After perhaps one of the most exiting summers in the NBA history it appears that Lakers has done a good job with the roster. Bringing Anthony Davis to LeBron was crucial for Lakers fans appetites to grow. Failing to sign Kawhi was a disappointed after 2019 NBA finals MVP announced he is joining the bitter rivals Clippers. However Lakers bureau reacted well and signed proven league players and the results look pretty impressive. The team is now instant title contender and adding players to bring maximum depth to the roster is always on the mark. Such a player is Andre Igoudala a 35 year old veteran with a shining career behind himself.
Andre Igoudala has been traded by the Warriors to Memphis Grizzlies. The player however didn’t joined the team and even in November he is without a destination. Grizzlies has been exploring the options to trade him before the deadline but the latest news from the NBA insiders are that he is going to work a buyout, clear waivers and join either Lakers or Clippers.
Lakers are being a favorite for signing him as he informed everybody that he will join LeBron and company after he clears the buyout. As the matter of fact Andre and Lakers have been “flirting” even since he has been traded by Warriors. Why Lakers are favorites, well there are several reasons:
-Both sides will be happy with that. Lakers have salary cap issues and small budget left, so signing a veteran minimum contract with a player like Igoudala is a win situation. He will bring squad depth especially in the defense.
-Andre Igoudala will be happy to join a title contender especially on 35 years. While trying to add his 4th ring there is no better place to be right now.
-Andre Igoudala is a former client of Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. He is also a close friend with several Lakers players as Danny Green, Javale Mcgee, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. They will all take part in having him join them.
-On the other side of the town, Clippers are also rumored to sign Igoudala. Having him in the roster to rest Kawhi and Paul George will also get them a massive boost in attempt to win their first ever championship. But let’s be honest. 10 out of 10 players will chose Lakers instead of Clippers (exclude Kawhi Lenard only) even if they are guaranteed that they will win rings, which they are not. Lakers are still believed to be slighter favorites in front of Clippers.
Final thoughts as many NBA experts and even players believe that if Lakers sign Igoudala they will undoubtedly win their first championship in post Kobe era .The Lakers will build a powerful defensive line with Igoudala, Davis,James, Rondo,Green and Howard who are known as very well defenders. On the other side of the court he is bringing much needed playmaking abilities and small and power forward covers freeing up Davis to play as a center.
Author : Aleksandar Brajkovski