Channing Frye thinks Lakers ‘pretty appealing place’ for free agents
It is no secret the Los Angeles Lakers are creating enough cap space to sign two max contract players this offseason like LeBron James and Paul George. They took a major step at the trade deadline when they traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 first round draft pick.
As Frye returns against the New Orleans Pelicans after missing significant time following an appendectomy, he discussed how the young core has made the Lakers a ‘pretty appealing place’ for free agents like James and George according to Bill Oram of Orange County Register:
“I think you’re going to see a lot of guys this summer who want to play with Lonzo and Kuz and Brandon and guys that they have here and just build from that,” Frye said. “This is a pretty appealing place. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the Lakers and that these young guys are some of the best young guys in the NBA.”
When asked if he would be willing to recruit, Frye had the following to say:
“I’ll make a call to Jesus if I have to,” Frye said, “if that’s going to help get a win.”
In their first full season together, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have created options for the storied franchise. While most of the reports have centered around signing the two All-Stars, there are different scenarios from re-signing Julius Randle to saving cap space for 2019 free agency which features Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler.
Unlike previous offseasons where the Lakers struck out in free agency, they have established a young and competitive core through the NBA Draft. Led by head coach Luke Walton, Los Angeles has also won 30 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season and are looking to finish on a high note despite numerous injuries.