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Free agent profile: Anthony Parker

September 2, 2011 |  5:49 pm

This is the 43rd post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes players and how they might fit in with the Lakers.

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker

Type of free agent: Unrestricted

Positives: A career 44.5% three-point shooter, Parker would immediately bolster the Lakers' poor outside shooting. He's a reliable play-maker and defender, which doesn't make him entirely one-dimensional. He had already played under Mike Brown before in Cleveland, making Parker one tweak that could improve the Lakers' bench. Besides being the Lakers, they could entice him to come to L.A. so he could be close to his sister Candace, who also lights up Staples Center with the Sparks whenever she's not hurt.

Negatives: At 36 years-old, Parker hardly ranks among the top options the Lakers could pursue to address their shooting woes. It's also plausible that age and declining skillset will make him less valuable. Consider that his 39.9% mark from three-point range last season with Cleveland marked the lowest percentage his rookie season. His 1997-98 campaign in Philadelphia marked the only other time in his 8-year NBA career that he shot below 40% from downtown.

Verdict: There are conflicting reports whether Parker wants to resign with the Cavs. Immediately after Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico reported he's already moved out of his Cleveland home and does not plan to stay with the Cavaliers. Parker told The News-Herald's Bob Finnan that he hasn't ruled out resigning with the team. Nonetheles


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