The NBA free agency period is about seven hours in and the Los Angeles Lakers have not made any moves. It is not a shocker. The Lakers are not expected to sign any big-name free agent until next year, but there are rumblings so far that the Lakers are involved with a few players.
The Lakers are more than likely going to begin the season with Lonzo Ball as the team’s staring point guard. It does not mean the team will not try to bring in a veteran point guard to help groom the 19-year-old UCLA product.
Los Angeles has been linked to reaching out to Rajon Rondo about a possible deal. Rondo was waived by the Chicago Bulls before free agency kicked off Friday night. He did not have a great stint with Chicago, but could have a chance to develop something great in Los Angeles. Plus, even he could learn some pointers from Magic Johnson about his own playing style. It would be a win-win for Rondo.
The other player the Lakers have reportedly reached out to is Andre Iguodala. He could bring a winning attitude to a team that has not seen a whole lot of Ws on the board in the last five seasons. Iguodala was just in three straight NBA Finals, winning two of them. He could teach some of the younger players what it means to win ball games and develop a winning attitude for the future of the club.
Those are the two players the Lakers will most likely make substantial inroads with.
One more bit of information that crossed the wire in the middle of chaos was something about Paul George‘s future.
The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired George on Friday for a relatively small package. George will now pair up with Russell Westbrook, but is still on a one-year deal. Sources close to George’s camp told the Los Angeles Times that George is still planning on signing with the Lakers in 2018 despite the trade.
The 2017-18 season is going to be a long one, but if the Lakers can attain some good pieces to make it more attractive for George, then that is what they should do. The pieces are there and the next couple of hours and days will be key in determining the future of the franchise.