As reported by Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in free agents Mickael Pietrus and Raja Bell.
With new head coach Mike D’Antoni implementing his new system the Lakers have been looking for players who can run the ball. Both Pietrus and Bell have experience playing along side Steve Nash, while Bell also has experience under D’Antoni and Pietrus was a former teammate of Dwight Howard in Orlando.
Both players would help the Lakers bench depth both on offense and defense. Both players are capable of keeping up with the fast paced nature of D’Antoni’s system, capable of playing defense, and are known to be able to hit the open three point shot that will be available to them in this system. Pietrus has a career average of 8.4 ppg and Bell has a career average of 9.9 ppg.
With a full roster, the question remains who would be waived if the Lakers decided to sign either of these free agents. Rookies Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre are on non-guaranteed contracts and would be likely choices, but Earl Clarke may also be on the chopping block if space were needed.