It didn't take long for the Lakers to add free agents around LeBron James. As soon as his agency announced that he's moving to Los Angeles, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reportedly joined the team on one-year deals.
The Lakers probably aren't done scouring the market for free agents either. They're still thin at center and in need of 3-point shooters who can space the floor for LeBron.
From Wayne Ellington to Montrezl Harrell, here are five free agents they should consider.
Now that JJ Redick has re-signed with the 76ers and Paul George has returned to Oklahoma City, Wayne Ellington is the best shooter remaining in free agency.
The Lakers already have a number of shooters on their roster, but Ellington would be the most accomplished of the group. He made the sixth-most 3-pointers in the league in 2017-18 and set an NBA record for 3-pointers made in a single season by a reserve. Putting someone who scores as frequently and efficiently as Ellington does on spot-ups, off of screens and handoffs next to LeBron would be dynamite.
It helps that Ellington has experience playing alongside a point forward in James Johnson, who assisted the sharpshooter more than anyone else on the Heat last season.
Ellington has played for the Lakers before, too. He averaged 10.0 points and drained 1.4 3-pointers per game with the franchise in 2014-15, the best season of his career before he became a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in Miami.
Perhaps he'd be interested in returning to Los Angeles for an opportunity to compete for a title next to LeBron.
Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute ticks two boxes for the Lakers. Not only is he an elite defender who has the length to switch all five positions - Houston's offense improved by a whopping 4.3 points per 100 possessions with him on the court last season - the veteran is a capable 3-point shooter. More than half of his field goal attempts were catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in 2017-18 and he made 35.0 percent of those opportunities.
Working in Mbah a Moute's favor is he has spent the last few seasons playing alongside Chris Paul and James Harden. Going from them to LeBron, who dominates the ball as much as Paul did in Los Angeles and Harden does in Houston, shouldn't be much of an adjustment for him.
With Tyreke Evans no longer on the board, the Lakers could turn to a LeBron James favorite in Shabazz Napier to give them another ball handler and shooter in the backcourt.
My favorite player in the draft! #Napier- LeBron James (@KingJames) June 27, 2014
Napier struggled to find his footing with the Heat as a rookie and the Magic as a sophomore but proved to be a solid backup point guard with the Blazers last season. He was at his best in the lead-up to the All-Star Game, with averages of 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and 40.3 percent shooting from the perimeter.
Napier's ability to space the floor as a shooter - 44.9 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts - and create his own shot from midrange - 45.6 percent on 2-point pull-up attempts - give him the tools to play both guard positions.
One option at center for the Lakers is Clint Capela, although he is a restricted free agent this summer, not an unrestricted one like DeMarcus Cousins was, so the Rockets will have an opportunity to match any contract he signs.
Even so, the Lakers would be smart to throw an offer sheet his way if they are determined to move forward with the team they currently have because Capela is on the same development timeline as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. If the addition of Capela doesn't turn Los Angeles into a title contender next season, it would give them one of the brightest futures in the league with the benefit of them having LeBron leading the way.
Add another shooter to the mix - Wayne Ellington? - and LeBron would have everything he needs to build something special: a secondary playmaker in Ball, a secondary scorer in Ingram, a stretch four in Kuzma and a pick-and-roll partner in Capela. The Lakers would just have to be prepared for the Rockets to match any offer they make Capela, especially now that Houston missed out on acquiring LeBron.
Montrezl Harrell is a bundle of energy. Even though he's an undersized center at 6-foot-8, few big men run the floor as well as he does in transition and score as efficiently as he does in pick-and-rolls. He'd make for a great running-mate with Ball, who is constantly looking to push the pace following missed shots and turnovers, and make teams pay for loading up on LeBron in the halfcourt by putting pressure on defenses at the rim.
Like Capela's situation, the Clippers will have the option of matching any contract Harrell signs this offseason. Now that they've re-signed Avery Bradley to a two-year contract, though, the Lakers might be able to get the Louisville product on a team-friendly contract.
Harrell doesn't bring as much upside as Capela - in addition to being undersized, he isn't a threat to score outside of the paint - but he'd bring some much-needed youth and depth to the center position.
Channing Frye. A former teammate of LeBron in Cleveland, Frye is a 38.7 percent shooter from 3-point range for his career.
Dwyane Wade. One of LeBron's closest friends and a former teammate in Miami and Cleveland. Wade can still make an impact off the bench, though the Lakers might be better off targeting shooters.
Brook Lopez. A volume shooter from the 3-point line who would give the Lakers the option of playing 5-out. Lopez is also a threat to score in the post.
Isaiah Thomas. Looked more like himself in the second half of last season, but would Thomas be interested in playing with LeBron again?
Kyle O'Quinn. A 6-foot-10 center who can do a little bit of everything. Could be a cheap option if the Lakers strike out on Capela and Harrell in restricted free agency.
Jabari Parker. A restricted free agent, Parker is a versatile scorer who can play both forward positions when healthy.
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