Signing Christian Wood might be a brilliant finish to the LA Lakers already great trade window. Los Angeles Lakers hoped for getting back their last season’s core and it looks like they have succeeded in doing so. They lost to the Denver Nuggets, which made it obvious that their 18th title needs something more than what they already have.
D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura got new contracts but they need to add another player who can turn the tide towards them. Here’s all the information we have about the Laker’s probable signings.
What’s the current roster of the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers did a brilliant job this offseason. They have improved themselves without losing their last season’s stars. The Lakers have 13 players on their roster as of now, and it’s rumored that even though they can make two additions, they’d like to settle for one only. The 15th spot might be kept empty to ensure flexibility if something out of the blue happens.
CHRISTIAN WOOD SHOULD SIGN WITH LAKERS
Christian Wood's agent should advise him to sign 1+1 min contract with Los Angeles Lakers and use opportunity not only to rehab his value and rep but also to win a ring. Lakers are best team for player brand redemption. Just ask Malik Monk. pic.twitter.com/t9raQH3Jhm
— LakerTom (@LakerTom) July 7, 2023
What kind of player the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for?
The Lakers have said that they intend to fill the 14th spot with another backup big man. They want to add another dimension to the skill set rather than signing somebody similar to Jaxson Hayes. The profile they are looking for is a big body, rim protector, and an active roller.
Who would the Los Angeles Lakers like to sign?
Christian Wood is one of those players who fit into the profile the Lakers require. He is a free agent and averaged 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the last 3 seasons. He has converted 313 of his 821 shots from beyond the arc. He also helped Mavericks perform better than the Lakers when he played as a roller in pick and roll. Christian Wood has struggled at defense but the Lakers would like to take this risk which might be very fruitful for them in the near future.
The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Christian Wood, per Jovan Buha. pic.twitter.com/AgEtquTNjO
— NBA Latest (@nba_latest_) July 10, 2023
Why would Christian Wood like to join the LA Lakers?
The craving of playing alongside LeBron James is a huge reason why players sign for Lakers and Christian Wood might be no different. Players have taken the minimum wage possible to play with LeBron. The fact that Wood will get enough opportunities will also work in favor of the deal.
There’s a lot to be said, decided and done. We’ll see if LeBron’s aura lures another veteran to the Lakers or not.