The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into free agency this summer with Anthony Davis, LeBron James and (likely) max cap space. In this post, we’re going to be providing a list of who reliable sources have reported the team has shown interest in, and other free agency scuttlebutt.
Bookmark this page and check back, because we’ll be updating with each development on each player. Hopefully this helps you keep track of everything, and also illustrates just how much (sometimes conflicting) noise there is regarding all of this.
And most of all, as Silver Screen and Roll alumni Grant Goldberg said on Twitter:
WE READY FOR FREE AGENCY— Grant Goldberg (@GrantGoldberg) June 14, 2019
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Now, on to the list:
Guys the Lakers have come to terms with/signed:
- (7/6) Cousins will join the Lakers on a one-year deal as the team continues to flesh out its roster, in part because Davis recruited him.
- (7/5) Danny Green is signing with the Lakers.
- (7/3) Danny Green is hoping to decide on his free agency choice by Wednesday night.
- (7/2) Danny Green says he’s narrowed his options in free agency to the Lakers, Raptors and Mavericks.
- (7/1) According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Green wants to wait and see what Leonard does before deciding on his next destination.
- (6/30) Danny Green’s podcast co-host Harrison Sanford reported that the Lakers are among the teams expected to show interest in him. He also revealed that the team has already reached out.
- (6/27) According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Green is among the non-star options the Lakers will pursue if they can’t get a star to commit.
- (7/7) Bradley is being given the full room exception by the Lakers, meaning that the team can only add to the roster using veteran’s minimums from here on out.
- (7/6) Rondo is returning to the Lakers on a two-year deal.
- (6/17) Rondo reportedly wants to return to the Lakers, but while the team has interest, they appear to want to look at other options first.
- (7/6) The Lakers have reportedly come to terms with Caruso on a two a two-year, $5.5 million contract.
- (6/29) The Lakers made Caruso a restricted free agent earlier this week, and Zach Lowe of ESPN reports that there is “minor” buzz around his free agency.
- (7/5) McGee is returning to the Lakers in free agency.
- (7/3) According to Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press, McGee is waiting to see what Kawhi Leonard does before picking a destination, and Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle says McGee had a good meeting with the Rockets.
- (6/30) McGee has already reportedly met with the Houston Rockets, and will next meet with the Detroit Pistons, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
- (7/6) Cook is joining the Lakers after the Warriors rescinded his qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
- Daniels will join the Lakers on a one-year, minimum deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Guys the Lakers have been linked to:
- (7/3) Korver reportedly is an option for the Lakers once he is bought out, but they aren’t the only team pursuing him.
- (7/4) The Lakers are one of several teams linked to Holiday, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
Guys the Lakers were linked to that are off the board:
- (7/5) Kawhi Leonard is a Clipper. Welp.
- (7/5) We now know Kawhi Leonard wants to sign long-term in his next destination. We just still won’t learn where that destination is today.
- (7/4) Kawhi isn’t announcing his choice today, but his meeting with the Raptors was reportedly “impressive.”
- (7/3) Leonard won’t choose his destination on the third, and wants a few more days to think about it, according to Jabari Young of The Athletic, who also reports that Leonard hasn’t discussed two-year deals with any team.
- (7/3) Stephen A. Smith and Jared Dudley are both saying Kawhi Leonard is Lakers bound. Take that for what you will.
- (7/2) It sounds like Kawhi Leonard isn’t planning to make his decision quickly. The Lakers reportedly believe they’re the favorites to get him, but we aren’t getting many more leaks than that because his camp wants the process kept quiet.
- (6/30) Magic Johnson has reportedly spoken to Kawhi Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, over the phone. They have not set up an in-person meeting to discuss joining the Lakers yet, but their conversation was reportedly “positive.” It also appears that he will let Rob Pelinka into the Lakers’ pitch meeting, after it previously appeared that only Jeanie Buss would take part. Whatever the case, know those meetings won’t happen today, but we do know what Leonard has been attempting to learn from the Lakers.
- (6/29) LeBron James is planning to tell Kawhi Leonard that he’s willing to take a step back and let Leonard and Anthony Davis be the Lakers’ stars, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. Meanwhile, Leonard and Kevin Durant have also talked about potentially teaming up elsewhere, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, and the Clippers are trying to get him to join them along with Jimmy Butler.
- (6/28) Marc Stein of The New York Times reported that a lot of league insiders are starting to believe that the Lakers have a real chance to sign Leonard.
- (6/28) Per multiple reports, it looks like various combinations of Magic Johnson, Jeanie Buss, LeBron James and Anthony Davis will meet with Leonard and/or his camp in some form or fashion in free agency — Update: Johnson can’t be part of the official pitch, but he can still meet with Leonard on his own.
- (6/27) Leonard is planning to meet with the Lakers in free agency, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
- (6/26) Stein reported that part of the reason the Lakers think they have a chance with Leonard is because LeBron James has been recruiting him.
- (6/25) Earlier, Stein reported that the Lakers have been “quietly insisting” — for months, and even before trading for Anthony Davis — that they felt they have a chance at Leonard.
- (6/25) Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is saying that Leonard and his camp have “kept their eye” on the Lakers as a potential free agent option.
- (6/18) Wojnarowski originally reported that the Lakers are not seen as serious contenders for Leonard, and may not even get a meeting.
- (6/17) Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer reported that the Lakers will pursue Leonard this summer, as expected. He has said so multiple times.
- (6/30) Irving is off the table. He’s headed to the Nets.
- (6/29) The latest reports say that the Lakers would “love” to have Irving, but are pretty sure he’s already headed to the Nets. If they can’t get him — or Kawhi Leonard — it’s believed that they will “split” their cap space among multiple role players.
- (6/27) With max cap space in hand, the Lakers are planning to go after Irving, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
- (6/25) The Lakers’ plans may have changed, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN says the Lakers are now “rooting for” Kyrie Irving to go to the Nets so that they can chase their “top target,” D’Angelo Russell.
- (6/16) Someone close to LeBron James reportedly thinks that Kyrie Irving is “in play” for the Lakers, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. David Aldridge (also of The Athletic) also has heard that Irving has interest in playing with Anthony Davis.
- (6/29) It appears that Thompson is heading back to the Warriors.
- (6/27) According to Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times, Klay Thompson will consider the Lakers if the Warriors don’t offer him the max.
- (6/30) In a stunning turn of events, Russell is reportedly headed to the Golden State Warriors.
- (6/30) Marc Stein of The New York Times reports that the Timberwolves appear to be closing in on Russell.
- (6/29) The Timberwolves are now making a play for Russell, but the Lakers are in the process of setting up a meeting with their former point guard as well. They reportedly don’t plan to offer him a full max contract of around $27 million.
- (6/26) Shams Charania of The Athletic says the Lakers’ familiarity with Russell is part of the reason they have “serious” interest in Russell.
- (6/25) Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN says the Lakers are “rooting for” Kyrie Irving to sign with the Nets so that they can chase Russell, who has become their “top target.”
- (6/25) Wojnarowski was also the latest insider to report that Russell has “an open mind” about returning to the Lakers.
- (6/25) Zach Lowe of ESPN reports that “there is at least a kernel of truth to the Lakers’ interest in a reunion” with Russell, but adds that “L.A. has a lot to sort out” before that happens.
- (6/22) According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, now that Magic Johnson is gone, D’Angelo Russell might be open to a second stint in L.A.
- (6/30) The Sixers are sign-and-trading Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
- (6/29) It’s been a while since his name surfaced, but it seems Butler is still on the Lakers’ radar.
- (6/16) Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported in the aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade that Butler was a “top priority” for the Lakers.
- (6/14) Haynes reported earlier that the Lakers have “genuine interest” in Butler, who was seen sporting purple and gold shoes on Instagram earlier in the summer, fueling further speculation about his intentions for free agency.
- (6/30) Bullock has reportedly departed for the New York Knicks.
- (6/30) The Lakers have interest in bringing back Bullock, but according to David Aldridge of The Athletic, he’ll meet with the Knicks first.
- (6/30) Jordan is reportedly headed to Brooklyn to join Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
- (6/21) Brian Windhorst of ESPN said that Jordan “is a guy on the Lakers’ radar that they’re hoping they may able to get for relatively cheap because he wants to be back in L.A.”
- (6/30) Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Lopez is expected to head back to the Nets.
- (6/30) It sounds like the Lakers are still in the hunt for Brook Lopez.
Still hearing the Clippers, Lakers and Pelicans are among the main courters of Bucks unrestricted free agent center Brook Lopez. It would be, of course, a p.r home run if the Lakers brought him back.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) June 30, 2019
- (6/21) Brian Windhorst of ESPN said on a podcast that the Lakers are “sniffing around” Lopez.
- (6/16) Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that some within the Lakers are interested in bringing Lopez back in free agency this summer.
- (6/30) Walker has reportedly signed with the Boston Celtics.
- (6/29) All indications are that Walker is bound for the Boston Celtics.
- (6/16) In the aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade, there were two separate reports that Walker is a top target for the team in free agency.
- (7/1) Per multiple reports, Curry is headed to the Dallas Mavericks.
- (6/29) According to Broderick Turner of The L.A. Times, the Lakers have reached out to Curry’s reps ahead of free agency. It’s unclear just yet if they’ll meet or not.
- (6/27) According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Curry is among the non-star options the Lakers will pursue if they can’t get a star to commit.
- (6/30) Beverley is returning to the L.A. Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
- (6/29) The Lakers have reached out to Beverley in the final few hours before free agency officially begins, according to Broderick Turner of The L.A. Times.
- (6/27) Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports that the Lakers are one of a few teams to show some interest in Beverley, who is reportedly seeking a deal of three years in length and upwards of $40 million in money.
- (6/17) Beverley sent some cryptic tweets implying that the Lakers might be interested in him.
- (6/30) Ross is reportedly staying with the Magic.
- (6/27) According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Ross is among the non-star options the Lakers will pursue if they can’t get a star to commit.
- (6/30) Brogdon is reportedly working on sign and trade options to leave the Bucks, and is apparently trying to get to the Pacers. Regardless, he would seem to be off the board for the Lakers.
- (6/26) Marc Stein of The New York Times said on our podcast that Malcolm Brogdon is a potential Lakers target in free agency, although probably not their top one.
- (6/30) Muscala is heading to Oklahoma City to join the Thunder after half a season in L.A., according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
- (6/30) Favors is heading to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.
- (6/18) The Lakers might be one of the teams interested in Derrick Favors in free agency, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.
- (6/30) Portis is headed to the Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
- (6/18) The Lakers have some degree of interest in Bobby Portis, although how much isn’t exactly clear, and he’s not a perfect fit for the team.
- (7/1) According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Holmes is headed to the Sacramento Kings.
- (6/30) According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, the Lakers are one of several teams to have expressed interest in Holmes in free agency.
- (7/1) Kanter is headed to the Celtics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
- (6/26) Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the Lakers are among the teams that are “expected” to show interest in Kanter.
- (6/30) Gibson will reportedly head to the Knicks.
- (6/29) According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minneapolis, the Lakers will be among several teams with interest in Gibson.
- (7/2) Ennis is heading to the Sixers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
- (7/1) According to Ian Begley of SNY TV, the Lakers are one of a few teams with some level of interest in Ennis.
- (7/3) Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that McConnell is headed to the Pacers.
- (7/1) According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP, the Lakers are one of a few teams to express interest in McConnell.
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