Our nation's birthday brought with it the news that LaMarcus Aldridge is taking his talents to San Antonio, but there's plenty of other intrigue to be had -- ESPECIALLY surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers. Here's our Lakers Free Agency Rumors Roundup For July 4th.
Jeremy Lin Update
According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, there are "active conversations" ongoing surrounding free agent guard Jeremy Lin on the open market. While Medina didn't mention any potential destinations by name, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Dallas Mavericks are "firmly in mix for Jeremy Lin — who broke into NBA as a Dallas summer leaguer — but Lin can make more money elsewhere."
Lin averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists for the Lakers in 2014-15. He's a solid pick-and-roll threat but remains prone to turnovers and struggles to keep up with his defensive assignments.
Wesley Johnson To The ATL?
The incumbent Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers remain the going frontrunners for the services of free-agent small forward Wesley Johnson, but the Eastern Conference's #1 seed in the 2015 NBA Playoffs is lurking in the background.
Per Shams Charania of RealGM, "aside from L.A. teams, Atlanta is a strong candidate for free agent Wesley Johnson, league sources tell RealGM. He’s awaiting right deal." Johnson averaged 9.9 points per game on 41% shooting (35% from beyond the arc) in 76 contests with the Lakers in 2014-15.
Lakers Took A Pass On Tobias Harris?
Before he re-signed with the Orlando Magic on Friday on a four-year, $64 million deal, 22-year-old forward Tobias Harris was rumored to be a top target of the Lakers during this year's free agency period.
However, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports that neither the Lakers nor the New York Knicks -- another big-market squad who reportedly had eyes for Harris -- reached out to his representation at any point in the past few days.
Harris averaged 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 34.8 minutes per game for Orlando this past season. However, his inflated price tag on the current market may have been enough to scare Los Angeles off.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed