The Los Angeles Lakers are in dire need of depth in their frontcourt and are one of several teams that have reached out to unrestricted free agent Ed Davis, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Davis put up career-high numbers in his lone season with the Lakers, making the most of having extra attention in Los Angeles. His decision to decline the $1.1 million player option attached to his contract came as no surprise, but both sides have expressed interested in working out a new agreement.
Four other "undisclosed" teams put in a call to Davis once free agency began, according to Medina. Davis proved to be one of the gems the Lakers found on their roster, but could have played himself out of LA's salary range. The Lakers are focused on acquiring frontcourt talent this summer, meeting with both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan within the first 24 hours of free agency. Los Angeles will also meet with Kevin Love.
Davis could be a nice addition to the Lakers' frontcourt going forward if both sides can come to an agreement on terms of his contract. Ed is seeking a two or three year deal worth $7-8 million per year, or a one-year deal worth $9-10 million, per Medina. That's a large chunk of the Lakers' cap space, making it hard to see path where Los Angeles offers the kind of value Davis is looking for.
The Lakers are reaching out to a variety of players with the gate of free agency officially opening. Bringing back Davis isn't a bad fall-back option depending on how the first few days of the process pan out.