Most of the talk around the team centers on the point guard play, but finding a dominant player in the paint is clearly a need for this squad. With a few big names available this summer, finding help is possible, but its imperative they don’t mess with the future of the organization with a must-win-now attitude.
Rumors have hit social media in recent weeks about Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol making his way to Los Angles and a recent article by Ehran Khan of Bleacher Report has indicated that finding a center is one of the top priorities for the team this summer.
While Gasol is no youngster, at 30 years of age he still has plenty of good basketball ahead and would give the “Purple and Gold” a dynamic inside-outside combination. The former second round pick of the LA Lakers has blossomed into one of the best big men in the league and his presence in the paint is something that the team is sorely lacking.
With an average of 14 points and nearly nine rebounds per game for his career, teaming with youngster Julius Randle in 2015-16 could give this squad one of the better front courts in the Western Conference.
The front office also has the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft and the latest mock from USA Today has point guard Emmanuel Mudiay as the likely selection, a move that would give the franchise two solid young players to build around, but also enough talent to compete in the tough Western Conference.
To say this is an important summer for the franchise is an understatement, but with the right moves, it could set the foundation for the future, but also create a buzz with the fans for next season.