6 Free agents who should be on Lakers' summer wish list

The Lakers should try to land these free agents in the offseason.

Los Angeles Lakers, DeMar DeRozan
Los Angeles Lakers, DeMar DeRozan / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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1. DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan thought he was headed to the Lakers in 2021 before agreeing to a sign-and-trade with the Bulls. Ultimately, LA chose Russell Westbrook over DeRozan in a disastrous move that did not work. The 6’6 wing will be an unrestricted free agent again this summer with an interest in returning home.

DeRozan is an elite scorer. He has dropped over 20 points per game for 11 straight years. The 34-year-old is also a strong playmaker and a master in the mid-range. DeRozan may cramp the Lakers’ spacing, but his ability to get buckets would be a significant boost.

DeRozan is making $28.6 million this season, so dropping to the taxpayer mid-level would be a massive pay cut. The Lakers would likely have to figure out a sign-and-trade to bring DeRozan home. It would involve the veteran taking less money and the Lakers giving the Bulls a draft pick but could keep all parties happy.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be active and aggressive in free agency. They know they need to put more talent around LeBron James if they plan on contending. The Lakers are known for landing free agents, but this class lacks star power. Stay tuned to see what Rob Pelinka and the front office can make happen this summer.