The former lottery pick, Jeremy Lamb, has spent the last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers and may be on the verge of representing a new uniform before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. He has also spent time with the Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder. There is no more room for Lamb as the Pacers added more wing depth by drafting Chris Duarte with the thirteenth pick in this year’s draft.
The Lakers are reportedly interested in acquiring Jeremy Lamb
Jeremy Lamb is set to make 10.5 million as he enters the final year of his contract as he signed a three-year contract with the Indiana Pacers back in 2019. During his final season with the Hornets, he had a career-high in points as he averaged 15.3 points per game while playing 79 games in 2018.
Since joining the Pacers, the same can’t be said as the guard/forward’s short two-year tenure with Indiana has been derailed by injuries, especially the devastating ACL injury that he suffered in February 2020. Due to the ACL injury, he was limited to 36 games last season, which led to his lowest scoring output since 2016.
Lamb averaged 10.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 94.7 percent from the free-throw line, and 40.6 percent from the three-point line. If the medical records are clear of any concerns for the Lakers, Lamb will be a great fit in LA as he can space the floor, and continue his role of being a good scorer off the bench.
The Lakers have a veteran lineup, but shooting from behind the arc may be kryptonite this upcoming season as are looking for more ways to improve the team with limited trade assets as the Lakers are in win-now mode by trading for Rusell Westbrook to surround the franchise’s cornerstones, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
It will be interesting to see what the Lakers can offer as any NBA free-agent playing on a standard contract cannot be traded until December 15th. By then, the Pacers might have multiple offers to choose from or a better offer than what the Lakers can offer at the current moment.
Are the Hornets Interested in a Reunion?
There is no question as Lamb may need a change of scenery to return to full strength and continue his career. His former team, the Charlotte Hornets may be interested in bringing him back. This could be a good landing spot for Lamb as he had the most success as he played one season under the Hornets head coach James Borrego.
However, the Hornets have a similar problem with the Pacers as they let Devonte Graham (Pelicans) and Malik Monk (Lakers) walk in free agency. With the eleventh pick in this year’s draft, the Hornets selected James Bouknight who is also a guard.
In addition to that, LiAngelo Ball showcased that he belongs to make the NBA with a strong showing in the summer league after showing some big improvements. Ball also has a similar role as many scouts see him as a 3 and D type of player like Lamb. Also, Ball will not only cost any assets in terms of players or draft pick compensations, but he will also cost a lot less for this upcoming season.
The franchise also handed Terry Rozier a four-year deal worth 97 million this offseason. Even if Lamb gets dealt with the Hornets, it is hard to envision that he will get a big role off the bench, which will only damage his stock for the upcoming offseason.
The Pacers are in a tough situation as the team may resort to selling him on the low. The front office’s best bet is to engage as many teams as possible before the season begins.