With some free agents, silence is the approach taken as they determine the next team they play for, a la Wesley Matthews. The veteran free agent was a valuable piece for the Lakers late in the season but has had effectively no reports this offseason linking him with a return to the Lakers or any other team, for that matter.
Other free agents, like James Ennis, like to do things a bit more...publicly. Ennis is one of the few remaining free agents who could be an impactful piece of the rotation potentially. And with the Lakers having a number of open roster spots still to fill, Ennis is acutely aware of the possibility of him returning home.
On Twitter, Ennis has taken to liking tweets suggesting he joins the Lakers over recent days, the 21st-century version of tipping your hand.
James Ennis has some very interesting likes on Twitter pic.twitter.com/vtIuB9CQV5— Lake Show Life (@TheLakeShowLife) August 19, 2021
In Ennis’ defense, it appears he has generally been liking all tweets encouraging him to sign with various teams, including the Magic that he played for last season.
Ennis’ excitement to play for the Lakers is understandable on multiple fronts. As mentioned, Ennis is a Ventura native who attended and graduated from Ventura High School before eventually attending Long Beach State University.
The Lakers also are a contender that could use Ennis’ services. At this stage in free agency, most unsigned players have to choose between either playing rotation minutes for a non-contender or spot minutes for a contender. Ennis is uniquely positioned as a 3-and-D forward to play minutes for a contender like the Lakers immediately.
Ennis showcased an ability to knock down open 3-pointers after shooting 43.3% from range last season. At 6’6” with a wingspan an inch under seven feet, Ennis has the tools to be impactful defensively as well. And with the Lakers lacking true small forwards outside of LeBron James, Ennis is a signing that would make sense.
And Ennis appears aware of all of this information as he goes about on social media this summer. It may not lead to the Lakers signing him but you can hardly fault Ennis for being excited about being another Laker to come home this offseason.