NBA Finals Aftershock: Should the Lakers still pursue Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in free agency?

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Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles who have been reportedly serious in pursuing Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in the upcoming free agency on July 1.

The Lakers are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. Lakers new head coach Luke Walton is eyeing to build a competitive roster next season. There are speculations that his connection with the Golden State Warriors can lead to a higher chance of acquiring Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli.

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The two big men from the Warriors will serve as ‘Plan B’ for the Los Angeles Lakers once they fail to grab their preferred superstar in the free agency. It is not a secret to everyone about the Lakers’ desire to acquire Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside this summer. They have enough salary cap to give the two superstars a maximum contract.

However, due to strong competition, the Lakers must consider other options. Hannah Kulik of Lakers Nation stated that the Lakers should be ‘wary’ of Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli. He enumerated the strengths and weaknesses of both players based on how they played in the NBA Finals.

Acquiring Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli is not that bad for the Lakers. They have proven that they can provide a big boost for the Lakers, especially in their frontcourt. However, the Lakers should think twice before overspending on them. The Lakers management should use their salary cap wisely and not overpay for marginal talent.

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If they fail to acquire their target free agents in July, the Lakers should consider trading for a superstar. The likes of Paul George and Jimmy Butler can be the best option if the Lakers really want to be back in title contention. The Lakers may not be a title contender team next season but they must show some improvements and at least try to enter the 2016-17 NBA playoffs.

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