The Los Angeles Lakers are rumored to be interested in several players beyond just superstar Anthony Davis, including a bunch of wing players.
Most of these players are sharpshooters, such as Detroit Pistons wing Reggie Bullock who would be a great fit in Los Angeles. Earlier this season, the Lakers were also rumored candidates to trade for shooters like Orlando’s Terrence Ross and Miami’s Wayne Ellington.
All three of these players make sense, but a more surprising option surfaced on Monday. Brian Windhorst mentioned that Jabari Parker could be a possibility for the Lakers, with a package likely centered around Kentavious Caldwell-Pope going to the Chicago Bulls (via ESPN):
“[KCP] is available and has been floated out there for some spots. One place that they have talked to, now I’m not saying this deal is going to get done, but one place they have talked to is Chicago for Jabari Parker. And the thing about this is Caldwell-Pope has to approve of a trade… I’m not sure that’s going to get done, but that’s been discussed. The Bulls really like Caldwell-Pope… Parker could be a Laker within the next few days. Jabari is a polarizing player, but he might be interesting on the Lakers.”
Parker, 23, has played in 183 of 410 total regular season games during his five-year professional career. That means he has appeared in less than half (44.6 percent) of all possible games since he entered the NBA.
One rival executive recently told Bleacher Report that the Bulls would likely accept “anything they can get” in exchange for Parker. Chicago will try to do whatever they can to avoid buying out his $20 million contract.
Perhaps the Lakers feel the former No. 2 overall pick still has potential and would do well in their organization. However, he’s not someone who would improve the team’s shooting issues.
Parker has shot just 34.4 percent from three-point range during his career and he’s just 37-for-114 (32.5 percent) from deep this year. According to Cleaning the Glass, he ranks in the 36th percentile on three-point shots among all players at his position. He ranks in just the 22nd percentile on catch-and-shoot attempts for Chicago, per Synergy Sports.
As a buyout candidate, perhaps the Lakers would make sense as a home for the young player. But giving up an asset, especially one that could be used to land Anthony Davis or a strong shooter, doesn’t make much sense.
Especially if the Lakers are still interested in Carmelo Anthony, it would not be likely for both he and Parker to be on the same roster because they play such similar styles.