The Los Angeles Lakers will have an opportunity to put the negativity and inconsistency of the 2014-15 season behind them come free agency in July, especially if they can woo an impact name or two to Hollywood. Who should the Lakers target? Here's our list of the 3 Free Agents The Los Angeles Lakers Need To Pursue This Offseason.
C Marc Gasol
Gasol is much more than just a force in the low post. The 7-foot-1, 265-pounder also has the shooting touch and passing skills necessary to functions as a versatile franchise big man for the Lakers for years to come. He average a career-best 17.4 points per game with Memphis this past regular season and, while it's going to take an epic recruiting pitch to bring him in, the Lakers need to at least make an effort in order to show that they're willing to swing for the fences.
C Greg Monroe
If they can't lock down Gasol, going younger with Greg Monroe wouldn't be a bad consolation prize. The Lakers were connected to the Detroit Pistons center in sign-and-trade talks last year and trade rumors once again this year, and his evolving offensive arsenal and bruising work in the low post would be a perfect building block for the Lakers to work with going forward.
G Goran Dragic
The Miami Heat are reportedly expected to offer Dragic the max if/when he uses his opt-out clause this summer. However, if they're unwilling to go the full $100 million to bring him back, the Lakers would be well-served to swoop in and make an offer to Dragic that he can't refuse. Franchise point guards (or even hybrid guards) with Dragic's aggressiveness and will to win don't come knocking very often, to the Lakers would be well served to jump into negotiations if given the chance.
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