Rumor: Lakers keeping an eye on Aaron Gordon
The Los Angeles Lakers have seen one of their big splash options come off the board prior to the start of free agency with All-Star forward Paul George electing to sign a four-year, $137 million deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This has prompted the Lakers to looks elsewhere in free agency to bring in more talent to help the franchise take a significant step forward next season. According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, one of those potential options could be inking restricted free agent forward Aaron Gordon to an offer sheet.
Outside of the Magic, a source said another team to keep an eye on in regards to Magic RFA forward Aaron Gordon is the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic GM John Hammond has already told @TheUndefeated that the hope is to re-sign @UncleDrewFilm star long-term. https://t.co/qr2HFFrBd9
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 1, 2018
Gordon has drawn interest around the league from a few other teams namely the Indiana Pacers, who are rumored to be willing to offer him a deal that could reach north of $20 million annually. The 22-year-old has spent his first four seasons in the league with the Orlando Magic where he has continued to develop into a promising forward talent.
He is coming off the most productive campaign of his career posting career highs across the board with 17.6 points along with 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 steals per contest. Gordon has become a more dependable scorer with his increased reliability from beyond the arc shooting 33.6 percent from distance. This includes notching double figures 56 times along with 16 outings with at least 20 points while scoring 40 points twice.
Gordon could be an intriguing prospect for the Lakers as he could be a key piece to the young core group that his presence would mean that the team would part ways with their own restricted free agent forward Julius Randle. Los Angeles is also already rumored to have expressed interest in All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, big man Clint Capela, and forward Amir Johnson. All of this potential activity from Los Angeles may ultimately hinge on where LeBron James decides to sign this summer.