Lakers free agency target: Jaylen Nowell
The Los Angeles Lakers have been great at getting the most out of players. No team in the league has had as much success as the Lake Show in finding players late in the draft (or outside the draft) and turning them into impact players.
Los Angeles has also been great at taking in reclamation projects and getting the most out of them. It may not have worked with the veteran-filled roster two years ago, but guys like Malik Monk and Lonnie Walker IV are recent examples of players who turned it around in LA.
If the Lakers wanted to take a stab at another young player that has not reached his full potential (like Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes) then the team should consider Jaylen Nowell. At this point in the offseason, it is safe to say that Nowell will go for the minimum.
This is especially true considering Nowell is coming off of a really bad season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is hard to warrant much of a market as a shooting guard if you shoot 28.9% from three.
However, Nowell has proven that he can be efficient from three (39.4% the year prior) and he is extremely moldable as he is only going to be 24 during the 2023-24 season. It is not out of the realm of possibility for the Lake Show to take a flier on a young player in the hopes of turning it around.
Plus, there is an added benefit of Nowell potentially not being worth a fully-guaranteed contract, which might not be possible with Mykhailiuk. Los Angeles may be able to sign him on a partially-guaranteed deal, allowing the team to waive him in the future if a buyout target hits the market.