Lakers News: Free-Agency and NBA Draft Developments from Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs the past two seasons after reaching the postseason eight consecutive years. However, there is a sense of buzz and excitement rather than despair surrounding the Purple and Gold.

After all, the future is bright in Hollywood.

Los Angeles landed the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft lottery, a loaded free-agency class is about to hit the open market and last year’s first-round pick, Julius Randle, will be healthy again next season. The Lakers will have a completely different look in 2015-16.

With that in mind, here is a look at the latest news from Los Angeles surrounding free-agency and draft decisions facing the legendary franchise.


DeMarre Carroll Could Be Hollywood-Bound 

DeMarre Carroll is set to be a free agent this offseason, and he picked the perfect time to turn in a career year.

The Atlanta Hawks swingman averaged career highs in points per game (12.6) and three-point percentage (39.5) in 2014-15 and established himself as a valuable defender and wing scorer during Atlanta’s run to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News noted Los Angeles would like that production in its lineup next year: “There's a long list of teams already prepared to pursue Carroll this year, including the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons. ... The Lakers, a source said, have big-time interest in Carroll.”

That defense and scoring ability would be critical in Los Angeles, especially given Carroll’s position as a small forward. The Lakers’ core next season will revolve around Bryant, Randle, a potential big man in the draft and young point guard Jordan Clarkson. There is a glaring need for more depth on the wing.

Carroll could slide right into the starting lineup if he elects to sign with the Purple and Gold. 
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers