5 Potential Lakers free agent targets with ties to head coach JJ Redick

JJ Redick is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. What might that mean for what the Lakers hope to do in free agency?
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Eric Gordon, Player Option

This one is a bit of a reach, but JJ Redick interviewed Eric Gordon on The Old Man & the Three in December. It was a near hour-long conversation in which they spoke about a surplus of topics, including their history as opponents from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers rivalry.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Gordon would be willing to play on a team that Redick is coaching, but they have a strong rapport that could translate well to the court.

Gordon, 35, has averaged at least 12.4 points per game in each of his 16 NBA seasons. He's one of the better shooters in the Association, boasting a career mark of 37.1 percent across his 886 regular season appearances.

Considering the Los Angeles Lakers need shooters who can come in off the bench and provide instant offense, Gordon is an appealing option.

Signing a player who's 35 years of age would certainly be risky, but Gordon's value has been consistent. He excels at working both with and without the ball, and has 64 games of postseason experience that showcase his ability to step up on a big stage.

With a player option worth $3,356,271 for the 2024-25 season, it's conceivable that Gordon could opt out and potentially sign with the Lakers for the veteran's minimum.