EDITOR’S NOTE: Bryn Forbes, who is one of the players elaborated upon in this article, was arrested on Wednesday after this article was published for allegedly assaulting a woman. He should no longer be considered a buyout option for the Lakers due to the serious nature of the allegations.
4. Bryn Forbes, PG
The Los Angeles Lakers are extremely guard-heavy, especially when it comes to undersized guards. With that in mind, it may not seem like Bryn Forbes would be a legitimate buyout candidate for the team to pursue.
The only reason Forbes is on this list is because of his ability to shoot the basketball. While the Lakers improved their three-point shooting at the deadline, there is always more room for improvement and if all else fails, it does help to add shooting.
Forbes is having a down year from beyond the arc this season but has historically been a quality shooter in his career. Since his rookie season in 2016-17, Forbes has shot 41% from beyond the arc in 4.1 three-point shots attempted per game.
Los Angeles has also made it a habit this season of bringing former Minnesota Timberwolves and that would fit the agenda. Forbes was on the Timberwolves this season until the team waived him to make room after the Russell Westbrook trade.
If the Lakers really wanted Forbes they probably would have included him in the initial trade, hence why his ranking is lower. However, if things don’t shake out how in an ideal way, the Lakers may just take the shooting Forbes has to offer.