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Lakers Should Pursue Mo Williams

January 5, 2012
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According to the media, the Los Angeles Lakers have been weak at the PG spot since Nick ‘the quick’ Van Exel was running the show back in the late 90′s. Even during the 5 championships since, Derek Fisher and his colleagues at the 1-spot have been taking the brunt of the negativity in Lakerland. The CP3 trade almost solved this problem once and for all, but alas…the Lakers were left with the same backcourt as last season. While Steve Blake is playing more like he did in Portland and ‘Fish’ is surprisingly productive after months of sitting at the negotiating table, an upgrade is still badly needed. For this, the Lakers should look no further than right down the hall at Staples Center.

No, Chris Paul isn’t walking through that door…but maybe Mo Williams is. After Lamar Odom, the next player most affected by the Chris Paul trade…non-trade…then trade again was Williams. The starting PG for the Clippers at the end of last season is now being used sporadically as a combo guard off the bench…giving CP3 and Chauncey Billups a blow whenever it’s needed. Mo came into this season in the best shape of his life and is playing like it. He’s averaging over 10 points per game in a reserve role, while adding 4 assists to just 1 turnover per game. Do the math here…he could be putting up close to 20 and 8 as a starter (in theory). On the other side of the ball, no one will ever confuse Williams for a great defender. But he has as much potential to play solid defense as Blake or Fisher do. I think the energy of being the Laker starting PG would bring the best out of Mo on both ends of the floor.

The Lakers should seriously look into bringing Mo over to their side of the arena. He’s as familiar as anyone with Mike Brown‘s system after his years in Cleveland. Maurice also has shown that he knows how to play with a dominant superstar who likes to have the ball in his hands (Lebron James). Playing alongside Kobe Bryant will be a breeze for him, especially with all the open spot-up three’s coming off Bynum and Gasol post-ups. Okay, now here comes the bad part…Williams won’t come cheap. He is making $8.5 million this year and has a player option for next season (just put him down for that as well). It’ll take some assets to get him from the Clippers via trade, they still need a shooting guard and some frontcourt depth. Mitch Kupchak should be on the phones as we speak looking for a 3rd team to try and get this deal done (are the Rockets still available?).

The Lakers can still salvage some good from the botched Chris Paul trade. The Clippers have an extra point guard now…and he’d look great in purp n’ yellow.

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3 Responses to Lakers Should Pursue Mo Williams

  1. Jarred on January 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Dave, you Clipper fans are never happy. You guys are finally relevant and still not happy. Go take off your Danny Manning jersey and get some ackrite.

  2. Brooks6027 on January 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    R U LISTENING MITCH?! GET ON IT KUPCAKE

  3. Gerald C on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

    if this move happened, the lake show would be right back in the mix come June

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