Although LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have played well through 28 games of the 2018-19 NBA season, they are still looking to add another piece.
After adding Tyson Chandler earlier in the season, the Lakers saw noticeable improvements on the defensive end. However, the Lakers still have some minor holes to fill if they want to make a serious push in the playoffs.
The team as of now lacks a spot up three-point shooter who can defend along the perimeter on the other end. While Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has done a decent job of filling that role, consistency on both ends has been an issue for him in the past.
As a result, the Lakers are reportedly interested in a couple of former Lakers as well as another three-point shooter, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News:
“Among them, a source told Sporting News, is another former Laker — Heat guard Wayne Ellington, a 3-point specialist who would help LA’s struggles from the 3-point arc. Ellington is on a one-year deal with the Heat, and he has the right to veto a trade.
Another target is Magic forward Terrence Ross, but with the 27-year-old averaging 14.1 points on a career-best 56.8 true shooting percentage, his value might be out of the Lakers’ range.”
Wayne Ellington played with Los Angeles during the 2014-15 season in which he averaged a modest 10.0 points per game. While he might not be the best defender, he has proven to be a reliable shooter throughout his ten seasons in the league.
Along with Ellington, the Lakers are interested in Trevor Ariza and Terrence Ross. Ariza, who played for them from the 2007-09 seasons and won one championship, is a 3-and-D player who can do exactly what the team is looking for on both ends.
Ross is the most unlikely target as he is having a great season for the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles might be reluctant to give up any major pieces to acquire him. Nonetheless, the Lakers will have to wait until Dec. 15 when players like Ariza who signed their deals in this past free agency can finally be traded.