The Los Angeles Lakers are usually more active in free agency than they’re expected to be in 2017, but with the team conserving their “sacred” 2018 cap space they’ve been a bit quieter than normal.
The team also doesn’t have a whole lot of roster space to work with if it plans to sign all four of its 2017 draft picks, as they would leave the roster at 13 players even with the front office waiving Tarik Black on the first day of free agency before his salary became guaranteed for the 2017-18 season. Teams can carry 15 players in the regular season, along with two two-way contracts.
However, “quiet” doesn’t mean “completely inactive.” The Lakers are still reaching out to various free agents on the market as we enter the summer, and Silver Screen and Roll will be attempting to track every (reputable) rumor below. Bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it throughout free agency with the latest news of meetings, phone calls and signings throughout the offseason:
- The Lakers have reached out to Nick Young’s representatives (Update: Young has signed with the Warriors)
- The Lakers called Rajon Rondo on the first night of free agency, but they’re reportedly doing background research on him and won’t “rush in” to signing him (Update: Rondo has signed with the Pelicans)
- The Lakers spoke with former Luke Walton teammate and Rob Pelinka client Andre Iguodala in free agency’s opening hours (Update: He re-signed with the Warriors).
- The Lakers spoke with Ben McLemore on July 1 (Update: He signed with the Grizzlies).
- The Lakers made contact with one of their own free agents, Tyler Ennis.
- The Lakers had a meeting with Dion Waiters on July 2. He is still deciding between the Lakers, Knicks and HEAT (Update: He re-signed with the HEAT).
- The Lakers met with George Hill on July 3 to talk about a one-year deal (Update: He signed with the Kings).
- Jamal Crawford reportedly wants to play with Lonzo Ball on the Lakers if he’s bought out (Update: Crawford plans to sign with Minnesota).
- The Lakers are “pursuing” Rodney Stuckey as they continue to look for backcourt help.
- The Lakers have “significant interest” in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, reportedly as part of their pursuit of LeBron James because of course that’s why (Update: The Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope)
- The Lakers are reportedly interested in Ian Clark
- The Lakers might have interest in Isaiah Canaan
- The Lakers want to sign a veteran mentor for Lonzo Ball.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.