I like Barbosa, and for the veterans minimum, you absolutely do it. He's a former sixth man of the year, who like Jamison, received his Sixth Man of the Year award playing with Steve Nash as the point guard of the offense. I think Barbosa could help the Lakers, especially from what I saw from him this summer. Now, obviously, if you gave me the choice, I would much prefer to have had Ramon Session accept his 4.5 million player option, and be our backup point guard(still pissed about this), but since this is actually a viable option, and makes the Lakers better in the back court, at the 1 and 2 position, I say make it happen.
Love to see the Lakers find a way of getting a defensive minded CHEAP backup small forward, by using the following players(Chris Duhon, Earl Clark, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Robert Sacre). I like Ebanks, but I don't want to rely on him as my second small forward off the bench. A player like a Harrison Barnes, would have been an absolute godsend here off the bench for the Lakers, but that's just not reality, unfortunately.
I would love in a perfect world(i.e. dream world) for the Lakers to get a blue chip small forward to backup Artest(i.e. Harrison Barnes, Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist) that would come CHEAP, and be an MASSIVE help to our bench, however IT ISN'T REALITY, and we have nothing that can allow this to come to fruition, which is quite sad. However, a blue chip small forward here(like these two-especially Barnes), would be a godsend. We also need help at backup point guard(thank you Ramon Sessions, for bailing on us), would also like to add a player who can be a stretch 4-5 for the bench, someone who has the game of Kenyon Martin defensively, but who conducts himself like a professional on and off the court and is a good mentor(like Etan Thomas). Can the Lakers incorporate a lobotomy into Kenyon's contract?