The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into free agency with a lot of money to spend and a lot of players interested in signing with them. Kevin Durant is the big name in free agency, although it doesn’t seem like he will consider signing with them. Looking at the next tier of free agents, there are a few good players that would fit nicely.
Chandler Parsons is set to hit the free agency market after opting out of his deal with the Dallas Mavericks. He will have a lot of teams interested in signing him and the Lakers could very well be one of them.
According to a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Lakers are one of the potential suitors for Parsons this offseason.
Last season with the Mavericks, Parsons ended up averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He shot 49.2 percent from the field overall and knocked down 41.4 percent of his three-point shots.
At 27-years-old, Parsons would fit in with the Lakers’ current rebuilding process. He would add some much needed three-point shooting and could take on a top scoring role. Parsons would also be a much needed leader for the Lakers and would bring a lot of experience to share with the young talent.
There is no telling what kind of contract Parsons is going to end up getting this offseason. It appears that he could be one of the players poised to take the leap to max contract status. Dallas isn’t willing to pay that kind of price tag for Parsons, which is why he is likely going to end up somewhere else when everything is said and done.
Luke Walton is set to take over as the head coach of the Lakers and wants to bring a fast and up-tempo offense. That would fit Parsons perfectly and bodes well for his chances to get open behind the three-point arc.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with Parsons this offseason and what teams end up showing interest in him. He will be a highly sought after free agent, but playing in Los Angeles could be a major draw.
Los Angeles has to feel good about their future with all the young talent they have put together. D’Angelo Russell will continue developing, while both Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle have a lot of potential as well. Add in the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brandon Ingram, and the Lakers should be a playoff contender in a couple seasons.
Parsons would have to be intrigued by the young roster that the Lakers have. He would sign with the Lakers knowing that they wouldn’t compete in 2016-17, but that things could take off in a couple seasons. It will be fun to watch the Lakers’ young talent develop and that could be sped up by bringing a veteran like Parsons on board.
Free agency will open up at 12:01 tomorrow morning and will be busier than most NBA offseasons that we have seen recently. There is a lot more money floating around to be spent and there are a lot of good players available.
Expect to see the Lakers and Parsons talk about a contract and don’t be surprised if he ends up signing with Los Angeles. Other teams will be aggressive in their pursuit of him as well, but it sounds like Parsons and the Lakers already have mutual interest.
Do you think the Los Angeles Lakers should target Chandler Parsons in free agency when it opens up this evening? Would he help the Lakers get back to playoff contention in the next couple years? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!
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