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2012 Free Agency: Day Nine – Lakers like Courtney Lee, plus could Nash’s old teammates, Grant Hill and Raja Bell, be headed to the Lakers?

Lakers interested in Courtney Lee

According to Sam Amcio, the Lakers are interested in 6’5″ free agent guard Courtney Lee. Though other teams are going after him – especially the Boston Celtics, who are said to be pushing hard for Lee – the Lakers could offer him about $3 million via their mini-mid level exception. Anything higher would have to come by a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets.

Lee is an unrestricted free agent after Houston pulled their qualifying offer.

Lee would be another good addition to the bench; he shot over 40% from three last season and still is only 26-years-old.

Suns Reunion?

The 2012 Los Angeles Lakers could quickly begin to look like the 2009 Phoenix Suns. They already have the key player from those competitive Suns teams in Steve Nash, and it seems that two of his old teammates could soon be wearing purple and gold too.

We already knew about the possibility of Grant Hill joining the Lakers – L.A. were interested in him even before the Nash trade – but after Los Angeles acquired Steve, he said he’d do anything he could to get Hill to the Lakers if the team wanted him. Other reports have also said that Hill will either retire or join the Lakers; seeing as Grant just had the same knee procedure as Kobe Bryant, it seems likely that he’ll be playing again next season.

Raja Bell is a new name that popped up last night. He agreed to a buyout with the Utah Jazz, meaning he’ll be a free agent and can sign with any team he chooses. With Nash being an old teammate of Bell’s – and Bryant recruiting him hard in the summer of 2010 – it wouldn’t be that far-fetched to see Bell in a Lakers jersey next season.

Bell and Bryant obviously had history, but he seemed fine, putting the past behind him in 2010. He also has brought old rivals on board over the years, such as Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, and now Steve Nash, so playing with Bell could happen.

Bell is said to have interest in the Miami Heat, though floor time there would be limited with their already established roster and the addition of Ray Allen. He could be useful off the bench for the Lakers as Kobe’s back-up, bringing defense and shooting (he shot nearly 40% from three last season) while Bryant rests.

Grant Hill shouldn’t be overlooked either. Even though he’ll be 40 by the beginning of the season, he can still play at a high level and would be great off the bench. Check out the video below, showing Hill at Indiana back in March.

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Written by Ross Pickering

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