5 Former Teammates JJ Redick Can Bring to Lakers if Hired

The Lakers are on the verge of hiring JJ Redick as their next head coach. Here are five players he has played with who would be a good fit for Los Angeles.
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Naji Marshall

Talking about forwards who can shoot and defend, one option the Lakers can consider in free agency this summer is Naji Marshall.

Marshall spent the first four seasons of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans. In his rookie season, he was a teammate of JJ Redick. Now that his rookie contract is up, Marshall is hitting free agency and he is one of the most underrated players on the market.

Because he was an undrafted free agent out of Xavier and he has been a bench player in New Orleans his entire career, Marshall has largely gone under the radar. However, he is a 26-year-old wing who can guard multiple positions and do a little bit of everything on the floor. He shot 38.7% from three last season, he can drive to the basket, make plays for his teammates, and bring defensive intensity.

The Pelicans have too much depth on their roster. Therefore, Marshall was only able to play 19 minutes per game last season. However, the Lakers desperately need his skill set as they are light on the wings. He could even have a chance to start in Los Angeles depending on what happens with Rui Hachimura this season.

Marshall and Redick didn't play together for too long in New Orleans but if their paths were to cross again in Los Angeles, it would be beneficial for both sides.