Rumors and speculations were circulating the Los Angeles Lakers who was targeting Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside in free agency and considered signing Andrew Bynum if the plan failed.
With the end of Kobe Bryant’s basketball career, the Los Angeles Lakers were now on their way on searching for new franchise players that could shape up the team’s future in the league and continue their legacy. The Lakers are expecting to sign at least two NBA superstars who will become free agents in the upcoming off-season.
Among the 2016 free agents, the Lakers showed strong interest in signing the 7’0” Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside who was rumored to be leaving his current team since he is expected to demand a maximum salary next season.
According to a report from CBS Sports, Whiteside was asked about the rumors linking him to the Lakers and their $55 million salary-cap stash in free agency with the impending retirement of Kobe Bryant.
“They’ve been talking about me and the Lakers?” Whiteside asked in response. “I didn’t know that.”
The young center seemed to be overwhelmed with such team showing interest to get his service. However, Whiteside had not given any details yet about his plans in the upcoming free agency.
Based on a previous report, the Los Angeles Lakers has enough salary cap to sign two maximum-salaried players meaning that Whiteside’s demand is not a problem with the team. Also, the team could hire another potential superstar that will team up with Whiteside in the Lakers’ frontcourt.
Hassan Whiteside had been currently dominating in the playoffs so many have doubts if the Miami Heat would release him in the upcoming offseason.
In case Whiteside don’t sign, the Lakers were also considering to rehire two-time NBA champion and former Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum. According to a report at TMZ, Bynum said that he was open in the possibility for an NBA comeback.
Bynum has been out of the court for two years after being shut down by persistent knee soreness. However, the former Lakers center showed dominance when he was still at full strength and possibly after two years of rest, he’s now ready to be back on court for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Either Bynum or Whiteside could give boost to the Lakers with the help of the young core who continues improving as the time passes. The Lakers have the ability to sign an additional all-star caliber player like Kevin Durant or DeMar Derozan and also, if they will hire the right coach, the Los Angeles Lakers will be back in the NBA championship in no time.
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