Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers News: Lakers seeking Bledsoe, Bosh, and Thomas through Free Agency

While looking after franchise players LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, Slam Magazine reported there are other free agents that the Lakers have their eyes on. Eric Bledsoe, Chris Bosh, and Isaiah Thomas are on the list.



Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas are both restricted free agents.  If the Lakers make an offer and their respective teams match the offer, they had back to the original teams.  Mitch Kupchak has a busy summer now that the draft is over, but there’s no doubt that Laker management is doing what they can to replenish the team’s roster full of talent to compete for a championship.

They are swinging for the fences in the free agency market.

Eric Bledsoe may ask for the maximum contract, even if LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are more deserving.  The ultra-athletic guard has developing point guard skills.  He also has unrivaled speed, quickness, and an ability to finish around the rim.  He can dance around defenses and finish in the paint with great effectiveness.

Chris Bosh may be more of a modern NBA fit than Pau Gasol.  Other teams are contact Pau Gasol as well.  Gasol is the better playmaker, but Bosh is the better athlete, younger, and better finisher.  Bryant would love to finish his career with Gasol, but the money has to work out as well.  It’s possible from the Lakers point of view, that Pau Gasol may be asking too much.

Isaiah Thomas may not be asking for the maximum contract.  What makes him interesting as a restricted free agent is, it’s difficult to measure what he’s worth in the NBA.  He’s a jitterbug of a point guard and has had great games against the Lakers.  He’ll surprise defenses with his quickness, shooting ability, and ability to breakdown a defense.

While these guys aren’t LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, they would make excellent pieces next to either of them in building a balanced roster full of talent.


Tags: Chris Bosh Eric Bledsoe Free Agency Isaiah Thomas Lakers

  • wangkon936

    We have a better chance with these guys then we do with Carmelo and Lebron. We shouldn’t over focus on them and under focus on these great young players.

    • Mike Garcia

      Can’t blame the Lakers for wanting established franchise players. That plays into the Win Now mentality. If the Lakers can land Bledsoe and Bosh, that would be a huge off-season for the Lakers.

    • socalchargin

      If the front office keeps waiting for carmelo and lebron those guys will be signed and we will get stuck with scrubs…now jodie meeks and Chris kaman just signed else where and our current center is sorry ass Sacre what a joke…

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Kyle lowry said he was choosing between the Lakers, Raptors&Rockets & Eric is a rfa, Phoenix might match any offers. So we probably have a better chance at Lowry. So if it happened, we have the PG we need. Now go after Lace Stephenson& Nick Young. Then get Ariza possibly 4yr40mil. Then get Josh McRoberts&resign Jordan Hill. Go after Bosh also. Sign Renaldo Woodridge(undrafted), sign(DeAndre Kane),&Resign Xavier Henry. Starters:Kyle Kobe ARIZA Julius Bosh
    Bench: Lance Nick Clarkson Hill Xavier Kane McRoberts Renaldo Sacre Kelly Nash (somehow get rid of him)

    • Matty G

      you don’t know what the fuck your talking about you dumb shmuck

  • Rangers

    Bledsoe max money is 15 mill a year, not 20+ like other seasoned vets. He will be a top 5 pg in the league.

    Bledsoe, kobe, melo, randle would be major improvement… Just need to get rid of Nash’s contract.