3 Former JJ Redick Teammates the Lakers Should Add After Head Coach Hiring

Los Angeles Lakers hired JJ Redick as their next head coach. Don't be surprised if he attempts to lure these three former teammates to the franchise.
Which former teammates could JJ Redick potentially lure to the Lakers this offseason?
Which former teammates could JJ Redick potentially lure to the Lakers this offseason? / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Markelle Fultz, PG/SG

The Lakers don't have a ton of financial room to work with this offseason, but they do have their Mid-Level Exception (MLE). If they plan on using it this summer, Markelle Fultz — who played 35 games with Redick on the Philadelphia 76ers — should be one of the top targets.

The former 2017 first-overall selection is looking to rebound following an injury-plagued campaign with the Orlando Magic. Only suiting up in 43 games (18 starts), Fultz averaged 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting just 47.2% from the floor and a career-worst 22.2% from the three-point line. His struggles saw his minutes regress from 29.6 last season to only 21.2.

The Magic are loaded with young guards, meaning Fultz will likely be playing elsewhere next season. The Lakers make sense as a potential destination given that they have an opening for a backup point guard if D'Angelo Russell re-signs in the coming weeks. Fultz would face more favorable matchups while injecting life into a Los Angeles benched that averaged the third-fewest points in 2023-24.

Besides, moving to Los Angeles could bring out the best in the ex-Washington Huskie. Everyone is aware of how LeBron James and Anthony Davis elevate those around them, so perhaps playing alongside the duo would help Fultz live up to his No. 1 draft pick potential.

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