Lakers Rumors: Rounding Up Buzz on Amar’e Stoudemire and Free-Agent Targets

There are two ways to look at the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency right now. 

One, the team just isn't an attractive destination anymore. Kobe Bryant's still around, the team has two young rookies and the rebuild remains a few years out.

Two, all the above is bunk. As some information below will reveal, the team remains in the hunt for major names. When such a realization hits, it becomes clear the front office is just being more careful than usual about its rebuilding process.

Door No. 2 makes the most sense. The Lakers may not swing a major name this offseason, but it's clear the front office won't sacrifice its budding talent in an act of desperation, either.

With the approach in mind, here's a look at the latest.


Taking Out an Insurance Policy

There is a scenario in which the Lakers miss out on every big-name forward through various avenues this offseason, meaning the team needs a backup plan.

This is especially the case after the team declined Jordan Hill's option, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Now, the Lakers would like Hill back, but if it doesn't work out, they will need to look elsewhere for help at both power forward behind Julius Randle and at center. One such name continuing to pop up is veteran Carlos Boozer.

Medina reported the interest: "Among the teams that expressed interest in re-signing him included the Lakers, Clippers, San Antonio, Portland, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Washington and Miami, according to a league source familiar with the situation."

Boozer's name won't blow anyone away, but he's a necessary insurance plan if it turns out the Lakers need to develop another year and then gun for major names.

Last year, Boozer averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds on 23.8 minutes per night with the Lakers. So long as Randle stays healthy, the role would see a reductio...

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