The Lakers might come up empty-handed this offseason.
Los Angeles could struggle to sign a top free agent this summer to pair with star LeBron James, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday during an appearance on the network’s mock draft show.
“This is an organization that is in a win-now mode with LeBron James. They’ve got to find, and very likely via trade, a co-star for LeBron James, because right now they are not a front-runner or even really a major consideration among any of the elite free agents."
The Lakers have reportedly been interested in dealing for star Anthony Davis since January and the Pelicans have begun listening to offers for him, according to an earlier report from ESPN. New Orleans is asking for an “All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks” in exchange for Davis, that report says.
The Lakers have been linked to Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. Kyrie Irving has also reportedly become “more open” to joining Los Angeles.