Reports that the Lakers are interested in this former Atlanta Hawks wing

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The Los Angeles Lakers are a team in a little bit of trouble. They have an aging core and a former superstar struggling to mesh with the rest of the core of this team. Still, they are looking to improve their roster and could do this by signing former Atlanta Hawks wing Maurice Harkless.

The Hawks traded Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings and received Harkless as part of the package back. They then flipped Harkless to the OKC Thunder for Vit Krejci in a trade that had many benefits for the Hawks, including a few hidden gems.

However, this was not the last stop for Harkless for the summer. He was on the move again, this time the Thunder traded him to the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are more focused on developing their younger guys than having another veteran clog up their list as they already have Eric Gordon in a leadership role so they waived Harkless.

So why would the Lakers be interested in the former Atlanta Hawks wing?

The Lakers lost to the LA Clippers despite LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Lonnie Walker scoring more than 20 points. Russell Westbrook did not make a field goal, but neither did Kendrick Nunn. While Nunn is not paid as well nor has he had the hall of fame career, this lack of shooting is of concern.

Harkless is not a guarantee to fix their issues however, He is a career 32.0 percent shooter from beyond the arc. This is poor for a player who does not score much, relying more on his defense. However, in the right system, Harkless can perform as shown by his 45.5 percent from deep in the 11 games that he played with the Miami Heat two seasons ago.

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Still, this move could help the Lakers but given that they are set up to work around LeBron James, there is a good chance that Harkless will not help them much. The reason for this, he relies on his athleticism and not his shooting, kind of like Westbrook.