The Los Angeles Lakers have spoken to free agents Andre Iguodala and Rajon Rondo, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN also adds Ben McLemore to the list of players the Lakers have recently reached out to early in this free agency period.
This is an interesting group of players the team has reached out to early in the offseason. Veterans Iguodala and Rondo would add a lot of experience to a young team, but the price Iguodala is fishing for right now and will likely get doesn’t really match Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s offseasons plans this year. As for Rondo, who does have a bring baggage along with him to any locker room, as well as his limitations as an outside shooter doesn’t exactly match the vision and system the organization is trying to build.
McLemore though, is a young player who has nice size at 6″5 in the SG position and has the ability to stretch to floor with his jumpshot. Mostly an inconsistent player throughout his career so far, he’d be a low risk-high reward signing for the Lakers, as they could see for themselves how much of McLemore shortcomings were on him or simply just because of playing fro the Kings. They don’t cough up too much money thereby upholding their promise of keeping their cap space “sacred.”
Other notable free agents the Lakers could still target to address needs such as outside shooting and defense who are available (for now) are: Aaron Afflalo, Robert Covington, Tyreke Evans, Reggie Bullock and Ian Clark to name a few.