Lakers Rumors: Patty Mills, Wayne Ellington Are 'Prime' Free Agents of Interest

AP Photo/Eric Gay Marc Stein claims that Wayne Ellington and Patty Mills were "prime-free agents of interest" to the Los Angeles Lakers. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis taking up a lot of the salary cap, the Lakers are now looking for great values on the open marketplace. Marc Gasol, Alfonzo McKinnie and Alfonzo McKinnie are the only remaining active players. Stein reported that Dwight Howard's return to the team was "inevitable." Mills could prove to be a valuable addition to the San Antonio Spurs after spending a decade on the bench. Los Angeles could have a similar role for Mills, who can lead the second unit and add another scorer. Last season, the guard averaged 10.8 and 2.4 points per game while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range. He has also played in 90 playoff games, which helped the Spurs win their 2013-14 NBA title. Mills also showed his talent for Team Australia at the Tokyo Olympics by leading the squad to an impressive 3-0 start and reaching the quarterfinals. Ellington's shooting abilities would make him a valuable asset. His three-pointers were 42.2 percent last season. He has played for eight NBA teams, including the Lakers in 2014.-15. But he has also demonstrated his ability to play defense with his shooting (38.1 percent from three). Los Angeles has a lot of shooting needs. James, Davis, and Westbrook are likely to cause spacing problems. A better offense would be created by adding players who are able to hit open shots. Caldwell Pope (41.0 percent last season) moving to the Wizards, Alex Caruso (40.1%) potentially leaving in free agency. Mills and Ellington could make an impact addition for the title contender.

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