Power Ranking: Lakers Top 5 Targets for 2014

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Apr 29, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) during the second quarter of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

4. Luol Deng

 

Speaking of possible small forward options, none might fit better than Luol Deng. Deng is a do-it-all type of player who’s an absolute work-horse. Deng’s 38.7 minutes per game last year was the first in the NBA, just ahead of Kobe Bryant’s 38.6 minutes a game. On the Lakers, Deng would bring a defensive presence to the Lakers that not even MWP could bring. Deng is a perfect mix of Trevor Ariza and MWP, but easily better than both.

 

Deng could also help the Lakers if they’re committed to Mike D’Antoni past next summer. At 6’8 and 220 pounds, Deng could be the perfect stretch four in a MDA offense. While he could probably only play the position in spurts, it’s still an intriguing prospect. Personally, I’d be a big fan of Deng signing with LA, and I think he’s a very reasonable target.

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Tags: 2014 Carmelo Anthony Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Free Agent Lebron James Los Angeles Lakers Luol Deng NBA Paul George Rudy Gay Top 5 Zach Randolph

  • Pimptastic

    Would take Gay over Deng and Bosh and possibly even Carmello as I’m not sure how a Kobe/Carmello dynamic could work for a full season. I think that Gay could put up similar numbers ON THIS TEAM without the ‘Alpha Dog’ mentality that Anthony would, very likely, bring with him.

  • Jim213

    It’s more likely to observe Melo as a Laker than LJ given the friendship. However, Bosh hasn’t earned max pay given his play with the Heat though he’ll likely obtain it. IMO, the Lakers should focus on acquiring one of the top 2 players on the list and either trade for a future PG or wait until 2015 FA given some of the potential suitors.