Lakers Are Taking an Extended Look At a Much-Needed Proven Defender

The Los Angeles Lakers will enter the offseason geared toward revamping the roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers‘ front office will strengthen the supporting cast with proven talent to return the franchise to NBA title contention. Los Angeles‘ offseason effort may include pursuing adding veteran defensive factor P.J. Tucker.

Lakers’ playoff shortcoming shift gears toward pivotal offseason

The Lakers are a few weeks removed from a disappointing playoff departure.

Los Angeles’ NBA title hopes became derailed by significant injuries to James and Davis and lackluster play from the supporting cast. The front office will focus on rebuilding the roster that can push the team back into championship contention.

The rumor mill has cropped up another prominent name has been added to the list of potential offseason targets.

Lakers are taking an extended look at a much-needed proven defender

The Lakers hold a busy offseason ahead, eyeing significant roster moves to guide the franchise back into title contention.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Los Angeles may be in the mix to make a strong push to sign veteran forward P.J. Tucker.

“Add the Lakers, Warriors, Nuggets, and Jazz as teams that could vie for Tucker’s services too,” Fischer wrote. “Minnesota, led of course by former Rockets executive Gersson Rosas, has coveted Tucker dating back to the 2020 Draft, sources said, and the Wolves have continued searching for frontcourt improvements.”

The Lakers’ front office reportedly eyed acquiring Tucker before this past season’s trade deadline. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks pushed through to bring him aboard, adding a key piece to the team’s deep playoff run.

Since joining the Bucks, his role has decreased, but he’s provided a strong veteran presence along with being a solid defensive asset and dependable 3-point shooter hitting 39.1% from beyond the arc in 20 regular-season games. Tucker has picked a more prominent role in the playoffs, starting 17 of the 21 games averaging 4.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Although he’s not a significant statistical contributor, he remains an invaluable piece due to his defensive versatility and 3-point shooting. The Lakers would welcome his skill set to their frontcourt to further stabilize the roster around James and Davis. His versatility would allow the team to field a defensive-minded lineup with another talent with an outside shooting presence.

Beyond that, Tucker is another viable option Los Angeles will potentially target this upcoming summer.

Plenty of offseason options lie ahead

The Lakers‘ game plan this upcoming offseason is simple: build a title contender around the star talent.

Los Angeles only possesses five players under contract through next season with James, Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Marc Gasol. It leaves several prominent players such as Dennis Schroder, Andre Drummond, Talen Horton-Tucker, Wesley Matthews, and Alex Caruso set to hit free agency.

Meanwhile, the team may explore the trade market to beef up the roster that could see Kuzma become a prominent piece. The 25-year-old will begin the first year of his three-year, $39 million extension that will pay him $13 million next season. His value around the league has decreased due to his playoff struggles, but he remains an intriguing young talent.

The Lakers will likely explore all options to fortify the roster around James and Davis through any means. The team has already been linked to Kyle Lowry, Spencer Dinwiddie, Collin Sexton, and Lonzo Ball. The list of potential roster targets will only expand as the offseason moves closer.

The front office will move forward with a game plan that best maximizes the championship window ahead.

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