David Aldridge has reported that head coach Byron Scott has contemplated using Kobe Bryant at small forward this season, but with some room still under the salary cap, adding a free agent makes more sense, especially with the injuries that have hit the future Hall of Fame guard in recent years.
Rumors from NBC Sports have suggested Dorell Wright won’t be returning to Portland for the upcoming basketball season and a move to Southern California isn’t out of the question. Wright has expressed interest in returning to his hometown, but is also looking at Miami and the LA Clippers as a possible destination.
Wright had a big decrease in numbers in his two years with the Trail Blazers, but a close look at the numbers show that a lack of playing time had more to do with his below average stats than a decrease in his skill level. The veteran was having a solid second half to the year when Wesley Mathews went down, but an injury cost the 29-year-old several games and some momentum leading into the summer.
The former first round pick has averaged over eight points and nearly four rebounds per game in his career, but those numbers where much higher when he was a starter in Golden State and with a $2.8 million exception still on the books, Wright would be a cheap, but effective alternative to Bryant switching positions.
It’s still not clear if Kupchak and company have done enough this off season to get the LA Lakers back into the NBA Playoffs, but despite not signing a big name free agent, the roster is much improved over last season and any step forward at this stage is a positive.