KEY POINTS

  • Jae Crowder could provide the Lakers added boost heading into the NBA playoffs
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could be a trade asset moving forward
  • Vince Carter makes sense for the Lakers for added veteran leadership

The only thing certain right now is the Los Angeles Lakers are open to improving their roster. However, there remains no clarity on who they may possibly add. Anyone from among Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook and the contract of DeMarcus Cousins are possible assets they can trade away, depending on the player they want in exchange.

There are several names available in the market. There is Andre Iguodala and the latest name to crop up in NBA trade rumors are Robert Covington and Gordon Hayward. Skimming down to the unheralded performers of the 2019-20 NBA season there are at least two more worth considering.

Jae Crowder of the Memphis Grizzlies is worth checking out. The 29-year-old small forward could fill in the small forward void the Lakers are looking to fill. This season, the 6-foot-6 player has averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 38 games, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

Compared to Kuzma, the numbers are a tad better except for the scoring department being put up by the 27th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He is averaging 13.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.9 assists. However, the Lakers could live with a better-rounded player who can chip in points when needed.

Compared to Caldwell-Pope, Crowder's numbers are far better than Caldwell-Pope (9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists). Having the NBA vet could be better for the purple and gold's aspirations in the coming NBA playoffs.

Worth adding is that Crowder is on an expiring contract worth $7.8 million. If things pan out, he could be re-signed. If not, the Lakers create a roster spot next NBA season. His experience may also be a point worth considering. He had his best years with the Boston Celtics and has seemingly recalled that old form.

If not Crowder, there is Vince Carter that could be worth considering. Even at 42, the 8-time NBA All-Star could be a valuable addition. Like Crowder, he is on an expiring contract and will be retiring after the current season.

Of the two, there is no question that the Lakers have options. But a trade-off needs to be weighed in heavily. Crowder is an interesting prospect if the Grizzlies will bite. KCP could make sense, considering Memphis is also embarking on a youth movement of its own, Fansided reported.