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The Lakers have reportedly reached out to reps for Seth Curry (Update: He’s signing with the Mavs)

Seth Curry has long been a popular free agent target for Lakers fans, and the latest NBA free agency rumors suggest that he’s a target for the team as well.

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UPDATE: The Los Angeles Lakers may have been interested in Seth Curry, but he is instead signing with the Dallas Mavericks as L.A. continues to wait on Kawhi Leonard. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, and Marc Stein of the New York Times had the contract details:

Original story follows.

Regardless of if the Los Angeles Lakers use all of their approximately $32 million in salary cap space on one star or elect to spread it among multiple players, the team will need shooters around LeBron James and Anthony Davis next season. To that end, they’ve reached out to one of the best available on the market: Seth Curry.

The other numbers get even better:

In short: Curry would instantly give the Lakers their most capable shooter in quite some time.

It’s unknown exactly how much Curry will cost, but in a league that values shooting as much as ever, he would seemingly only be a real option for the Lakers if they’re splitting up their cap space for a few role players rather than using the limited means they’d have at their disposal if they signed another max player.

And regardless of how highly the Lakers value Curry, it’s unlikely that they’ll be chasing him very hard until they figure out what their star targets are going to do, and if guys like Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler, among several others, take their time, then Curry may have already been snapped up by a team that wasn’t in contention for those players and just wanted to make sure they closed the deal with him.

So the bottom line is that it’s a good thing the Lakers are targeting the right kinds of players and keeping their options open, but to call Curry a sure thing (or anything close to it) at this point would be doing all of us a disservice. This is good news, but also doesn’t mean much just yet. It’s okay to get excited, just don’t start photoshopping him and Leonard into the same photo right away.

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