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2014 NBA Free Agency: Los Angeles Lakers Pursuing Lowry, Deng, Many Others

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The Los Angeles Lakers have almost a full roster to fill for the upcoming season, meaning they are expected to be big players in 2014 NBA Free Agency. Kobe Bryant’s massive two-year contract worth $23.5 million next season certainly makes work in free agency a little more difficult, but that hasn’t stopped the Lakers from picking up the phone early in often now that free agency is underway.

With teams able to contact players and agents starting at midnight on July 1, the Lakers have been one of the most consistently active teams on the open market. Seemingly, the Lakers have been mentioned as a team that’s contacted most of the big free agents on the market, including the likes of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The team is reportedly trying to set up meeting with both players.

Outside of the two biggest prizes in free agency, though, the Lakers are first looking to retain some of their roster from last season. L.A. has reportedly been in contact with the representatives for Nick Young, expressing an interest in re-signing the free-shooting guard. Moreover, the Lakers are one of the teams that have contacted big man Pau Gasol already in a move to try and re-sign him. Kent Bazemore is also on the list of players that the Lakers have contacted about re-signing in L.A.

Beyond the free agents they are looking to bring back in purple and gold, though, there are certainly more names to add to the list. There are reports that the Lakers have already contacted veteran wing Luol Deng with interest of bringing him to the City of Angels. The team has also reached out to Trevor Ariza in an attempt to bring the three-and-D specialist back to the Lakers. Not surprisingly, hot commodity Kyle Lowry and his people have also been in touch with the Lakers early in free agency. Restricted free-agent Chandler Parsons is another player the Lakers have their sights set on.

Obviously it’s not a legitimate possibility for the Lakers to sign all of the players that they’ve contacted thus far or the many others that they’re sure to contact in the near future. However, the fact that the Lakers are so forward in free agency talks and are looking to start rebuilding a talented roster that can compete is a good sign for the organization and the fans that suffered through an abysmal 2013-14 NBA season. It’s pretty clear the franchise is trying to assure that isn’t what happens this year.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.