The Los Angeles Lakers may not boast significant trade assets, but the opportunity to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis could be a big enough draw to entice free agents into opening a dialogue.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers are keeping tabs on free agent star Miles Bridges, who is currently being investigated by the NBA following the Hornets star pleading ‘no contest’ in a domestic violence case.
“I’m told there are several teams, including the Lakers and Pistons that are monitoring the situation.”
— The Rally (@TheRally) November 18, 2022
“Miles Bridges is a restricted free agent, so he is eligible to be signed by any team. But, there is a league investigation ongoing, after he pleaded ‘no contest’ to a felony case. I’m told there are several teams, including the Lakers and Pistons, that are all monitoring his situation. And, waiting to see exactly what transpires with his conversations with Charlotte. Otherwise, he has a qualifying free agent that did expire, but he still remains a restricted free agent,” Charania said during a November 18 episode of The Rally.
Last season, Bridges provided the Lakers with 20.2 points, seven rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 33.1% from deep and 49.1% from the field – leading many to believe Bridges would be an integral building block in the Hornets’ future.
Could Bridges Help Los Angeles?
Should the Lakers decide to look past Bridges’ off-court issues and extend a contract offer, he projects as a player who could significantly help their offense – either off the bench, or as part of the team’s starting unit.
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) November 19, 2022
Unfortunately for Lakers fans, Bridges wouldn’t resolve Los Angeles’ biggest issue: perimeter scoring. Instead, he would provide the team win some additional frontcourt help when pressuring the rim. According to Cleaning The Glass, Bridges shot 46% around the rim last, ranking him within the top 15% of forwards in the NBA, but his offense outside of the restricted area left a lot to be desired.
On defense, Bridges will predominantly fit in as a chaser, pressuring off-ball cutters as they curl over screens or look to create separation to receive a passer. …read more