Insider Expects Star Free Agent To Sign 2 Or 3-Year Contract With Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have to make a big splash this offseason. It won’t be easy and Rob Pelinka will have to pick the right player for the 2023-24 roster. A few Lakers players will probably enter the open market. D’Angelo Russell made huge topics at the end of the postseason and he may be on his way out. Yes, the Lakers were happy to have him after the trade deadline, but he struggled in the series against the Denver Nuggets. His poor performance made people ask questions. Will the Lakers sign the potential free agent again?

Lakers could get the best of the free agent in 2023-24

The Lakers can easily grab players like Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, and even Trae Young. If they aren’t interested in getting any of those guys, the Lakers will probably create a great contract offer for Russell.

According to Jovan Buha from The Athletic, the Lakers could sign the veteran free agent in the offseason.

“If he wants a certain number, whether it’s closer to $25 million, maybe you go shorter term and give two years, $50 million, and you’re on the same timeline as LeBron and Anthony Davis. … I suspect a two or three-year deal,” Buha said on the “Hoopshype” podcast. “I think re-signing him is the most likely outcome.”

There’s another potential scenario for the Lakers. Russell may not be their only target at the moment and Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN says that the Lakers could make an effort and sign Chris Paul.

“I’m told Chris Paul and his reps, they want an answer on his future sooner than that June 28 deadline,” Wojnarowski said. “They want to know if they’re headed into free agency where he would be certainly very coveted, especially with the two teams in L.A.: the Clippers, the Lakers, where he still keeps his offseason home.”

The Lakers will be really busy this offseason and NBA analysts have discussed their options. Who will be the first player to join the Lakers?