6 Conference Finals players Lakers should pursue from least to most likely

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be in the 2024 Conference Finals, but that doesn't mean they can't find a potential piece on one of the teams that is.
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2. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Minnesota Timberwolves

Few players have done more for their free agency stock this postseason than Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The 25-year-old has actually seen more playing time per game during the playoffs than he did in the regular season, due in large part to his admirable effort when Mike Conley was injured.

Alexander-Walker's offensive efficiency has plummeted in the playoffs, but the quality of play has been there for a player who has become a tremendous defender.

Standing at 6'5" and 205 pounds with a near 6'10" wingspan, Alexaner-Walker has the size and length to defend either guard position. He's also aggressive enough to switch against other positions and hold his own for brief periods of time.

Alexander-Walker is also an unselfish offensive player who has worked to become an efficient shooter, even if the postseason has not been the best example of that.

During the 2023-24 regular season, Alexander-Walker knocked down a career-high 131 three-point field goals on 39.1 percent efficiency. He willingly and successfully played off of his teammates, shooting 41.7 percent on catch-and-shoot three-point field goals.

It's entirely possible that Alexander-Walker will receive a multi-year deal, but if the Lakers successfully trade for an All-Star, a roughly $13 million, one-year contract could be enough to bring this top-tier defender to Los Angeles.