2. Evan Fournier
The 2019-20 season was Evan Fournier’s coming out party as a star player in the NBA. He averaged 18.5 points and 3.2 assists per game last season, while leading the Orlando Magic to the playoffs.
Fournier seems like he has been in the league forever because he entered the NBA at 20 years old after playing professionally in France for a few seasons until then. He is still only 27 years old, the same age as the Lakers star forward Davis, so he would be a good building block for the team now and in the future.
Like Harris, Fournier is a guard that can light it up from long distance, he shot 39 percent from three last season, making 173 3-pointers, by far the most in his career. Unlike Harris, Fournier is not just a shooter, he can take people off the dribble and uses his 6’6″ body to finish at the rim.
He is not known as a great defender, but he has the size and athleticism to guard multiple positions out on the perimeter. Fournier will not be the one to guard the other team’s best player or any of the shifty quicker guards around the league, but he is not a liability on that end either.
Out of the entire free agent class, Fournier could be the free agent with the most upside for the Lakers if they took a swing at signing him. Mainly because last season they were searching pretty much all year for that third scorer to step up alongside their two stars and it never happened.
The Lakers expected their young wing Kyle Kuzma to take on that role, and he took arguably took a step back last season. If Fournier was thrust into that third scoring role for the Lakers, their offense would get almost unguardable.
With the option of Fournier, LeBron, or AD to initiate the offense and take over, the Lakers would finally have that third player they can go to, to help close a game down the stretch. Fournier was the Magic’s closer late in games the past two seasons, so he would definitely not feel uncomfortable in that role.