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Report: Lakers interested in Byron Mullens

Jul 1, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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Byron Mullens, after barely leaving the bench in his first two seasons with the Thunder, quietly became an alright-looking player with the Bobcats.

I say alright-looking, because he scored 14.9 and 14.2 points per 36 minutes in his two seasons with the Bobcats. But he took a lot of long 2s, didn’t shoot them that efficiently, rebounded at an underwhelming rate for his size and didn’t do much else. Basically, the closer you examine, the less appealing Mullens is.

But at least he’s shown he belongs in the NBA, which is an improvement from Oklahoma City. And the Lakers might even give him a raise.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

The Lakers had precious few resources to upgrade their team this offseason, namely the No. 48 pick in the draft and the taxpayer mid-level exception (a three-year contract that could pay up to $3,183,000, $ 3,326,235 and $ 3,469,470 in each season).

They drafted Duke’s Ryan Kelly, an outside shooting big who seems to be a great fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system, with their second-round pick. Now. they might use their taxpayer mid-level exception on Mullens, another outside-shooting big man who fits D’Antoni’s system.

Perhaps, this is a sign the Lakers really believe in D’Antoni. Or maybe they’re foolishly filling their roster with marginal players who won’t fit the next system nearly as well once they fire D’Antoni midseason.

But, so far, the Lakers are giving D’Antoni the tools to succeed. Of course, the biggest tool is Dwight Howard, who’s still undecided.

  1. dyn0myte - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    “…the biggest tool is Dwight Howard…”

    Sadly, you may have stumbled upon the problem.

  2. jdebizwizard - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Seriously? You had to refer to D12 as the biggest tool?

    • dezglobal - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      He’s a pretty big tool tho

    • spursareold - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Yes, he went there. LOL.

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Ha ha ha ha, Byron Mullens aka, Travis Knight 2.0?!?

    Desperate times in LakerLand for sure.

    Ha ha ha.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Byron Mullens is a baller. I like his game. Not the best defender, but a solid big man who can hit the three and has a diverse set of post moves.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Last season:

      Player A: 28.7 MPG, 12.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 39.9% FG, 30.9% 3P, 84.4% FT, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG
      Player B: 26.9 MPG, 10.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 38.5% FG, 31.7% 3P, 64.6% FT, 1.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG

      Player A is Andrea Bargnani, who the Knicks will have for two more years at over $23 million, and gave up a first rounder and several second rounders to get. Player B is Byron Mullens, who could be had for the MLE.

  4. moseskkim - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Lakers need a wing. Cisco Garcia perfect. With kobe most likely not at 100%, metta a year older, and Meeks? U need sg/sf who can defend and space the floor. Garcia might want more money but at 3M a year is reasonable for him.

  5. udleerc - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Player A and B = both suck

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    HAHAHAHA! I watched him in Charlotte and he wasn’t even good for our 20-win team. So I’d love to see Mike D’Antoni trying to make him into the next Amare.

  7. rgledz - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    They should hang a huge jersey next to the huge Howard jersey……isn’t that how the Lakers are doing things these days???

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    @ moseskkim
    Don’t you dare theoretically put Fransico Garcia on my Lakers! We already got enough bums on the pine, don’t need another!

    Mullens? He’s a decent player now and I like him, kinda. But I don’t really want him on MY team. I’d rather enjoy him from afar. Unless he comes dirt cheap and for one year, or two years with a team option on that second one, I really don’t want him.

  9. mazblast - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Meanwhile, the need at guard goes unaddressed.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      I swear its like the lakers refuse to get good guard play. It feel’s like its been YEARS since we’ve had another decent guard during the Kobe era.

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