The Los Angeles Lakers have set sights on Ryan Anderson with free agency about to begin in just a couple of days. The franchise is linked with top free agents like Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside.
Ryan Anderson is the latest addition on Lakers’ radar. The eight-year NBA veteran is one of the highly sought after free agents this summer. The New Orleans Pelicans power forward is an unrestricted free agent.
Steve Kyler of the Basketball Insider wrote in a report: “There is no shortage of suitors for Ryan Anderson. It’s believed that Anderson is one of the top names for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.”
Anderson has spent the last four years in New Orleans Pelicans where he averaged 16 points and six rebounds. He also shot 37 percent from beyond the arc.
The 28-year-old is considered as one of the best shooting big men in the NBA. Anderson could become a much needed veteran of this young Lakers’ core. Roping in Anderson would also boost Luke Walton’s team’s three point shooting.
The Pelicans’ forward was highly pursued by the Houston Rockets during the February trade deadline. The Rockets under new coach Mike D’Antoni required a prolific three point shooter.
But Anderson’s preference to join a playoff team would hurt Los Angeles’ chances to acquire him, according to Kyler.
The franchise has enough cap space and can still lure Anderson with a lucrative offer. Anderson has been one of the best bench scorers in the league. The Lakers would love to add the power forward in their roster.
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