At this point, any player that is a free agent is going to draw an interest from the Lakers. I can’t even blame them at this point because they need to sign a superstar this summer, any superstar to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. Not making it for two straight years with LeBron James, arguably the best player in the NBA is just sad. He has carried teams that no other player could to the NBA Finals but the West is much tougher than the East.
Signing Walker to the Lakers is a tricky thing. It will give them a much-needed second superstar to turn to when James is tired or trapped. I don’t really think the Lakers need a scorer more than a star player than can draw attention away from other teams and Walker can do that. However, I think teams will let Walker play isolation and make James their first and main focus.
The downside of signing Walker is that he is undersized and will be a liability with his defense. For that reason, I don’t think the Lakers should guard him. He will be the reason they lose in the playoffs because players will go at him constantly. Winning a championship with Walker is difficult and this Lakers team does not do well with adversity.
We have yet to see Walker play alongside another superstar so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. We haven’t seen Walker in a system where he doesn’t draw all of the attention. Maybe the Lakers would be a great fit and he could help them much more than I believe he will.
With the limited amount of players even showing interest in the Lakers, Walker may be the one they end up signing. And after all the years he suffered playing for the Charlotte Hornets, he deserves to play for a team that actually has potential to win.