Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Al Horford, Ryan Anderson and Free-Agent Targets

The Los Angeles Lakers have been more active than most so far in 2016 NBA free agency, though not to the best of reviews.

General manager Mitch Kupchak and the front office were quick out of the gates to take care of one of their own, coming to terms with shooting guard Jordan Clarkson, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

After that, things got a bit weird, with the Lakers inking center Timofey Mozgov to a deal worth $64 million, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. The team followed Saturday morning by inking veteran Luol Deng to a deal, according to Charania.

The good news is the Lakers don't seem anywhere close to done as free agency charges onward, so here's a look at the most important rumblings around the team.


Al Horford Update

This might better explain the Mozgov situation.

Many figured Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford would be a great fit with the Lakers. An obvious upgrade on Roy Hibbert, the veteran could give the lineup some veteran leadership and help mold the organization's future.

One problem—Horford has to want to take part in a rebuild.

According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Horford didn't want to play ball:

It's not the most shocking detail in the world. With the Hawks in the Eastern Conference, Horford was at least hitting the postseason most seasons. Nobody can assure the same thing with the Lakers in the deeper Western Conference.

In hindsight, Mozgov might seem like a deal compared to what Horford will get. Free agency is still young, too, so one has to think (hope) the recent moves are part of a much larger, cohesive plan.


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