There’s been a lot of speculation swirling around since the 2014-15 NBA season officially ended for the Los Angeles Lakers. The storied franchise is determined to right the ship as soon as possible and this summer will be crucial to that effort to improve the roster. Los Angeles will likely have a high lottery pick in the upcoming 2015 NBA draft and the cap space to make moves in NBA free agency.
Kevin Love is perhaps the team’s top target in free agency this summer if the veteran power forward decides to opt out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. If Love does opt out, Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding said on April 28 that he believes the Lakers have a great chance of landing the former UCLA star:
“They’re going to go after everybody they can. They want to spend their money this summer.
“I still think Kevin Love is a great possibility for the Lakers. Opting out of Cleveland, the Lakers really believe he can be a centerpiece still, I know there are a lot of mixed opinions on him in the league, but Kevin Love loves L.A. His girlfriend lives out here. There’s so many ties to Southern California. It just makes a tremendous amount of sense for him to be the one guy that really wants to come out here.
“Lakers would love to have some of these other guys like Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge. Some of these restricted free agents Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler or Draymond Green, but I’m not convinced they’ll be able to do any of those deals. Kevin Love is their best bet.”
With Love seemingly the team’s “best bet” as Ding suggests, the team will likely go all-out to sign the three-time All-Star this summer if he becomes available in July. Los Angeles will also put feelers out for Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe, but the team’s chances may be slim to land one of the three.
Aldridge is the only free-agent frontcourt player that has the rumors swirling around. Although many anticipate Aldridge simply re-signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that he leaves this summer after another early playoff exit.
Despite Aldridge’s potential availability, Love still remains at the top of the list of free agents that may seriously consider signing with the Lakers. Rajon Rondo is also a player that has been consistently linked to Los Angeles. It’s possible the Lakers land both players this summer and drastically improve their roster following a franchise-worst 21-win season.