The Los Angeles Lakers have a hole to fill in the back court. The team’s shooting guard committee consists of players who naturally play the point guard position.
To address the problem, the Lakers can acquire Rudy Gay in a trade with the Sacramento Kings. The ten-year veteran would be a versatile scoring option for the Lakers.
Gay has a player option for the 2017-18 season. The Kings reportedly want to trade him now to avoid potentially losing him for nothing next summer.
According to Lake Show Life, the Kings might be interested in Lou Williams and Nick Young. The team needs shooters after Seth Curry and Marco Belinelli signed elsewhere in free agency.
In Tinseltown, Gay can play multiple positions for the Lakers. He can start or come off the bench as either a shooting guard or small forward.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton wants variety in his roster, and Gay would provide just that. The 6-foot-8 wingman would mean to the Lakers what Andre Iguodala means to the Golden State Warriors.
Trading for Gay at the expense of Williams and Young would be a wise move for the Lakers. If he opts out of his contract, the Lakers won’t be obliged to pay him his $14.2 million for the 2017-18 season. The extra cap space can be then used to target other big name free agents.
If his inclusion to the Lakers proves to be successful, the team could sign him to a lucrative extension. Imagine a starting lineup of D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. Brandon Ingram will come off the bench until he is ready to start for the team.
The Lakers recently signed front court players Yi Jianlian and Thomas Robinson to one-year deals, as per Roto World. Metta World Peace has also reached an agreement with the Lakers, but he will be playing on a one-year, nonguaranteed contract.