After introducing D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown at the practice facility, free agency is quickly approaching for the Los Angeles Lakers. With the franchise also declining Jordan Hill’s $9 million team option, Los Angeles will have a projected $24 million in cap space.
With general manager Mitch Kupchak looking to add frontcourt pieces after passing on Jahlil Okafor, the Lakers have been linked to numerous players including current Los Angeles Clippers center, DeAndre Jordan. According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Jordan has received a call from Kobe Bryant:
Jordan has gotten a call from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the officials said. Bryant wanted Jordan to know the Lakers are interested.
It’d be safe to assume Bryant will continue to do the rounds in terms of courting players set to hit free agency on July 1. The Lakers are said to be targeting frontcourt players in free agency, meaning Kobe may also reach out to Kevin Love, Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Of the frontcourt players set to hit the free agent market this week, Aldridge may be the only realistic option for the Lakers. Rumors have circulated over the last few weeks that Aldridge is ‘leaning toward’ signing with the Lakers in free agency.[divide]