The Los Angeles Lakers have made moves in free agency to upgrade their roster while emphasizing continuity. They re-signed Rui Hachimura and added Gabe Vincent, Taurean Prince, and Cam Reddish. Vincent and Prince were acquired using exceptions, and the Lakers are still pursuing Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell. However, the Lakers need to address their lack of shooting and interior depth.
Gabe Vincent, a proven playoff contributor, replaces Dennis Schröder and strengthens the Lakers’ bench. Vincent’s shooting and defense will be valuable in crucial moments. Taurean Prince brings 3-and-D skills and will back up LeBron James and Hachimura. Cam Reddish is a young player with untapped potential but needs to show consistency.
While the Lakers have improved their roster, shooting remains a concern. They are relying on Vincent and Hachimura to replicate their postseason shooting numbers. Perimeter defense is enhanced, but matchups against teams with big-scoring wings pose a challenge. Addressing the center position is crucial, as they currently have only Anthony Davis in that role.
The Lakers’ focus now should be on adding depth and injury insurance with two veteran bigs. They still have options with Reaves and Russell, but Reaves’ options are diminishing, favoring the Lakers. The team’s work is not yet complete, but they have built upon last season’s success and are better positioned for the upcoming season.