The Los Angeles Lakers’ front office was seemingly very interested in acquiring Andre Iguodala if a Memphis Grizzles buyout agreement had come to fruition. So, a wing defender with a similar style, such as DeMarre Carroll, must surely have been on their radar, right?
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the mix for additions to the roster via buyout and it appeared that the team had a potential new target that they missed out on.
As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs and DeMarre Carroll have agreed to a buyout, with it looking likely that he is heading to the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers’ front office have only been officially linked with Dion Waiters thus far in the buyout market and this was merely for “an exploratory conversation”. However, Laker Fans seem to see the benefit of adding another wing defender to a roster that is somewhat short, in terms of both size and numbers, in this position.
DeMarre Carroll would have been a very solid addition to the Lakers roster, he would bring with him a solid defensive acumen, a wealth of playoff experience and tenacity that fits perfectly into this Lakers team. Carroll has played over 60 playoff games in his career and would have been an asset to the roster both on and off the court.
Carroll has only played 15 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 2.2 points and clearly wasn’t a fit in San Antonio. However, prior to that, the somewhat journeyman forward had a career-high average of 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets.
Having said that, it would appear that Rob Pelinka wasn’t looking at DeMarre Carroll at all, with his impending move to the Houston Rockets being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski almost as quickly as the buyout was reported.
So, does this mean that the Los Angeles Lakers are content with what they have, or are they looking at another wing defender in the shape of Moe Harkless?
It would be some story if the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded Harkless earlier this year, ended up helping their city rival Lakers by allowing them to pick him up.
Either way, with their 41-12 start atop the west, LakerNation can surely trust in Rob Pelinka and his team to make the right call, as they have done on numerous occasions this campaign.