This is the fourth in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class.
Player: Brandon Rush
Former team: Golden State Warriors
Type of free agent: Restricted
Positives: The Lakers' most pressing need this offseason involves bolstering their three-point shooting. There's no better candidate than Rush to improve the Lakers' 39.5% mark in 2011-12, which ranked 25th in the league. Rush shot 45% from downtown last season with Golden State, and his presence would significantly help spread the floor and make the double teams on Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol less persistent. It's possible Rush's shot could become even more dangerous than his career average (41.3%) because he'll receive more open looks because of the Lakers' Big Three.
Rush may not offer the qualities Matt Barnes offered in making sharp cuts to the basket, making effective swing passes and hustle plays. But L.A. expected to let Barnes walk, the Lakers will need to fill that small forward position. It's understandable if they put more value in addressing their poor outside shooting than finding a role player who performs the intangibles.