The Lakers’ bench took a huge hit when Avery Bradley came forward and announced he'd be sitting out the rest of the resumed NBA season. The Lakers are now looking to the free agent market to fill in his place (and are hoping Dwight Howard reevaluates his rumblings, too). JR Smith’s name has been linked to LA’s roster for a while now, but there are other options the Lake Show should consider. Here are a few of them.
3. Gerald Green
The former high-flying Green made a pivot in his game during his time in Houston to become more of a 3-and-D player. Green missed a lot of the 2019-20 season with a foot injury, but was expected to make a full recovery by April. If Green is healthy, he can provide some shooting and defending of multiple positions. With LA already having a few other wing players, the team can work Green in slowly.
2. Allen Crabbe
Crabbe is not much of a defender, but his shooting was his meal ticket that allowed him to be productive in the league. A 38% shooter from deep for his career, Crabbe can provide the spark off the bench LA has been missing all season. With Crabbe’s range and 6-5 frame, he is a viable option for LA to look at picking up during the transaction window.
1. Jamal Crawford
Crawford does everything JR does, but with a quiet assassin demeanor, rather than Smith's rambunctiousness. The last time Crawford was on an NBA floor, he scored 51 points in 2019 for Phoenix. Crawford has been a walking bucket for close to 20 years, and it does not look like he’s slowed down. Crawford can also play minutes at the point guard spot as well, taking pressure off of Rajon Rondo and LeBron James.