NBA rumors are swirling around Festus Ezeli. The Golden State Warriors big man becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Since there is a dearth of quality big men available in basketball, Ezeli will surely generate some interest from a couple of teams. According to the Sporting News, one of the teams that will come calling is the Los Angeles Lakers. The team needs someone to team up with Julius Randle in the front court.
Julius Randle is not a prototype power forward, so the Los Angeles Lakers need a certain type of player to handle the center position. Despite being 6’9″, 250 pounds, the former Kentucky Wildcats star likes to play away from the basket. The Lakers also intend to utilize him much like they did with Lamar Odom, he’ll be spending even more time on the perimeter. Someone like Festus Ezeli can handle all of the dirty work on the inside.
Signing with the Los Angeles Lakers would mean that Festus Ezeli can continue to play with two dynamic guards. With the Golden State Warriors, he’s playing with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Many consider that duo to be the best back court in the NBA. Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell aren’t nearly as good as Curry and Thompson. However, they’re young and talented.
While he’ll have other options in the NBA, Festus Ezeli could be drawn to the Los Angeles Lakers for a couple of reasons. For starters, he would still get to live in California. The night life scene in Hollywood is quite appealing to many professional athletes. The chance to reunite with Luke Walton. While working as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, Walton and Ezeli got to know one another quite well.
Regardless of what he chooses to do, Festus Ezeli has a bright future coming. He’s in the prime of his athletic career as a 27-year-old. Ezeli is wanted by teams in the NBA. He’s also about to make what some believe is $50 million over the next three years. Festus has never seen that type of money before in his life.
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