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5 Reasonable Free Agent Targets For Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Reasonable Free Agent Targets

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Since Mike D’Antoni is no longer the Los Angeles Lakers coach, the organization can now work on restoring the franchise to being one of the most dominant in the NBA. The Lakers are guaranteed a top-6 pick in the upcoming draft, but they only have Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre under contract next year. Here are the top-5 reasonable free agent options for the salary-cap-conscious Lakers.

5. Jordan Hill

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5. Jordan Hill

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When healthy, Jordan Hill was one of the most productive per minute forwards in the NBA. Hill averaged ten points and seven rebounds per game while only playing in 21 minutes. He plays tough defense and rebounds the ball well while providing amazing energy in the process. Hill was paid $3.5 million this past season and will command more money this offseason. Giving Hill a multi-year deal around $5 million a year will be worth it.

4. Pau Gasol

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4. Pau Gasol

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Pau Gasol will be testing the free agency for the first time in his career. With Mike D’Antoni gone, the Lakers still have a chance to bring back the Spaniard. Gasol will receive plenty of offers from teams in need of a veteran big man who probably still has the best post game in the league. The Lakers will not give him anything close to the $19 million that he made last year, but something around $10 million might retain Gasol’s services.

3. Darren Collison

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3. Darren Collison

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A good option as a potential starter could be current Los Angeles Clipper Darren Collison. Collison has a player option with the Clippers and can leave if he feels another team can offer him an better opportunity. He has proven himself as the starting guard on a good team as he led the Clippers to a 12-6 record while Chris Paul was out with a shoulder injury. The Lakers can also pay him more than the $1.95 million he's making this year.

2. Gordon Hayward

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2. Gordon Hayward

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Gordon Hayward has played for the Utah Jazz his entire career, so don’t feel bad if you do not know much about him. Hayward has developed into a very good shooting guard, and at 6-foot-8 he can guard several positions. Hayward has increased his production each year since being drafted from Butler and averaged 16 points, three assists and three rebounds a game this season. He could come in and start immediately.

1. Lance Stephenson

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1. Lance Stephenson

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If the Lakers are looking to make splash this offseason, the signing Lance Stephenson will do it. Stephenson is considered a secondary player for the Pacers, but he clearly has the tools to be star in this league. Stephenson is averaging career-high numbers across the board. In 78 games with Pacers, Stephenson averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game while shooting an efficient 50 percent from the floor.