With the Los Angeles Lakers not qualifying for the playoffs, they held their exit interviews on Thursday afternoon with each player speaking to the media.

One of the players that could have been making his last comments as a member of the Lakers was Brook Lopez who will be a free agent this off-season.

After making $22.6 million dollars this season, Lopez says he would be interested in sticking around with the franchise and is even willing to maybe take a pay cut to return if the team is contending for a championship, per Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.

The one big sticking point though is that the Lakers need to be a title contender, and a lot of that will be decided during free agency when players like Paul George and LeBron James make their long-awaited decisions.

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The Lakers had a growing year and although they do have a lot of young talent it’s still pretty clear that they are one or two good pieces away from taking that next step in not only making the playoffs, but contending for another NBA title.

For Lopez, a California-native out of North Hollywood, it would make sense for him to want stay in the area and play for the Lakers.

If the Lakers aren’t able to land a couple of splashy free agent signings then it probably doesn’t make much sense for the team to re-sign him to another big contract.

Lopez had a nice first season with the Lakers after being traded over from the Brooklyn Nets. He appeared in 74 games averaging 13 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. He also shot 46.5 percent from the field, and 34.5 percent from deep.