Lakers Free Agency: Andre Iguodala, Danny Green & Seth Curry Are Potential Bench Targets

Monday, July 1, 2019 7:03 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 1, 2019 7:03 AM UTC

The Lakers will start free agency with $32 million in salary cap space. How will they spend that money? Kawhi Leonard is clearly their biggest target but who else could join them?

<p>According to FS1's Chris Broussard: <em>"Kawhi is "Lakers to lose," I'm told. Not done deal yet, but Lakers are his top choice."</em></p><p>Broussard then reported that the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/kawhi-leonard-free-agency-odds-lakers-inch-closer-to-raptors/90831/" target="_blank">Kawhi Leonard</a> to the Lakers rumblings are getting stronger and stronger and that Andre Iguodala is likely to join <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/can-the-lakers-win-an-nba-championship-before-2023/90777/" target="_blank">the Lakers</a> if the Grizzlies buy him out.</p><p>The Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies, along with a protected first round pick in 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected as part of the necessary salary dump to create space under the apron and complete a sign-and-trade deal for <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-free-agency-day-1-recap-brooklyn-nets-sign-kevin-durant-kyrie-irving-de-andre-jordan/90864/" target="_blank">D'Angelo Russell</a>.</p><p>Acquired in a trade with the Spurs last year, Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to their first <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank">NBA</a> Championship after putting together an epic playoff run. This is what he had to say about his journey this past year:</p><p><em>"A lot of people doubted me, thought I was either faking an injury or didn’t want to play for a team. That was disappointing to me."</em></p><p>Leonard became the first player to win NBA Finals MVP in both conferences. He won the award for the first time in 2014 with the Spurs, when he beat the then two-time defending champion Heat.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Kawhi watching NBA free agency like &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/K03otyMh3y\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/K03otyMh3y&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/KingJosiah54/status/1145545187277430784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 1, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Danny Green and Seth Curry are also in the Lakers' scope and they reportedly offered Rajon Rondo a veteran's minimum contract and gave him 24 hours to decide. The Lakers are quietly on the verge of building a powerhouse.</p><p>Green and Curry are the type of long range shooters the Lakers want. Green struggled with the Raptors in the playoffs but he has two NBA Championships and he shot 46.5 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range last season, averaging 10.3 points in 80 regular season games while Curry shot 45.6 percent from the field and 45.0 percent from beyond the arc, averaging 7.9 points in 74 regular season games with the Trail Blazers.</p>
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