5 Restricted Free Agents the Lakers Should Target

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The Lakers have a lot of room to make moves this summer, and a lot of options to aim for. Outside of the possible superstars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh, there are a host of younger, potential-laden youngsters who are restricted free agents and players the Lakers could bring in for the future.

 

The trick with restricted free agents is finding the amount of money that won’t be matched by the opposing team, but also wouldn’t be considered an albatross of a contract. That fine line will likely be discussed and debated not only by the Lakers, but by most general managers around the league.

 

With a roster that can be completely reworked, the Lakers could be looking not only for an impact player, but one at the right price. Sure, having someone like Greg Monroe would be nice, but is he as nice on a max contract? Is Gordon Hayward worth a max contract himself? Let’s take a look not necessarily the best restricted free agents this off-season, but five they should target, and not necessarily in any sort of order.

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  • Jim213

    Must keep Bazemore and agree that Bradley may be a possibility but the rest will likely go for $5+ mil as they shouldn’t overpay a player given their tight cap currently. However, acquiring more draft picks (2 more?) come draft time may help them to spend a little more on a player who’s showed their worth IMO.

  • thomas rickard

    Depending on who the Draft pick is, Bledsoe could be the first big piece for the Lakers future, I only see an upside.

    • Noah Miller

      He would be great but the Suns will/should match any offer, even a max deal which will start at around 14 million per year. The Lakers might as well test the Suns ownership group to see if they are serious about keeping him and sign him to an offer sheet. The Suns owners are historically cheap but they did sign Eric Gordon to a max offer sheet so they are willing to pay for the right player.

  • Shorty (Gerald)

    I REALLY HOPE we can sign Bledsoe this off-season. Him, with our #7 pick (A. Gordon?) Could help shore up some of our defensive problems. Then next off-season we can go after Love or Aldridge.
    Pg: Bledsoe
    SG: Kobe
    SF: Bazemore/A. Gordon
    PF: Kelly
    C : Kaman
    I believe that this team could attract a marquee free agent (Love/Aldridge) and compete for a playoff spot

    • thomas rickard

      Kaman is a joke, his best days are gone, and unless he’ll play for minimum the Lakers have better use of their money, in fact for equal money I’d rather see Bynum back

      • Shorty (Gerald)

        I’m not saying Kaman is the “answer” at center. I’m saying for the right price(vets minimum) he’s a serviceable center. U put him next to a dominant PF (Love/Aldridge) and he can give u 12p 8r 1.5b per. + he can shoot the J, so he’ll help space the floor and allow Love/Aldridge to work inside.
        Basically, a good enough player that will outplay the vet’s minimum

        • thomas rickard

          Seems like he had a chance to play with on of the best ever in Dallas, and he’s just gotten older, and slower, while his mouth flaps wider more frequently, not sure witch creates a bigger problem on the bench.

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  • Robert

    You need to research the “poison pill” issue.
    It is officially known as the Gilbert Arenas provision, and is only available to 2nd round draft picks.
    As Eric Bledsoe was a first round draft selection, he is ineligible for the Gilbert Arenas “poison pill” provision. So the Lakers cannot offer him a “poison pill” contract.
    They can offer him up to a max contract, but Phoenix can match (and most likely will match) any offer.

    • Noah Miller

      This particular site has guys that have a very poor understanding of the CBA and everything surrounding the salary cap, free agent rules, etc.

  • Noah Miller

    Bazemore is the Lakers own free agent and isnt a guy that is going to get some large contract offer so I dont see how he is on this list, but he is a guy the Lakers should bring back, mainly because it is cost effective. If for some strange reason a team offers him anything more than 2 mill per year the Lakers need to pass.