Los Angeles Lakers would benefit from trading for Tim Hardaway Jr.
Only the Chicago Bulls have attempted fewer 3-pointers per game than the Lakers this season. LeBron James leads Los Angeles with 6.7 attempts per game, but he is shooting just 29.5 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers do not have a catch-and-shoot 3-point option on their roster, and James has thrived for years being surrounded by those players.
LeBron wants the Lakers to improve the roster around him. He is still playing like one of the best players in the world at 38 years old, and James wants to win games. Los Angeles is just 0.5 games out of tenth in the Western Conference and two games back of sixth. They have six teams to jump, but the Lakers could be in the playoffs this season if they upgrade their roster before the deadline.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is precisely the type of player the Lakers need. He would lead the Lakers in 3-pointers attempted, and he would give them a consistent corner 3-point threat when LeBron or Russell Westbrook attacks the paint. Fans see Luka Doncic kick to THJ every night, and Los Angeles desperately needs that option when teams cheat into the paint.
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