Los Angeles Lakers Rumors Roundup For Sunday 5/24

Lakers rumors are already coming hard and heavy this offseason, and we're here to help you sift through everything and find the true juicy tidbits. Here's our Los Angeles Lakers Rumors Roundup For Sunday 5/24.

Lakers Have "Big-Time Interest" In Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market for frontcourt help both in the draft and in free agency, and they might not be able to do much better than rising Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll.

Carroll has put himself on the national map with a banner postseason for Atlanta so far, and the Lakers -- amongst other teams -- have noticed.

Via Sean Deveney of the Sporting News:

“There’s a long list of teams already prepared to pursue Carroll this summer, including the Cetlics, Lakers and Pistons. He boosted his scoring average from 12.6 points to 16.2 before the injury, and was shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from the 3-point line. The Hawks want to keep Carroll, but his price has been driven up. With his defense and versatility, one league exec estimated his next deal at more than $15 million per year. The Lakers, a source said, have big-time interest in Carroll.”

Kevin Love To Leave Cleveland?

In a recent podcast with Grantland's Zach Lowe, ESPN's Brian Windhorst claims that Kevin Love's departure from the Cleveland Cavs this summer appears to be inevitable at this juncture.

“Every executive I talk to, every agent I talk to, every quasi insider, every girlfriend’s cousin’s sister’s boyfriend all says this guy is out of there,” said Windhorst.

While such hearsay may not mean as much as some people would think, it's still a positive sign for a Lakers team with money to spend and a need for a dynamic centerpiece in the frontcourt.

Lakers To Use #2 Pick In Free Agency Pitch?

The Los Angeles Lakers' work in free agency may have just gotten much easier with the team's drawing of the #2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

"I think it is something that helps out their sales pitch in a big, big way,” one agent said to the Sporting News. “The past couple of years, their pitch has sort of been, ‘Come play for us because we’re the Lakers and the weather is nice.’ That’s not enough. You’ve seen that. They have not had a direction, and that’s why players don’t want to go there.”

The prospects of playing alongside a franchise big man like Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke's Jahlil Okafor could lead to a ton more returned calls this time around in free agency.

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