Los Angeles Lakers free agent profile: Shaquille Harrison

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The Los Angeles Lakers are projected to have two open roster spots. We take a look at a possible target in Shaquille Harrison.

The Los Angeles Lakers sit 23 days out from the start of their 2020-21 NBA season beginning. Rob Pelinka has helped bolster the team with some key deals this offseason. Most notably trading for Dennis Schröder and luring Montrezl Harrell away from the Clippers.

They now have two open roster spots and limited room to work with. With an Anthony Davis extension still needing to be done, the team needs to look at veteran minimum candidates. They could be looking for a backup big and a ball-handler behind Schröder if LeBron is out for a few games.

The options are limited as the big names have come off the board. But there is good value there for a guy off of the bench that can play some minutes for the team. Whether that be in garbage time or on nights where Schröder or James are out or in foul trouble.

An intriguing candidate to come in would be Shaquille Harrison. He would be an excellent pickup if the Lakers are able to snag him on the veteran minimum. He only played 11.3 minutes per game last year with the Chicago Bulls but his metrics were tremendous.

Harrison shot a line of 46.7/38.1/78 and he can play both guard positions. He possesses good size at 6’7 and is very active defensively. He graded out very well with a 2.4 DBPM and 0.8 defensive win shares in limited minutes. He has a ton of energy on both ends of the floor.

He is good on the defensive end and shows spurts of being good on offense. Some people would say last year was a fluke as he struggled his first two years in the league. But on a low deal it’s worth the opportunity to see what he can do.

He won’t be asked to do a lot, he can be the second ball-handler some nights and play spot minutes. The Lakers are very deep and are just rounding out the roster now.

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Pelinka should make a call to gauge the interest.