Lakers Rumors: Why Los Angeles Needs to Keep Looking for Bench Help

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistAugust 10, 2012

Acquiring Dwight Howard moves the Los Angeles Lakers into "super team" territory, but they still need to address their lack of depth in order to top the Miami Heat.

The Lakers completed a massive four-team deal to land Howard from the Orlando Magic, somehow keeping Pau Gasol in the process. Los Angeles now has four stars in Kobe Bryant, Howard, Gasol and Steve Nash, but they still need some reserves.

According to Sam Amick of SI.com, the Lakers—as well as the Brooklyn Nets—are interested in signing power forward Kenyon Martin.

The 34-year-old averaged 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and one block per game with the Los Angeles Clippers last year. Poaching the veteran from the other L.A. squad would bolster the Lakers' bench with a tough veteran.

When the Heat formed their dominant trio, veterans flocked to Miami in search of a championship ring. Mike Miller and Shane Battier took lesser deals, and they strengthened their squad even more this summer by adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

The Lakers must entice some similarly experienced players who will take the veteran's minimum to compete for a title.

Last season, the Lakers were plagued by a mediocre reserve group that could not produce on a consistent basis. Jordan Hill provided spurts of energy late in the year and Devin Ebanks performed well occasionally, but they failed to receive some consistent production. 

While acquiring Martin would simply be an example of the rich getting richer, they do have a serious need for a shooting guard to back up Bryant. They also need a sharpshooter who can make defenders pay for focusing on the studs.

One intriguing option is former All-Star Michael Redd. The 32-year-old averaged 8.2 points per game for the Phoenix Suns last season, but has struggled over the past few years to stay healthy.

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Medina broke down the reasons for the Lakers to sign Redd.

It's clear that Redd is unlikely to replicate the 19 points per game he's averaged in his career, but that won't be a problem for the Lakers for two reasons. He'd only be asked to score off the bench, which lightens the load, and his low market value would make any Lakers interest more attractive to him.

It's worth a gamble for the Lakers to see if he can make some open three-pointers. 

The Heat now possess an incredibly loaded squad with Allen, Battier, Lewis and Udonis Haslem sitting on the sideline. Not to count out the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, but smart money is now on a Heat-Lakers championship bout.

Who would have thought Miami's advantage would be their depth?

They caught up with the rest of the Western Conference, but the Lakers still have the Heat to worry about if they want to win their sixth title during the Bryant era. In order to do that, they need a complete squad

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