After signing Montrezl Harrell away from the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers are in pursuit of another great man, by Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Philadelphia 76ers. While they’re after Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka and could still bring back DeMarcus Cousins, it looks like Los Angeles general manager Rob Pelinka is keeping his options open.
The Lakers are also looking for another great man, according to league sources, but they face much tougher financial constraints in the pursuit of Gasol after signing Montrezl Harrell away from the Clippers and re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
– Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 22, 2020
The Lakers signed Cousins in the summer of 2019, but he tore his left ACL playing a pickup game in Las Vegas and missed the entire 2019-20 season. This opened the door for Howard, who did his job well for Purple and Gold as a great backup man. Eventually, he won his first NBA title following Los Angeles’ loss to the Miami Heat in the 2020 six-game final at Walt Disney World.
Los Angeles would obviously like to have Gasol, former star and defensive player of the year. Ibaka, meanwhile, has been linked with the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, who have two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant.
Ibaka and KD have been teammates for many years on the Oklahoma City Thunder and have remained close friends over the years.
While it’s unclear who the Lakers will sign, Anthony Davis is expected to re-sign with the franchise overnight. The Chicago native’s first season in Los Angeles was a success. He won his first NBA championship and was second in the Defensive Player of the Year vote.