Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles chasing French center Rudy Gobert in 2017 free agency or via trade

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to get a lot of wins in the 2016-2017 NBA Season but it’s in the 2017 offseason that they are expected to make more improvements. Some Lakers rumors have the Los Angeles squad linked to Rudy Gobert, the star French center from the Utah Jazz, who will become a free agent that year.

However, Gobert is a restricted free agent and it’s going to be very difficult for the Los Angeles Lakers to grab him via free agency. Gobert can demand a trade out of Utah but there are no signs that he’s unhappy in Utah, where he forms a nice frontcourt with power forward Derrick Favors.

Hoops Habit lists Rudy Gobert as one of the top free agents in the 2017 offseason. And it speculates that the French center likely ends up staying in Utah, which loaded some nice pieces this offseason.

The Jazz are expected to be a playoff team for the upcoming season with the core of Gobert, Favors and Gordon Hayward plus excellent role players in Rodney Hood, George Hill, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw.

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What the Lakers can hope for is that the Jazz struggle in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Gobert might think that playing elsewhere will be good for his career and the Lakers could be one of the options for his future team.

The Lakers can also suggest a sign-and-trade with Utah for Gobert, who is one of the best centers in the league. They have nice young pieces in Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell at point guard and Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle at forwards.

Utah’s main weakness is at point guard. They will start Hill, but he is not expected to be a long-term answer for their PG spot. A trade involving Clarkson or Rusell plus other Lakers could be good enough to convince Utah to trade Gobert.

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For now, these Lakers rumors linking them to Rudy Gobert is a pipe dream. A lot will depend on how the Jazz will perform in the 2016-2017 season.

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