Everyone has a type, and the Lakers are no different. Some would think the ideal type of point guard to put around LeBron James would be a shooter, however, the Lakers have an obsession with putting non-shooters around him, especially at point guard.
Ranging from Rajon Rondo to Dennis Schröder and most recently Russell Westbrook, the Lakers — perhaps sometimes with James’s blessing — have picked non-shooters to accompany LeBron. You would think that after how badly things have gone with Westbrook this season, the Lakers might consider a different approach.
To be honest, obviously nothing is set in stone, but one of the more recent rumors links them to another non-shooting point guard, who hasn’t played in over a year, Houston Rockets goaltender John Wall. That would only be an option for the Lakers if he were bought out, as longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein reported.
Interest in Wall from the Clippers and Heat, if he can finally make his way on the open market, has been mentioned for months. I was also informed that the Lakers – resistant as long as they remain to trade Russell Westbrook to Houston for Wall attaching draft capital as a sweetener for the Rockets – would consider Wall as a candidate for the roster if he suddenly becomes available. through the buyback market.
The Lakers were heavily tied to Wall around the trade deadline in a deal that would have included Westbrook. It was all about trading overpriced and underperforming players. The hangup came in the compensation draft involved and the other players who would be attached to the deal, resulting in no trade being completed or ever very seriously closed.
Wall’s last game was on April 23, 2021. Since then, he’s been left on the sidelines hoping to find a new situation than rebuilding the Rockets. And if that absence isn’t long enough, Wall also had a number of injury issues that sidelined him for an extended period in Washington. Since December 26, 2018, Wall has only played 40 NBA games.
To say the least, the Lakers would be taking a big risk bringing Wall on anything other than a veteran’s minimum signing. Even then, with the Lakers so desperate for their veteran’s minimum signings, it becomes harder to rationalize using any of those spots on the Wall.
What if Russell Westbrook is still on the list? It looks like a non-starter. Having TWO point guards not shooting looks like active sabotage in 2022.
The Lakers’ interest in Wall could depend on a number of things, whether on Wall’s side or the Lakers. This is a couple who would have a lot of questions and concerns and certainly feel far from an ideal situation.
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