The Los Angeles Lakers are going to swing for the fences in free agency, already scheduled to meet with two of the top players available this summer. The drafting of D'Angelo Russell meant a shift to focusing on frontcourt talent in free agency, and making plays for both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan marks a clear direction from the front office.
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Ed Davis, Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer are all headed into unrestricted free agent, clearing out a huge chunk of salary that was allocated to frontcourt players. Elsewhere, the Lakers still need an established talent for the perimeter, and Wesley Johnson's contract also expires. A player like Tobias Harris could be a target for the Lakers, though his restricted status with the Orlando Magic makes him a gamble.
Ultimately the Lakers are hoping to find talent to fill out their roster. The youthful core that's coming together gives reason for much optimism, but there's still plenty of room for improvement across the board. Grabbing either Aldridge or Jordan would be a huge step for the Lakers, making it an even more competitive and attractive destination as they head into a new era.
We'll be updating free agency throughout the entire process here at Silver Screen & Roll, and will use this page as a main index of rumors and signings that occur during free agency. The flood gates open Tuesday night at 9 p.m. PT.
7/4: Aldridge signing with Spurs
7/3: Harris re-signs with Magic
Lakers' free agents
Unrestricted free agents
7/3: Rondo headed to Kings on one-year deal