Ranking Lakers free agents by likelihood to return next season

The Los Angeles Lakers have 10 players entering free agency in 2024. Who is most likely to be re-signed and who might be on their way out this summer?
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10. Skylar Mays, RFA

Skylar Mays appeared in 38 games for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2023-24, averaging 11.4 minutes per appearance. He logged two minutes or less in seven of his final eight appearances, however, and that could be indicative of what the future holds.

Mays, 26, should get another shot at an NBA roster, but it just doesn't seem likely to transpire with the Lakers as they explore new options with their two-way contracts in 2024-25.

9. Harry Giles III, RFA

The Los Angeles Lakers signed center Harry Giles III to a two-way contract in March that makes him eligible for restricted free agency, per Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors. As such, it's entirely possible that the Lakers will bring Giles back for an affordable price in 2024-25.

After appearing in just seven games for the Lakers in 2023-24, however, it seems unlikely to occur.

8. Colin Castleton, RFA

While it's difficult to determine the future of a player who was on a two-way contract, Colin Castleton is someone who the Los Angeles Lakers may very well bring back in 2024-25. For one, he's a restricted free agent who the Lakers could likely re-sign at a low price.

The definitive question surrounding Castleton's future with the Lakers is how high a new head coach will be on him compared to Darvin Ham.