Lakers Rumors: Breaking Down Free-Agent Targets to Fill Frontcourt Need

The Los Angeles Lakers are slowly building a formidable roster, but adding a big-name free agent could accelerate the rebuilding process.

Adding No. 2 overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell to a lineup that should feature a healthy Kobe Bryant and talented young guard Jordan Clarkson would create a respectable backcourt. The problems come in the frontcourt, where the team has little hope for the future outside of last year's first-round pick, Julius Randle.

Fortunately, there are plenty of quality frontcourt targets available who could make an immediate impact with this team. Here is a look at some possibilities currently considering a future with the Lakers.


DeAndre Jordan

As one of the best interior defenders in the league, it's no wonder there is high demand for DeAndre Jordan this summer. According to's Chris Broussard, the Los Angeles Lakers are one of four teams that will meet with the center, along with the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.

The problem is the odds aren't exactly in the Lakers' favor, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Broussard says Jordan is currently "50-50" between the Clippers and Mavericks, although he also adds that "sources told ESPN that Jordan wants a bigger role in the offense and is tired of being a third wheel behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the team."

With the Lakers, Jordan could stay in the Los Angeles market while not even having to move. Meanwhile, he could have a bigger offensive role as the secondary option behind Bryant, truly developing his skills as a back-to-the-basket scorer.

From the Lakers' perspective, this would be a perfect fit, as the league's leading rebounder would join a team that recently declined the option of its previous top rebounder in Jordan Hill. The former Clippers star would bring th...

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