The Los Angeles Lakers will be coming off their worst season in franchise history this summer and will need to make some drastic changes in order to right the ship before next season.
One of those changes could be signing free-agent-to-be Luol Deng. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Deng could be a potential signing for the Lakers this summer:
“Another possibility is Luol Deng. Currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, was traded there from Chicago at midseason, and has not entirely ruled out going back to Cleveland, but he will be a free agent this summer and is definitely on the Lakers’ radar.”
Deng will be one of the biggest names on the free agent market this summer with quite a few teams potentially interested in his services. Although Deng has been banged up over the past few seasons, the small forward would provide an upgrade defensively for the Lakers while also providing another scoring option.
Along with Deng, Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry will also garner a lot of interest on the open market this season. Gasol hasn’t ruled out a return to the Lakers, but all signs seem to point to him signing elsewhere with his focus being on winning another championship before calling it a career.
As for Lowry, it is uncertain if the Lakers have any interest in the up-and-coming point guard despite being frequently linked to him trade rumors over the last several years. Lowry would definitely be a upgrade in the backcourt, but may come at a cost that the team is simply unwilling to pay considering the team already having three point guards on the roster with Jordan Farmar, Kendall Marshall and Steve Nash.
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