Lakers News: Los Angeles Preparing To Offer Jimmy Butler A Max Contract?

The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to cast a wide net in free agency when it comes to potential marquee signings, and it appears that one guy on their list just happens to be the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2014-15.

According to RealGM's Shams Charania, the Lakers are one of several teams who could offer Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler a max deal or close to it this July:

Outside of Chicago, teams are already preparing possible maximum-salary offer sheets for Butler in free agency, including the Los Angeles Lakers as one of several expected suitors, league sources told RealGM. Even Butler’s college area connection, the Milwaukee Bucks, will have cap space in July. Around the league, there’s a question: How will Chicago handle the inevitable max out of a star player not named Rose?

Butler is considered a lock to return to Chicago, but that doesn't mean the Lakers won't put on the full-court press and see if they can sway him westward.

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