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3 Free Agents the Lakers are Most Likely to Sign

Jason Schandl
Free agents the Lakers are most likely to sign in the NBA offseason.
Free agents the Lakers are most likely to sign in the NBA offseason. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images
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NBA free agency is going to be short and hectic this season, as the league works to cram an offseason in between the November 18th NBA Draft and the December 22nd opening of the regular season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be busy, as the defending NBA champs are set to lose a long list of contributors to free agency. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Dion Waiters and Jared Dudley are set to hit the open market, between them accounting for a combined 4,780 regular season minutes from last year — almost 28% of the Lakers' total.

With so many spots to fill, here are the three free agents the Lakers are most likely to sign in the abbreviated offseason.

3. Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF

Danilo Gallinari's free agent destinations could include the L.A. Lakers.
Danilo Gallinari's free agent destinations could include the L.A. Lakers. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Danilo Gallinari is set to be one of the top free agents in this year's class, and he'll be on the radar of just about every team that can afford him. Gallo said in an interview this offseason that playing for a championship is his top priority, and there's no better place to do that than with the Lakers. Capable of playing either forward spot, his ability to space the floor would allow him to slide nicely into a lineup alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

2. Serge Ibaka, PF/C

The Lakers could target Serge Ibaka in free agency.
The Lakers could target Serge Ibaka in free agency. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

If JaVale McGee declines his player option, the Lakers won't have a center on the roster. And even if he does, they'll certainly need more at the position. LeBron's friend Tristan Thompson is an obvious candidate, but the Lakers could make a big splash instead with Serge Ibaka. Ibaka transitioned well to the center position with the Toronto Raptors, posting his two highest total rebound rates since 2011 over the last two years. He also shot a very solid .385 from 3-point range last year, showing he's still a threat to space the floor when called to as well.

1. Goran Dragic, PG

Goran Dragic could be a great free agent fit for the Lakers.
Goran Dragic could be a great free agent fit for the Lakers. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

LeBron is obviously more than capable of handling point guard duties on offense, but beyond that the Lakers are very thin at the point. A vet like Goran Dragic can slide nicely into the role Rondo vacates as a traditional point guard, and his reasonable 3-point shooting (.363 from deep for his career, .367 last season) also makes him a more versatile fit in the lineup. Dragic has been banged up often in the last couple of years, but playing for an elite Lakers squad could also afford him extra rest days in the regular season, hopefully keeping him fresh come playoff time.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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