Los Angeles Lakers Eye Christian Wood To Diversify Big Position And Boost Championship Hopes

Photo: Instagram/Christian Wood

The Los Angeles Lakers have been focused on improving their roster this offseason while also maintaining the core of last season's team. With new contracts for D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, and Rui Hachimura, they have accomplished that goal.

However, their early exit from the playoffs highlighted the need for further improvements. The Lakers have received praise for their recent acquisitions, including Gabe Vincent, Taurean Prince, Jaxson Hayes, and Cam Reddish.

Despite their positive moves, the Lakers are not done yet. They currently have 13 players under contract for the upcoming season and plan to sign a 14th player, leaving one roster spot vacant for flexibility.

Photo: Instagram/Christian Wood

Reports indicate that they are specifically looking to add another backup big man who brings a different skill set to complement Jaxson Hayes. General Manager Rob Pelinka emphasized the importance of diversifying the big position.

Christian Wood, a free agent center, seems to fit the Lakers' desired profile. He possesses the ability to stretch the floor with his three-point shooting, an area where the Lakers could use more firepower.

Wood's offensive skills go beyond shooting, as he excels as a roller in pick-and-roll situations. The Lakers, led by LeBron James, have a history of attracting veterans seeking opportunities for success.

Wood's defensive abilities and his inconsistent performance within team defensive structures have been concerns. His undersized frame and lack of attention to detail on defense have limited his impact.

Additionally, his history within locker rooms has been less than ideal. However, the Lakers have succeeded in developing players with previous red flags, and Wood could benefit from the team's culture.

Considering the limited options available in the free-agent market, both the Lakers and Wood could find value in joining forces. The Lakers need a backup big man who can contribute during the regular season, while Wood seeks an opportunity to showcase his skills and reset his market value.

Although there are other potential destinations, such as the Miami Heat, the Lakers seem like a suitable fit for Wood at this stage of the offseason. As the free-agent market in mid-July offers limited choices, the Lakers and Wood find themselves in a situation where they align well.

The Lakers' focus on adding a spacer to support and play alongside Anthony Davis fits Wood's skill set. However, time is of the essence, as waiting too long could pose risks for both parties. With few viable alternatives available, the Lakers and Wood could be an ideal match as they move forward.

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Source: CBS Sports

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