The Lakers know their chances for landing top-tier free agents is not nearly as high as it used to be. Kawhi Leonard, for example, had his eyes set on the Lakers a year ago, only for the Clippers to take over the top of the list by the time LeBron got there in July.
In response, Rob Pelinka and the rest of team management have a few other options in mind, including Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.
The Lakers have other players they’re targeting in trades, according to league sources,” writes Sean Deveney of Sporting News. “Chief among them is Wizards guard Bradley Beal, though with the Wizards not yet hiring a front office honcho, no decision has been made whether to trade Beal. But LA will be in position to make an attractive offer if Beal is put on the block.
There’s also interest in point guard Kyle Lowry, who could be available if the Raptors lose Kawhi Leonard in free agency. Because of Lowry’s age (33) and contract ($33 million for next season), the Lakers could bring him in for a relatively limited outgoing package.
As far as big men go, Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors has made the list.
Another guy who, according to sources, the Lakers have an interest in is big man Derrick Favors. The Jazz have a team option on Favors that must be exercised by July 6 or he will be a free agent.
With LeBron James, the Lakers are on the clock to find some talent. The sum of Kuzma, Lonzo, Ingram and old school veterans is not going to cut it (as this past season has made abundantly clear). While they would obviously love to sign one of the bigger names available, they might have to settle for a trade involving Beal, Lowry, of Favors — or maybe even make a trade for them after acquiring a guy like Kevin Durant.
Nevertheless, this team will have their work cut out for them as they look to redeem one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.