The Lakers intend to be active in free agency, mostly re-signing their own players, it seems.
Gordon, 34, was just let go by the Clippers after being acquired from the Rockets at the February trade deadline. He was still a productive player in Houston, averaging 13.1 points and shooting 44 percent from the field, including 38 percent on 3-pointers, in 47 games.
Things didn’t go horribly with the Clippers, but Gordon seemed to vanish into the background toward the end of the season and in the playoffs. That said, he did average 10.2 points in five postseason games.
So maybe he could help the Lakers — at the right price, of course.
When it comes to Gordon, most teams would be more than happy to wait and sign him later in free agency or closer to the start of camp. If the Lakers are indeed interested, that is likely where they would stand.
“The Gordon decision has a lot of ramifications, both past and present,” wrote Law Murray of The Athletic on the Clippers’ decision to part ways. “It took a lot for the Clippers to even get Gordon. Of the four midseason rotation acquisitions the team made in February, Gordon cost the most: Luke Kennard, John Wall, swap rights with the Rockets that moved their draft pick from 20th (Cam Whitmore) to 30th (Kobe Brown) in the 2023 NBA Draft, and his salary of about $20 million.”
Meanwhile, most major outlets have been reporting the Lakers intend to re-sign restricted free agent guard Austin Reaves and forward Rui Hachimura, as well as potentially unrestricted guards D’Angelo Russell and Dennis Schroder.
Among the Lakers' offseason aims, league sources say, is re-signing Dennis Schröder after his strong contributions last season, gauging Eric Gordon's availability and also exploring pathways to possibly re-sign Malik Beasley and Bamba.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 29, 2023