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The Los Angeles Lakers have flirted with their share of shooters over the past few years as they attempted to find a competent three-point shooter to pair with Kobe Bryant and their trio of star big men. They haven’t been all that successful in that pursuit, with Steve Blake being their latest flop in that department.
Renowned three-point specialist Jason Kapono’s name has come up in trade rumors the past two years near the deadline but nothing ever materialized. Now it appears the two sides will finally come together as the Lakers are expected to sign Jason Kapono to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, which is worth about $1.2 million in the new CBA.
The Philadelphia 76ers were the last team to sign Kapono in hopes his three-point abilities would bolster their offensive arsenal but that experiment failed. Kapono shot 36% during his two seasons in Philly and shot eight three’s in 24 games last season. That said, Kapono is a career 44% three-point shooter and the Lakers hope that he’ll be able to re-gain his form this season.
He’ll have a good shot at it as he figures to get a good number of open looks with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom (or Chris Paul and Dwight Howard) and Kobe Bryant all attracting defensive attention. Mike Brown’s offense should help find Kapono in positions to score as well.