The Los Angeles Lakers may be quiet in Day 2 of free agency, but they've emerged as a team under "serious consideration" for free agent center Robin Lopez, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Lakers were granted a second meeting with big man LaMarcus Aldridge, but are also engaged in a battle with the New York Knicks to acquire Lopez's services.
The Knicks were discussing a deal with Robin worth $12-13 million per season, according to Wojnarowski. Omer Asik's five-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans makes for an expensive negotiation point for teams interested in an established center. The Lakers are running out of time to find a starting-quality five for their rotation, giving Lopez leverage with the terms of his contract.
Lopez would fit well next to Randle as a defensive center, and can give the Lakers' young backcourt a pick-and-roll partner that should help them develop. It's unclear if the Lakers would be offering a deal in a similar ball park. Both the Lakers and Knicks are awaiting word from DeAndre Jordan on his free agency decision, but are considered long shots to sign him this summer.