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Report: Lakers in the mix for Al Horford

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Get ready for a slew of "team X is interested in talented free agent X" rumors, as it's that time of year.

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Can someone pinch me, or something? Am I wake, or do I dream? Is the Lakers' front office making sense, or did I just jinx it? Dang it, I definitely just jinxed it. Well, for now, let's just revel in the smart decision making that's guided this offseason as just after we received news the Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram second overall on draft nightMarc Stein of ESPN gave us a glimpse of their free agency plans.

Al Horford, the skilled big man who's spent the last nine years with the Atlanta Hawks is among those the Lakers (and other teams) are interested in. He'd fit perfectly in a lineup of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Ingram and Julius Randle and typing this sentence brought a smile to my face.

Now, Horford would undoubtedly need to be sold on the idea of going from a perennial playoff team in Atlanta to joining a rebuild still in its early stages, but the Lakers would still have enough money to sign another notable free agent to join him. At the very least, a reunion with his frontcourt partner back at the University of Florida (Joakim Noah) seems feasible and would be a pretty cool story.

I also feel it's important to add how rare it is a move like this takes place with the Lakers, as they almost never leak anything, but get ready to hear free agents tied back to Los Angeles throughout the offseason, as it's kind of what agents are paid to do. Regardless, Horford makes a ton of sense and his being connected to the Lakers is very logical for everyone involved.

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