Apr 2, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) controls the ball guarded by Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Los Angeles Lakers pursue Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe?

The Los Angeles Lakers will likely wait until the 2015 offseason to be major players in free agency.

With Kobe Bryant’s massive contract and some others players, like Steve Nash, still on the books, the Lakers are probably best served waiting until next year when the likes of Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol can all become free agents.

Larry Coon of Basketball Insiders does believe that Detroit Pistons’ power forward Greg Monroe, who will be a restricted free agent and Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson, who will be an unrestricted free agent, could be the complimentary type of player(s) the Lakers would like to add this offseason.

I think this year will be another transition year for the Lakers. I think they will get the rebuild process started by signing a nice complementary player (not their franchise player, but someone who will be a part of their core moving forward). Stevenson & Monroe are two candidates, but there are downsides to both. Stevenson is crazy, and Monroe will be restricted (meaning a team probably will have to overpay to pry him away from the Pistons).

Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc and 71.1% from the free throw line in the regular season. In the postseason, he put up 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 45.5% from the field, 35.8% from three and 71.4% from the charity stripe.

Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line  last season.


Tags: Greg Monroe Lance Stephenson Los Angeles Lakers NBA Rumors

  • Dino Madness

    The Lakers strategy is the same failed strategy that Dallas had and that strategy has taken Dallas nowhere and wasted years on a fantasy. Kevin Love will most likely be traded to a team that has something to trade for him and that will contend for years to come. Even if he becomes a free agent he will not come to the Lakers if Kirk Rambis is the head coach. Why would Mark Gasol come here after the way the Lakers treated Paul Gasol and damage his career by having an incompetent Mike D’Antoni utilize Paul Gasol in the worst possible way. LaMarcus Aldridge is with a young Portland team that will be contenders for many years, so him leaving is unlikely. The 2015 strategy is a fantasy that will lead the Lakers to disappointment, a lot of wasted time and ultimate failure.

  • Marty Susman

    Yes Monroe & Stevenson would be very good additions to the Lakers as would K. Irving… The Lakers front office has screwed up BIG time in the past few years & this time they NEED to get it right…

  • Darryl Revok

    Insightful reporting here – thanks

  • J Taylor

    I doubt Monroe gets out of Detroit without a trade…..
    Stephenson is an outside the box idea that Mitch might explore. He could be a PG and replace Kobe in 3 years. He adds defensive ability in 3 positions on the floor, and he’s a NYC prodigy so he can handle the big stage.