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Sport Tracker and Thread: Every player the Lakers have been connected to in free agency

07:00  03 august  2021
07:00  03 august  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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The 2021 NBA free agency moratorium, when teams can begin negotiating with players, officially opens on Monday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. PT. But the rumors about where this year’s free agents will go started well, well before then. And in what has become an annual tradition on this website, we’ll be trying to keep track of all of them.

So without further ado, below is a list of every Lakers free agent and player they’ve been connected to in free agency, sorted alphabetically in two lists: Players that are still available that have been connected to the Lakers (including their own free agents!), and players that are reportedly heading elsewhere.

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Available players connected to the Lakers

Rudy Gay holding a sign © Graphic via Zain Fahimullah / Silver Screen and Roll

Andre Drummond

  • Drummond was noncommittal about returning to the Lakers when asked about it during his exit interview. He later called a fan asking him to take the veteran’s minimum on Instagram to return “drunk” and blasted the team’s coaching staff for not playing him more.
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote that the Heat could have renewed interest in Drummond after previously trying to sign him before he chose to join the Lakers midseason.

Andre Iguodala

  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that Iguodala was a candidate to join the Lakers this summer.

Avery Bradley

  • Shams Charania of The Athletic reported after the Houston Rockets waived Bradley that “contenders and teams that Bradley previously played for are expected to have strong interest in him.” While he didn’t explicitly name the Lakers, they are both a contender and team Bradley previously played for.

Carmelo Anthony

  • According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, “multiple league personnel” expect Anthony to try and chase a ring with the Lakers. And Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times confirmed that Anthony wants to join the Lakers, and is just waiting to get a call when free agency opens.
  • However, NBA insider Marc Stein is reporting that the Knicks and Lakers are currently in a recruiting war for Anthony.
  • His close friend and Lakers star LeBron James has previously openly lobbied through the media for his banana boat buddy to join the team.

Danny Green

  • Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the Lakers are pursuing a reunion with their former starting shooting guard in free agency.

DeMar DeRozan

  • League insiders expected DeRozan to consider heading home to Los Angeles on a discount, but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the possibility of him doing so was “eliminated” when the Lakers traded Kyle Kuzma, who the Spurs would have taken for DeRozan in a theoretical sign-and-trade.
  • Sam Amick of The Athletic similarly reported that DeRozan “had serious interest in finding a way to play for his hometown Lakers via sign-and-trade with San Antonio, but the Westbrook move ended that possibility.”
  • Previously, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that DeRozan would be willing to take a pay cut to join the Lakers, and DeRozan called joining the team he grew up rooting for “a great opportunity.”

Dennis Schröder

  • Veteran NBA insider Marc Stein reported that the Lakers were giving off “vibes” that they wanted to move on from Schröder even before their trade for Russell Westbrook.
  • Brian Windhorst of ESPN wrote that Schröder is expected to draw interest from Billy Donovan (his former Thunder head coach) and the Chicago Bulls. The Knicks are also expected to express interest in Schröder, according to multiple reports.
  • Schröder and the Lakers have not had a lot of contact with the Lakers prior to free agency, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, but the Lakers are still interested in making a sign-and-trade for Buddy Hield work, potentially involving Schröder.

Jared Dudley

  • Dudley has said he is “1,000%” returning to the Lakers for a third straight season. He was also in attendance at the dinner where LeBron and AD recruited Russell Westbrook. So, yeah.

Markieff Morris

  • Morris has previously said he hopes to finish his career with the Lakers.

Patty Mills

  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Mills was a name to watch for the Lakers, and NBA insider Marc Stein reported he was among the “prime free agents of interest” for the team.

Rudy Gay

  • Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report wrote that Gay is expected to consider taking a pay cut to join the Lakers.

Talen Horton-Tucker

  • As with Caruso, Horton-Tucker is expected to have “multiple suitors” in free agency. The New York Knicks have been linked to him.
  • The Lakers made Horton-Tucker a restricted free agent and can match any offer for him.

Wesley Matthews

  • Matthews said repeatedly his exit interview that he wants to “run it back” for a second year in purple and gold.

Players who actually signed with the Lakers

Carlos Boozer, Wayne Ellington are posing for a picture © Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Dwight Howard

  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Howard is “ready to return” for a third stint with the Lakers when free agency begins.
  • Kyle Goon of the O.C. Register added that Howard “might be in the mix to return.”
  • NBA Insider Marc Stein wrote that Howard’s return to the Lakers is viewed in league circles as “inevitable.” Soon enough, he was proven right, as Dwight is back.

Kent Bazemore

  • Bazemore was literally never connected to the team by rumors prior to free agency, but is joining the roster nonetheless on a one-year deal.

Trevor Ariza

  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that Ariza was a candidate to join the Lakers this summer, and shortly after free agency started, he came to terms with the team on a deal to return.

Wayne Ellington

  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that Ellington has interest in returning to the Lakers, who he played for during the 2014-15 season, and NBA insider Marc Stein wrote that Ellington was among the “prime free agents of interest” for the team.
  • Less than two hours into free agency, he was a Laker (again).

Players connected to the Lakers who went elsewhere

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Alex Caruso

  • Zach Lowe of ESPN reported that Caruso would have “multiple suitors” in free agency, and he quickly agreed to terms with one, leaving for the Bulls less than three hours into free agency.
  • Before the season ended, the Lakers were “confident” they could get Caruso to return because he loved playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, something he’s said will factor into his eventual decision.

Ben McLemore

  • McLemore said “we’ll see” when asked at his exit interview whether or not he’ll be back with the Lakers.
  • We saw, and he left for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Goran Dragic

  • The Miami Heat exercised their team option on Dragic, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, likely plan to use his contract in a trade.
  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times originally reported that Dragic was among the “names to look out for” for the Lakers.

Jeff Green

  • Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that Green was among the “names to look out for” for the Lakers, but Green ultimately signed with the Nuggets.

Reggie Bullock

  • Bullock is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.
  • Marc Berman of The New York Post had previously reported that the Lakers, Sixers, Celtics and Knicks are expected to chase Bullock in free agency. Bullock last played for the Lakers in 2019 following a midseason trade.

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