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Reports: Lakers reach deal to sign Jason Kapono

Dec 7, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

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Two years ago the Lakers needed better outside shooting. They brought in Steve Blake, but that didn’t work.

In new coach Mike Brown’s twin-towers offense (with Kobe drawing doubles in the post as well) the Lakers will need much better long-range shooting. So they have reached a handshake deal to sign Jason Kapono, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Nothing can be inked until 2 p.m. Eastern Friday, according to league rules, but this will be a one-year deal confirmed by Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Kapono grew up in the Los Angeles area, went to high school at area hoops power Artesia in Lakewood (also home to James Harden) then played his college ball at UCLA. He is a former All-Star Weekend Three Point Contest winner. But the last two years he has been buried on the 76ers bench, playing in just 24 games last season and only getting to attempt eight threes all season. He is a career 43.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    The Sixers are an awful team, and the simple fact that he was rendered a benchwarmer on such a pitiful squad doesn’t shine a positive light on his future.

    Jason, go stand in the corner and shoot when you’re told.

  2. dalucks - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Ladies and gentleman, I present to you! Mitch Kupchak. Applause. Mitch, you are definitely the worst general manager in the NBA. This transaction solidified the award for you as you already had a wide margin from your closest competition. You are horrible at what you do. Again, I say to you congratulations.

    • thatboi901 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM

      Never knew a team needing a shooter and going to sign a shooter makes a GM terrible….

      • passerby23 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:08 PM

        It’s true the Lakers needed better outside shooting, but what really hurt them in the playoffs last year was their porous defense due to old, tired legs and bad rotations. Kapono is not going to fix that problem. He might make some shots during the regular reason, but will find himself firmly entrenched at the end of the bench come playoff time.

      • mytthor - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:10 AM

        You have to look at the big picture. It’s the lack of winning games and championships that makes it obvious how bad he is.

  3. willardj - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Sixers aren’t even close to being an awful team.

    But Jason Kapono is an awful player. Can’t play defense. Can’t rebound. Can barely dribble or pass. He can shoot well when he is left wide open. If you contest the shot or force him to adjust his shot even slightly, it’s a guaranteed miss.

    People keep thinking he’s Kyle Korver, who is a guy that can actually hit contested jump shots, but Kapono isn’t even close to being on Korver’s level.

  4. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Um… are you serious? Kupchak was responsible for trading Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol, one of the best trades in the last decade as far as the Lakers are concerned.

  5. danielwold - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    that Kwame brown trade was a scam because Jerry west was in Memphis. a true scam to the NBA.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:17 PM

      No he wasn’t. He left the Grizzlies over a year before the trade was made.

    • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      The true scam was the KG to Boston deal. The TWolves got nothing.

      At least the Grizz got Marc Gasol, who actually outplayed his older brother in the playoffs last season..and will probably do so going forward.

      So, if the deal was such a scam, let’s undo it right now. Lakers fans won’t complain.

  6. willardj - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    You conveniently left out Marc Gasol as part of that trade.

    • loungefly74 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      thank you. sheesh.

  7. therealhtj - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    No wonder Dr. Buss ended up in the hospital.

    And Jerry West was nowhere near Memphis at the time of that trade. If they’d like a do-over, I’m sure the Lakers would send them Pau back for Marc.

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Whaaaa??! We’re loaded at the SF position. I know we need shooting but thats why we drafted Goudelock! Damn, I want that Ebanks kid to get some run behind World Peace and Barnes.

  9. lakerade - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    What we know of Kapono doesn’t bode well. But we don’t know the system he’ll be playing in just yet, so perhaps his limited skill set can be maximized. While I also would like to see our youngs play more, with the condensed schedule I think rotations will be going deep on all teams this year, so not too terrible to have Kapono up against other 3rd stringers.

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