Free agent profile: Mike Bibby
This is the 47th post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes players and how they might fit in with the Lakers.
Miami Heat guard Mike Bibby
Type of free agent: Unrestricted
Positives: Considering Bibby's willingness to shed his $6.2-million salary with Washington to join the Heat last season, it's clear he's interested in playing for a contender rather than just collecting a paycheck. Enter the Lakers, who need to upgrade at point guard but have only limited resources.
Acquiring Bibby wouldn't solve the Lakers' point guard problems, considering he averaged only 7.3 points on 43.7% shooting. That's far from the double-digit average he cracked when the Sacramento Kings battled it out with the Lakers earlier this decade. Still, Bibby's presence and three-point threat (a career 38.1%) will help the Lakers' outside shooting.
Negatives: The Lakers base their success on the playoffs, and Bibby's track record with Miami last postseason hardly looks encouraging. He shot 28.1%, committed 17 turnovers and played so poorly that he lost his starting spot to Mario Chalmers. Considering the team's weaknesses at point guard, the Lakers can't afford to add a player who is inconsistent. Besides, the Lakers also need to inject youth and speed. Bibby doesn't fit that description either.
Verdict: Rewind the clocks to earlier this decade and it'd be a no-brainer for the Lakers to pick up Bibby. Then again, the Lakers were fine with their talent then and he commanded a heavier price tag. These are different times and the Lakers need to take different measures.
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