark, chris douglas Roberts, steimsma and toney douglas that’s it everyone else get out not worth it

          • Computer Networking

            In the article they said the lakers could sign 2. Steimsma and beasley are my choices. Steimsma is self explanatory. Big with shot blocking abilities. Beasley because he would give the lakers another person in the starting lineup who could create his own shot. It’s up to b. Scott to make him more defensive.

          • heff

            If the Lakers want to win now they neeeeedd Hibbard from the pacers!!!!! they need to retire Nash trade Hill and Sacre plus two draft pics with plenty of room for Beasley

          • TheXboxJunky

            …you are joking right?

          • PV Mike

            Ryan Hollins

          • jimdn

            Hassan Whiteside, dude is a beast on defense.

          • evan m truitt

            As much as I like the idea of Hollins…from Pasadena/Altadena known his dad since our elementary school days he has no outside shot. Should be Beasley & Steimsma

          • joshhh

            hahaaaaaa

          • Daryl Peek

            Oakafor would be the best but he’s projected to be out til mid season I believe?

    • They call me Pringles

      An extra point guard would be nice in case Nash gets injured again, we would only have Lin & Clarkson. I don’t know if we need a traditional center in the Western Conference. We got rebounders in Hill and we got Sacre as our tallest player. Davis is a shot blocker. I don’t know if coach Scott will put Randle in as a small forward someday judging his play in summer league. Kelly was soft last year, I hope he toughens up and play like a true big man and get some freakin’ rebounds.

      • cj

        agreed i would go after sesh and beasly. they are combo players that can play two positions. we have no need for another big that wont play.

        • stucktrader

          I’m over Sessions… if that is who you’re talking about…

          Beasley’s combination of size and quickness should bring him to LAL… 6’10… 235-240 lbs…

          Versatile… but hopefully he can play D…

          • cj

            yes im talking about sessions. and he is a better pg at this point then clarkson or nash

      • Adesuwa Brittany Iyasere

        Kelly wasnt soft. He had big defense plays and was probably the only consistent player on that roster besides Hill and Gasol. Sacre cant rebound and is a terrible defender because he’s slow and has a poor iq. With that being said he also misses practices looks. We do need a traditional center though

    • Pedro

      I agree that we need a center, but today in the league there are only a few good players at that position and they are all under (a BIG) contract, so the lakers don’t have the cap to get one this season. Players like steimsma are ok, but i think that those kind of players won’t make a difference in this year attempt to reach the playoffs. With that said i think that we should get another player to the small foward position and Beasley is a good option. He give us something that we don’t have with Henry and Jonhson and this year could be a kind of “try out” year for him: if he has a good season we should resign him next season, if he don’t good bye and thanks for trying out.

      • Daryl Peek

        I’m not against Beasley, especially as a focused young talent but you must understand we can absolutely thrive without him. With Henry, Johnson and Young we don’t need a SF. His offensive output would be a plus but not necessary with Kobe & Boozer clicking. Young would be the man off the bench offensively and we absolutely need Johnson’s defensive versatility on the court. Getting Beasley could hamper the development of players like Henry, Johnson, and even Randle & Kelly. Lets not forget we need to develop Clarkson who will be more likely to get time at SG then PG if Nash can contribute.

        • cj

          x and young are not true sfs the lack the size to defend the sf most of the time. we need a pg and sf a lot more the we need a 4th center

          • Daryl Peek

            X and young not only have the size to play SF but the strength. Beasley is an over sized SF at 6’10″. KD is a freak of nature. So too is LBJ & Melo who lost weight to better fit as a SF’s. Hill is not a true center and struggled defending the better centers when he was played there. Davis, I can’t say much about him as a center as he’s just that, unproven. Sacre is at best a third rotational center on roster. We need a true center badly! The PG and wing positions are loaded if Nash can contribute as stated earlier.

          • cj

            no we dont need a true center hill does fine vs the 5 teams in the nba with “true centers”.

            young is 6-7 which is fine at the sf but he is to weak and gets overpowered vs better sf’s.

            x is 6-5 he is 2-4 inches shorter then 90% of nba sf’s and he is weaker too.

            young can play sf x cant hes to small if he gets alot of pt at sf its going to be a lonnnnnnnnnggggggg season

          • Daryl Peek

            ?!? X is 6’6″ and weighs in at 220 lbs. X is extremely athletic and is anything but weak. Young is never gonna be a defensive stalwart but actually made some huge strides last season in that area. Again, not every team has a KD or Melo at SF and they are focused on losing weight this season.

          • cj

            only 11 out of the 30 nba teams have true centers. that is to little a number to go out and sign a 4th player that can play center when they would only be needed in like 25 games. davis and hill are combo players who fit better as centers in the nba then pf’s and scare is a true center. we dont need a 4th big that can only play center. on the other hand we have 1 player on our roster that could be looked at as a normal sf and thats wes jhonson. the average nba sf is in between 6-8-6-10 230+ lb so again x is 2 to 4 inches shorter and at least 10 lbs lighter. nick at least is close to 6-8 but even young is considered a better 2 guard then a small forward. hell even durrant is 20 lbs bigger and 3-4 inches taller the x. x is a sg that can play sf not a sf that can play sg there is a major diffrence.

          • Daryl Peek

            You contend we don’t have a true SF, on a team loaded with wings players but ignore not having a true center? Hill is not an 82 game starting center. He ran into injury and fatigue issues playing PF for 60+ games last season. Davis is a PF and is unproven at that. No way we can be comfortable with Sacre as our starting C! Keep in mind B. Scott always has had true centers on teams he’s coached. It’s part of his style.

          • cj

            u seam to not understand that the nba is devoid of true centers but it has a ton of true sf the lakers can win with hill and davis at our center we are not going to win a lot of games with wes as our sf. look at okc they win games with perkins as their starting center he is worse the kawme brown yet they still win because they are great at the pg and sf the most important positions in the nba currently.

          • Daryl Peek

            “Perkins as their starting center he is worse the kawme brown?”
            I can’t believe you even said that?! Brown can only dream of being as good defensively as Perk. The Celtics had a huge void minus Perkins defensively and OKC is better with a healthy Perkins. 2.5 blocks from Davis and Hill is wishful thinking.

          • cj

            no its not wishful thinking daivs gets 1 block per 15 mins hill gets 1 block per 20 u do the math.

            And ur right boston perkins was a great defender but now he cant guard anyone. if okc can make a wcf with perkins as their starting center we can make the playoffs with hill.

          • nlruizjr

            your either joking or you just don’t know what you are talking about, plus the fact that the other team’s SF has to play and stop young, which is very difficult to do, just ask LBJ and Henry to weak, please !!!!!!!

          • cj

            young is not a true sf and x is to weak he is giving up 2-4 inches and 10+ pounds to every sf he guards

          • Adesuwa Brittany Iyasere

            none of our centers are true centers, they’re true pf’s and Beasley is just an offensive output like Young and Henry, except those two can somewhat play D

          • cj

            only 11 out of the 30 nba teams have true centers. that is to little a number to go out and sign a 4th player that can play center when they would only be needed in like 25 games. davis and hill are combo players who fit better as centers in the nba then pf’s and scare is a true center. we dont need a 4th big that can only play center.

        • 1mtoldman

          i agree. actually i dont see the need for the lakers to add anything. anything out there is leftovers or they would’nt still be out there. all the players here now seem compatible and no head cases. lots of young players with some veteran experience to lead. and not nearly as bad a team as predictors are saying. to drag in extra dubious addtions mite just slow down development for future.

          • cj

            we have a roster with 3 older players at major places. we need depth to lessen the effect injurys have on us.

          • jim2

            Beasley would be a great addition. Sometimes it takes a while for a player like him to develop in the NBA. He now realizes that he can no longer fake it and is going to learn to play D under Scott. I don’t see anything great on the Lakers other than aging overpaid has beens. Beasley will have to prove himself and he knows it.

          • Daryl Peek

            He’s known that for a few years now. I applaud your hope in him but your statement is too presumptive.

          • cj

            kobe if health can still be a top 10 nba player. boozer, hill, lin, nash, randel can all be top 100 players if healthy ints not like the lakers are devoid of talent they just dont have the big big names so the media wont hype us.

    • cj

      no its not we have three players that can play center. we have hill and davis who are in between 6-10 and 6-11. howard, perkins, horford, jefferson, noah, bosh, sanders, noel, plumlee, cousins, splitter, valanciunas, kanter, and gortat are all listed in the 6-10 to 6-11 range thats 15 of the 30 nba teams that start centers at around our hight.

      we dont need a center.we need another sf and another combo guard.

      • 1mtoldman

        it is true the “true center” doesn’t really exist much in the nba anymore its small ball and speed. i think a true center might not fit with the lakers lineup slow it down.

        • cj

          ahhhhhhh that’s not really true either. we are going to be a slower team this season so a true center would be fine. i just dont see us geting rid of any of our current bigs and we dont need a 4 center

        • jim2

          This is idiocy. Wilt Chamberlain played with Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston and Jimmy McMillan. They were an excellent team. Magic and Kareem. Shaq and Kobe. Gasol and Kobe. Nothing in basketball is better than a great center. Kobe can not win without a good center.

      • jim2

        Hill is the only Laker playing center who is worth spit. I can’t recall a Laker team that when to the finals without a good center. Think about it. Shaq, Kareem, Wilt. These were all good teams. Tell me when the Lakers have had a great team without a great center. If you are not going to have a great center, at least start bring in talent like Beasley to build up so when the great players are available, they are not looking at the Lakers and saying I don’t want to play for losers with aging superstars that throw bricks rather than pass to a team mate.

        • cj

          hill and daivs average around the same per36 numbers and you proved my point. the lakers are not going to add a great center this offseason but we can add solid other parts like beas and sesseions to a solid roster make a push for the playoffs and then go after a top lvl center like marc gasol next year, adding another center on to a roster with 3 players allredy ahead of him helps us none this season

          • Daryl Peek

            What you fail to realize is how vulnerable your take leaves the Lakers front court defensively. Both Davis and Hill are not natural rim protectors in blocking shots. With Boozer starting at PF you need a better defensive center. This is why Carlos thrived with Noah, a great defender. Adding a player like Okafor or trading Hill for Larry Sanders would be the best bet for this roster.

          • cj

            adding okafor does nothing for us. he wont play tell jan or feb and we dont know if he can still block shots. we do know hill and davis will bock 2.5+ shots pergame we dont need another center

  • joshhh

    i agree wit the ones that r saying don’t sign Beasley hes a minus defender that’s something were lacking the team has average defenders noo lockdown so that something they should be looking not talent wise if they play defense. the only 2 players I would take at sf is earl clark and chris douglas Roberts and for the 5 I agree greg steimsma would be the best choice injury free athletic good sshot blocker and most important nba experience

    • cj

      beas can play defense he just take it off alot like harden. at least with him you know he can score earl failed hard as a cav last year on both sides of the ball.

  • Monkeylol

    I don’t believe the team should gamble anymore than they already have; defense is a mindset that is usually evident in a players movement in any sport.

    • stucktrader

      Blatche needs someone to push his buttons to keep his head in the game…

      He can be dominant…

  • devin24

    Juss sign Beasley dam wats the hold up if he gets mins he will b productive guaranteed…sounds like to me the Lakers fo is the one smokin somethin

    • Computer Networking

      I agree

    • stucktrader

      Starting 5…
      Lin, Kobe, Beasley, Boozer/Randle, J. Hill

      I prefer a defensive 5 of:
      Clarkson, Kobe, Beasley, Randle, J.Hill
      -points would not be a problem…
      Clarkson can get to the hole…
      Kobe is Kobe
      Beasley just has to shoot 3′s
      Randle post and rebound
      J. Hill to get the garbage points off rebounds…

      • vdogg

        sign beaz but don’t start him. you need wes to take the other teams’ best offensive player. besides, the threat of having wes catching lobs from lin will keep defenses honest.

        starters : lin, kobe, wes, randle*, davis*

        bench : nash, nick, beaz, booz, hill

        sprinkle in some henry, kelly, sacre and clarkson

        * i think julius randle and ed davis are going to be the starters when the dust settles.

        • stucktrader

          I like Randle eventually over Boozer for his quickness and rebounding…

          I like Davis as a rim protector > J.Hill… however, he lacks the bulk to go up against bigger 5s…

          This still bugs me… but it would have been awesome to have the following:
          Lin, Stephenson, Kobe, Randle, Davis
          that is only if they didnt spend that 9 Mil on J.Hill… and spent it on Lance…

          I like the bench:
          Clarkson, Henry, Young, Boozer, Sacre
          -but i see how Nash would better run the team than Clarkson.

  • Aaron Grigsby

    The Lakers should sign beasley immediately. He’s better than any small forward on the roster. He can take some pressure off kobe offensively and byron Scott can help beasley defensively. Let’s get it done mitch!

    • rayg0838

      Kobe?, Kbe who???…You mean Ball-Hog Bryant??Take the pressure off Kobe, what pressure??, you mean the pressure on his head from balls being bounced off it when he tries to drive to the rim?? that will last only for a short period of time before he bails and returns to assistant coach, and Rah, Rah boy……Just a Thought!!!

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    • http://yahoo.com rupertps

      I watched Beasley at Minnesota. For a guy with such talent, he is an emotional train wreck, and I believe a coach’s nightmare. Every day something different from him, and a lot of it not good.
      Aaron, you have Byron Scott helping Beasley on defense? I know it isn’t what you mean, but would be great if it were true. Maybe bring back Cooper too.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Michael Beasley is the only name on the free agency board worth the ink on the pen to sign.NBA DRAFT NET gave Michael Beasley a 103 rating and Kevin Durant a 104 rating coming out of college that’s what kind of talent Beasley has.But other than that i thought he played good for Miami under lots of pressure and in a limited role and limited minutes.

    He really provided some good moments for the Heat.He fell out of the rotation for some odd reason during the playoffs.Just based off the potential he has to be a all star and the all star talent he has just that alone is worth it for me.

    I know he has underachieved in the NBA and he has been a big disappointment thus far but i say maybe with the Lakers and Coach Byron Scott and veterans like Kobe and Nash+Boozer he will finally pull his head out of his ass and become something.The Goat in the farm even can be taught to behave so can Michael Beasley IMO.If he messes up then we deal with it.

    • Realistic Laker Fan

      Beasely isn’t going to reach that potential he had once a upon a time, he is nothing more then a scorer who can’t defend,rebound, or pass but whatever give him a shot I guess.

      • Daniel Bogarin

        You do realize rebounding is one of the things beasley is known for right? Sware people gotta watch before they criticize and talk

    • cj

      seshions is a good player as well.

    • jim2

      I agree!!

    • Tera Patric

      Michael Beasley is only a name. He may sound good on paper but the EFFORT ain’t there even if the ability is. For a team that just lost LBJ, wouldn’t the Heat be more concerned about re-signing him than just letting him waver out there?
      Regardless of what rating the NBA DRAFT NET gave him, it doesn’t mean he will live up to that potential like Durant. We all know ratings and forecasts don’t add up to much nowadays. Beasley hasn’t performed consistently enough over his career nor shown the initiative or work ethic to warrant such high praises. He is still young enough to turn it around but don’t say he is more worthy than other remaining players (who bust their ass to perform consistently to earn the respect of their teammates). Face it, you fell for they hype just because of his career in college. You could say the same thing about Harold “Baby Jordan” Miner who coincidently was drafted by the Heat back in the 90s.
      If you consider how the former Big 3 in Miami and the legend of Riley couldn’t get him to step up his game, wouldn’t you think Kobe will eat him alive? Not to mention, factor in Byron Scott as a noted disciplinarian, tough guy kind of a coach and you could see how this could end up from a mile away. His potential like you mentioned is intriguing but the red flags are there and thus the restraint from the Lakers.

      If he was somewhat valuable or useful as you claimed, wouldn’t he be used more in the playoffs rather than being out of the rotation? That alone should explain his contribution (or lack of) and value to a team lacking of size and depth.

  • jay

    Zoran Dragic is a player the Lakers FO should look at (Dragic’s brother).

    • Monkeylol

      The “Lionheart” hmm; I like it…

      • rayg0838

        Anything works for the FAKERS today, just try it all, nothing to lose, last placeis waiting again, right FAKER Fans?…Just a Thought!!!

        • stucktrader

          As a Laker guy… the fact they didnt get a guy like Stephenson, when they could have paid for him instead of throwing that money @J. Hill tells me…

          They are just keeping the fans interested… Kobe passing MJ for #3 scoring all time… and being a ‘threat’ to make it to the playoffs…

          Who knows what will happen before the end of the free agency period… unless another surprise trade goes to the Lakers… it seems they are in the Lottery again…

          Hopefully… Lin, Beasley, Clarkson, Randle all surprise us…

        • Harley Knoxxs

          The only fakers are the Clippers. 0 titles second round exit.
          P.S. Will you still rout for them when they become the Seattle Super Clippers? Just a thought you treasure troll.

    • 1mtoldman

      dragic brothers and gasol brothers are interesting combos in fiba. dominated their opponents in day 1.

      • rayg0838

        And that has what to do with the FAKERS, or am I missing a point of nothing said, therefore nothing said, Right Moldman ?…Just a Thought!!

      • stucktrader

        Spain will lose to US… if Rose and AD stays healthy… No one can really match up against those guys…

  • Nigel

    Definitely, they should sign two more players. Why is this even a question? Robert Sacre had to play with six fouls last season because the bench was hurt and the Lakers had only four players left.

    • rayg0838

      And the two players are…………….the next D-Leaguer or NBA cast off available….Right Faker Fans?….Just a Thought!!!

    • jim2

      The FO will make money even if they pay two aging super stars big bucks and get nothing for it. It is now about the money and winning does not count. Otherwise they would take their chances on Beasley. If the Lakers hired Jerry West as a consultant and listened to him, they would be back in contention within 5 years.

  • Fate Hagood

    Sign Beasley and Okafor. Beasleys biggest problem is being a knucklehead. The boy can flat out play though. If B. Scott and Kobe can get under his skin like Phil and Kobe did Ron Ron, maybe he can give us 12 – 7 – 3 a night. That would make his defensive lapses negligible. As long as he’s not missing assignments. Okafor can’t play till December/Januaru anyway. So having him in reserve is insurance. If either pan out the front office looks like geniuses. If they both bust, guys like Orton are always available…

    • cj

      because we dont need another center

    • rayg0838

      Being a knucklehead??? That would fit in perfectly with the current Faker Roster. Carlos Boozer will be totally surprised with thea L.A. FAKER team that he is now playing for this season. What a wake-up call it will be, playing with a bunch of D-League amateur school yard jocks. A far cry from the other teams he was used to playing with during his career, no matter how bad they may have been, none were as pathetic as the one he will be paid to play with now, for how long, only his patience will tell him enough is enough, I’m outta here…..Just a Thought!!!

      • stucktrader

        one year… besides… Randle is already better than Boozer.

  • RobnHdz

    We need a center and Bynum is running around LA doing nothing, I’m sure B. Scott can make him to work!

    • Joe Haeberle

      Bynum is a bad choice. His knees are done. He is washed up. I wouldn’t waste money on the guy.

    • cj

      we dont need a center we have three on the roster

      • Daryl Peek

        There’s a reason Sacre is the only true center listed on roster. Hill and Davis are tweeners and not true centers. They lack the size of true centers. Hill is 235 and If I’m correct Davis is about the same. Most centers are 250 and up. Even Gasol and Kaman were at least 250.

        • Kb24

          Unibrow is 238lbs at 6’10, d same goes for olynyk

          • Daryl Peek

            Olynyk is 7′ 238 and is not a true starting center right now as he only played about 20 minutes a game. He plays more of a stretch 4/5 and has room to fill out his frame.
            Anthony Davis is not gonna start at center with Asik on roster. Anthony is much longer and more athletic than Hill and Sacre, and is a natural shot blocker. Again, I’m not up on Ed Davis from a game film stand point therefore I wont comment on his length or athletic ability but through 4 seasons he’s not a defensive beast like Anthony and he was given decent minutes in Toronto his first three years.

        • cj

          19 of the 30 teams dont have true centers. we dont need a true center.

    • rayg0838

      Yo HDZERS….Bynum is a perfect fit for the brain-cramps on the current L.A.FAKER roster. They can be known as the L.A.FAKER’S Bynum and the Brain-Cramps.They can come out on the court in a Volkswaggon and all the FAKERS and their captain Bynum wil pile out, like at the Barnum and Bailey Circus, where the cllowns pile out of the Volkswaggon, Clowns/FAKERS no difference, still a laughing matter no matter who gets out of the midget car, Right FAKER Fans?….Just a Thought!!!

  • RobnHdz

    If Bynum could get his act together he would be a good center under B. Scott. Plus I hear he’s running around LA doing nothing, they could probably sign him for peanuts! Kobe, Bynum & Randolph…good big 3!!!!!

    • jijio

      Would be great, but i dont think he’ll sign for the minium salary

    • Kb24

      Bynum is out for season, will have a surgery (more improved tech will b used)

  • Daryl Wade

    Hahahahahahaha who cares? The Lakers have become irrelevant.

    • DDub

      Not for long, so laugh now, but it won’t last.

      • rayg0838

        Yo D,D,D,DUBYA, it will last as long as the FAKERS have rosters of D-Leaguers and NBA cast offs and a 3 stooge management team of 2 Busssssts and a cupcake…..Just a Thought!!!

        • DDub

          To all haters who want to blame the f.o. Had it not been for the cry baby owner in Cleveland and mark cuben, Michael Jordan, alone with d.stearn… Teaming up to break up that trade, no one would be saying anything..people have short memories…in no other sport does a commissioner listen to other owners to break up a trade…We all know the Lakers would have kept rolling…like I said it won’t be long…

        • DDub

          You talk a bunch of bs, what team do you rep??? You are on the laker page. So who do you cheer for???

  • Realistic Laker Fan

    The Lakers need an above average- lockdown defender or someone to help spread the floor since there isn’t to many threats from 3.

    • rayg0838

      And 5 more Professionals that know how to play the game of basketball…..Just a Thought!!!

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        GTFO here spending more time here then your sorry ass bandwangon team must be a Cavs or Spurs bandwangon you hop on JUST A THOUGHT!!!

  • Global1st

    How about Andre Blatche?

    • 1mtoldman

      blatche was #2 scorer in day 1 of fiba behind pau’s 33 (28) but not really the “big man” or sf which supposedly are what lakers are looking for. i dont think hes really a “true center” is he? even tho 6 11. seems would fall into that inbetween pf category that is already clogged. also: has a lot of past history of off court “incidents” and only 1 time in 9 years has he played starter minutes. tho he did do reasonably well that 1 time. otherwise seems like not really an improvement on what is already here. also already 28 and 9 years 8 of which as a marginal player in the league.

    • rayg0838

      Yo Glowballs….How about Wilt Chamberlain, or Bill Russel, or George Mikan, or better yet the Stiltman in the circus or maybe anybody, right?….Just a Thought!!!

  • evan m truitt

    Sacre can be faced up & shot on. Doesn’t make opponents fear taking a shot around the rim. So if Greg can provide some shot blocking around the rim LAL need that. And for weeks I’ve lobbied for the Lakers to SIGN BEASLEY!!!! DAMNIT! So JUST DO IT ALREADY! MITCH!

    • cj

      if we could get rid of sacre then go for it but we cant so there is no need for another center

      • evan m truitt

        Check out the dudes youtube stuff and then tell me he’s not a decent back-up center. Lakers have two open roster spots & 2 needs to fill 1- SF 2- B-Up Center.

        • cj

          we have 3 players that are going to play center this season. im not saying scare is bad but he is the worst center on this roster. if the lakers want another center then they need to cut rob no team goes into the season with 4 centers

    • rayg0838

      Yeah Cupcake, just do it like NIKE, Right?Dang it Come on Cupster do your job, evan tutti fritti demands it, so get to it or TOIT will have your head, right FAKER Fan Tutti-toit?…Just a Thought!!!

  • http://yahoo.com rupertps

    I have been saying for years we need a player with Ty Lawson quickness, or at least the quickness to defend the young fast guards in the league.

    • rayg0838

      What’s wrong with Ball-Hog Bryant taking care of that defensive assignment???….Just a Thought!!!

  • Gaucho Alumni

    Definitely the Lakers need more players. Steinsma would provide backup, defense, and rebounding at the center position but with Sacre and Jordan Hill he probably would not play much. Beasley, on the other hand, is an intriguing possibility. As someone else noted when the guy has his head on straight he is a legitimate NBA scorer which is something the Lakers need. I’m not sure about his defense or if he can stay straight and avoid smoking pot as he has a history of drug violations. He is a risk but for the Lakers maybe a risk worth taking at this point.

    • cj

      this is our team as it stands.

      pg: lin, nash
      sg: kobe
      sf: wes, young
      pf: boozer, randel, kelly
      c: hill, davis, scare

      then we have two combo players in x and clarkson.

      x can play pg, sg, sf. he is 6-5 i would put him behind kobe as the back up two guard.

      clarkson can play pg or sg. he is also 6-5 i would put him at the third string 2 guard.

      this would fill out the team as such.

      pg: lin, nash
      sg: kobe, x, clarckson
      sf: wes, young
      pf: boozer, randel, kelly
      c: hill, davis, scare

      this would give us a need at pg and sf i would go sign beasly and seshions.

      pg: lin, sesh, nash
      sg: kobe, x, clarkson
      sf: beas, young, wes
      pf: booz, randel, kelly
      c: hill, davis, scare
      that is a solid team that couls compete for the playoffs.

      • rayg0838

        Yo cj….Please put your money where your delusions are coming from, FAKER Fan. I need a good LAUGH on the way to the bank, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,that is a real knee slapper, compete for the play offs?. It may be a remote possibility if 8 other teams are as bad as the FAKERS, and considering your roster, that is highly improbable, to say the least. However, how much faith do you have in your roster or is it typical FAKER Fan lip service dreamland fantasy???…..Just a Thought!!!

        • cj

          did u think phx was going to win 48 games last year when espn had them winning around 20?

          did u have portland making the playoffs when espn had them at around 40 wins???

          looking at our roster on paper your right we dont look as good as other west teams but thats why games are not played on paper.

    • rayg0838

      That guy is worth taking the risk, as long as he continues to be a pot-head. He will fit in with the rest of brain-cramps like the FAKERS were made for him. He can even smoke a little Ragweed, it is known that is also a preference around L.A.FAKERLAND, right FAKER Fans?….Just a Thought!!!

  • Truth B Told

    Listen Up…….Lakers need a True RIM PROTECTOR……Okafor if possible……Also sign Beasley already…….With $2 mil left maybe only one is possible…..Then Okafor.

    • cj

      Listen Up………. lakers dont need a True RIM PROTECTOR……. we have three above average defensive players at the center all ready.

      we need a pg/sg and a sf.

      • rayg0838

        Now there is a difference of FAKER Fan opinions. One wants big guys and the other wants little guys. That proves that FAKER Fans do not know which team is playing even though they are both watching the same team.Opinions are are to be respected. But when they are watching the same team, and having such wide differences, it appears DUMB Talk about dumbed down fans, the FAKER Fan is the most dumbed down fan in basketball. Just listen to two of them, can you imagine what 3 must think about what the FAKERS need, and they claim to be FAKER Fans watching the FAKERS play, sure could fool anyone other than a FAKER Fan….Just a Thought!!!

  • Gary K.

    The Lakers should have made a heavy play to land Greg Monroe top fill the center position, especially with Love now taken for the foreseeable future. If they pick up Beasely, they may solidify the SF position a little, but it’s a risk.

  • Daniel Bogarin

    Beasley and Blatche. …… than a December trade (lin and hill for bledsoe. ….. throw in 2nd round pick of phx don’t budge2)

    • rayg0838

      Yo Danny boy, too much Zombie Juice for you today. Try some of your dingleberry Juice oir a change, then get some sleep, not in the coffin this time, for a change. Your comment gives you away as too much of the Z Juice. It is really a terrible dead-beat delusion from FAKERLAND DREAMLAND…..Just a Thought!!!

      • Daniel Bogarin

        You’re on a Lakers nation page and talking smack about the Lakers. ….. you must have real low self esteem issues. ….. out of here with your lonely troll self =)

      • Daniel Bogarin

        you must have really low self esteem to come on a lakersnation article and call the team fakerland……what low cowardly scum you are…………..just think of how sad your life is, posting dumb comments on articles just for attention…. worthless little troll

  • stucktrader

    Wish the Lakers bought the rights to another Center this past year during the draft…
    They could have at least gotten two 2nd round picks for Pau… Ultimately, that didnt happen…

    Those picks were very much needed this year…

    The hope at one point was Embiid, but that ship has sailed… Getting him would have meant the Lakers spending $ on Stephenson instead of J. Hill…

    The Front Office hopefully has learned to move on a bit quicker…

  • Kb24

    SF and C needs to improve, trade in mid january(hill,nash,kelly,future first for a DC or hibbert and ind 2015 pick) beasley and wes at the 3

    LIN,jc,x
    BRYANT,Y
    wes,beas (beas better off the bench coz wes complement kobe with D)
    booz,randle(off the bench but will have more minutes than booz)
    DC,davis,sac

    Swag,beas,randle davis and jc/x wil he our bench mob thats deep(prob top 5 bench scoring) and we can have KOBE AS THE BEST SG IN THE NBA NOT HARDEN and DC BEST DENTER NOT COWARD…best sg and best c in one team means one thing….lCHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS(younger than spurs but almost as d same depth) though spurs have what WE NEED….CHEMISTRY

  • gordy

    The Lakers have great opportunity pick
    up Carlos Defino @ small forward or shooting guard for nothing if they wait a
    week. Then there are two ways go: (1) Pick-up Jermaine O’Neil for
    veterans minimum and very competitive team, (2) Go for it and make a three way
    deal with Suns for Bledsole (Nash, Hill, Ryan ?, Johnson?, Henry, and a draft
    pick) then trade him to Detroit for Greg Monroe and have a team that is top
    competitor.

  • kiko

    LA Lakers Should consider sign to Delfino and Radujica and rip Richard Hamilton and waive sacre please :)

  • Burt

    Lakers going into this season with Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin and Kobe playing frontcourt. Where the beef?

    Best case scenario is to try to get Nick Johnson from the Rocket and wait until 2015 to draft a SG and PF/center from your lottery picks that can score.
    Harden one day will be around.

    Asik will be around after ths season..He will be available for dirt cheap lol
    Just don’t screw up and pay him 15 million

  • Mitch

    I gotta give the Lakers management credit. They’ve built what many think is a team that can compete or “surprise” but it’s still one that will be a bottom feeder in the west. None of the starters or players (aside from Kobe & maybe Nash) would be a starter on any playoff team in the west. But it helps their fanbase believe while also allowing the team to rebuild.
    But if they want to have any chance, they would sign Beasley & Steisma. If you have starters of Nash(Lin), Kobe, Johnson, Boozer, & Hill to go with a bench of Lin(Nash), Young, Beasley, Randle, Steismsa you’re bench would be your strong point. Since across every team the talent dips a bit going to the bench, defense wouldn’t be as much of an issue, and that bench lineup would put points on the board. I’m not a Laker fan, but if they wanna have a chance, that’s what they would do.

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  • Mark Cappellanti

    Beasley and Raduljica.

  • Mark

    Wing help since it will be exposed if not addressed.Sign Michael Beasley.

  • Joe Mc Geehand

    The biggest need of the Lakers is the subtraction of Kobie,the washed up Bum needs to go

    • vdogg

      ok, i’ll bite.. who is “Kobie”?

  • Jazzsamba

    I’m looking at names mentioned here and I’m asking myself, ‘has it gone this bad for the Lakers’? I guess it has. I look at that defense and I cringe even thinking about it.

  • James North

    Whoever they bring on, make sure one of them is NOT Bynum.

  • tewo24

    Lakers should pick-up Michael Beasley, Greg Monroe, and Rajon Rondo.

    • vdogg

      screw rondo.

  • Jervis Fitzgerald

    SIGN HIM!..give him a JOINT,,and I bet he will PLAY GOOD!

  • TheZuluNation

    Almost forgot about CDR. He would be a better fit than Beasley now that I think about it. Better defender and gives better effort on offense and defense. Not the best scorer in the world but that’s ok IMO.

  • Doug Carter

    Lakers quit stalling and sign Steimsma and Beasley, and lets get going on a successful season and a playoff run that will shut them all up, GO PURPLE AND GOLD.

  • Luis

    LA Lakers Trade Rumors, News 2014: Looking at Michael Beasley to Fill Center Forward
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    LA Lakers Trade Rumors, News 2014: Looking at Michael Beasley to Fill Center Forward

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  • Luis

    Lakers want to use Michael Beasley as a Center?Well he is a much better big man than people think.He dominated in College as a inside force playing center and forward.Beastley won the best big man award before in his younger days.And he was a double double machine in college.Yea center is a big need and Beasley if he bulks up can be a dangerous unguardable center in the new Euro based NBA.

  • YolandoQuiocho

    blatche best pick…watch his play with Gilas against FIBA opposition…

  • Tom Johns

    What do you think of Andray Blatche for center? He’s doing well internationally now. He has game when he shows up. Also 6’11” and 260 lbs.

  • william

    ogafar

  • Tera Patric

    All you Beasley fans are so vulnerable to hype. You make him out to be some can’t fail and proven stud. Let’s call it for what it really is. Beasley has great potential, talent and skill wise but until he utilizes it effectively and get his act together, he is but just potential only. 3 teams have tried to harness that potential, 4 if you consider his second go-round with the Heat. If that doesn’t sound any alarms then you all must be as high and smoking the same thing he is. Let him prove himself consistently first before anointing him as a can’t miss free-agent prospect.

  • Jose

    Sign Michael Beasley and call it a day.

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