Best Bargain-Bin NBA 2014 Free-Agency Options for LA Lakers

At some point this offseason the Los Angeles Lakers will be diving headfirst into the NBA free-agency bargain bin to fill out their roster.

It is important to note that we are defining "bargain-bin" players as those who can likely be signed to a minimum contract. The players on this list may not even be worthy of a starting job.

The term "best" takes on a different meaning, depending on what other moves the team makes first. 

For example, if Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James—or both, who knows—decides to bring his talents to Tinsel Town, then the Lakers will target rim protectors and shooters to place around him.

But for the purposes of this exercise, we will take the word "best" literally. 

The following three players are the best bargain-bin finds for L.A. in a vacuum, assuming that the roster looks just the way it does now.


Jimmer Fredette 

Let's play blind resume.

2013-14 PTS/36 REB/36 AST/36 FG% 3PT FG% Player A 19.5 4.0 3.5 .464 .425 Player B 18.9 3.6 4.4 .471 .476 Player A is Patty Mills, who was recently signed to a three-year, $12 million contract after playing a huge role off the bench for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

Player B is Jimmer Fredette, and he can be had at one-fourth the price. 

Plus, he's not out six to seven months with a torn rotator cuff like Mills is.

Fredette and Mills are two peas in a pod. Both are diminutive shoot-first (and second...and maybe third, too) guards who love hoisting triples, are never afraid to pull the trigger and won't play a lick of defense.

Fredette can absolutely have the same impact on a team that Mills had for the Spurs last season.

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