NBA Rumors: Lakers considering Al Jefferson as “Plan B” if they failed to get Hassan Whiteside in free agency

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NBA rumors are now circulating the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Al Jefferson, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July, is still questionable from being re-signed by the Hornets and there is a greater possibility that the Lakers will consider targeting him once they failed to get Hassan Whiteside from the Miami Heat.

The Charlotte Hornets are expected to make a crucial decision in July. Five of their players, Nic Batum, Al Jefferson, Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin and Marvin Williams, are set to enter the free agency market. Though they want to re-sign all players, the Hornets will be having a problem due to a limited salary cap.

Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson are reportedly the two players that are questionable for Hornets’ return. The Charlotte Hornets already confirmed that their main priority this summer is to re-sign Nic Batum by the time he becomes a free agent. Keith P. Smith of RealGM suggested that the Hornets should consider moving Al Jefferson to re-sign Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee for their team. Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Spencer Hawes can fill up his position once the team decided not to re-sign him in free agency.

Once Al Horford enters the free agency market, there will surely be many; teams that will be lining up to get his service for their team, including the Los Angeles Lakers. It is not a secret to everyone about the Lakers’ desire to acquire a high-end center as Roy Hibbert’s replacement. The Lakers were reportedly targeting Hassan Whiteside from the Miami Heat, but there is a high possibility that the Heat will find a way to re-sign him.

With this, the Lakers should consider a ‘Plan B’ once they failed to get Whiteside in free agency. Al Jefferson will be a good fit with the Lakers, especially with Luke Walton’s system. Jefferson, who was proclaimed “Lord of the Left Block”, will be a great addition in the Lakers’ defensive end. With the Lakers promising young cores, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle, Al Jefferson can help the team revive its legacy and be a playoff contender next season.

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