Top 3 teams that should trade for Lakers guard Lou Williams

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies offense is decidedly mediocre – they’re No. 18 in offensive rating – and can often grind to a halt with the lack of dynamism on the team, especially along the backcourt outside of Mike Conley. Their other guards on the bench are Toney Douglas, Andrew Harrison, Troy Daniels, and Wade Baldwin. None of those is a particularly reliable option, which will put a lot of pressure on Conley, especially come playoff time. They could certainly use someone like Williams who can take people off the dribble and create his own offense.

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets need offensive help badly. They’re incredibly reliant on Kemba Walker on a night-to-night basis to carry a huge burden offensively, and their bench is almost completely devoid of scoring punch. They’ve already fallen out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and are in desperate need of reinforcements. Ramon Sessions is out for a month following knee surgery, so they also need a backup ball-handler. Williams fits the bill in terms of both of their needs. He would bolster the second unit and lift the scoring burden from Walker at the same time.

Washington Wizards

The Raptors have already made their big move to get back to the top-2 in the East by trading for Serge Ibaka, so will the Wizards counter with their own move to shore up a big weakness? That weakness, of course, is their lack of bench scoring. With all due respect to Trey Burke, but it’s a big problem that he’s the team’s third guard. Williams’ addition would be perfect for the Wiz, since he’s a combo guard who can play alongside John Wall or Bradley Beal. Getting Williams would greatly increase the Wizards’ chances of staying in one of the top-4 places in the East, and could also be a big difference-maker in the postseason.

While all three teams would love to get Williams, they don’t necessarily have the most appealing assets to trade with the Lakers. Still, there seems to be a market for Sweet Lou in this trade deadline, and if one of the Grizzlies, Hornets, and Wizards doesn’t move in for him, another team might.