NBA Rumors: Ranking Wing Players the Lakers Should Have Interest in

With the Los Angeles Lakers hurting a bit in the second unit and no help in sight, it's likely they make a move for a wing player in the coming weeks. Jodie Meeks and the rest of the guards behind Kobe Bryant have been less than impressive, and this is a title-or-bust season for LA.

Several names are popping up across the league as available. Among them are sharpshooter Matt Carroll, defensive guru and former Mike D'Antoni crony Raja Bell, and a popular name throughout the free agent ranks, Mickael Pietrus.

Delonte West is another name that's been floated around as a potential mid-season add, but point guards Steve Blake and Chris Duhon are impeding progress on that front.

The Lakers have a full roster and a payroll of $100 million, so it would be rough to add someone without cutting a player from the current 15-man group. That would be a significant salary-cap hit, but would the Lakers do it knowing it would help them this year?

Here's a look at those three guys mentioned in order of how important they would be to the team and their fit with the current roster.

(Note: All reports are from ESPN's Marc Stein, per his Twitter account.)


3. Matt Carroll, Potential Free Agent Guard

Carroll was just traded from the Charlotte Bobcats to the New Orleans Hornets for Hakim Warrick, but it doesn't look like he'll be around for long in the Bayou.

Word is Hornets & Matt Carroll working on buyout after CHA dealt Carroll for Hakim Warrick. Possible free-agent shooter for Lakers' radar?

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 16, 2012 The Lakers certainly have a need for three-point shooting. Without Steve Nash in the lineup, they've been downright horrendous, shooting 32.7 percent as a team. Most of that production has come from Steve Blake and Kobe, who are both above 40 percent.

However, Carroll is a glorified version of Jason...

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