Aside from calling Dwight Howard as soon as 9:01 pm PST rolled around, the Los Angeles Lakers also called a bunch of other guys: guys who can be role players and are vital to a team’s success.
According to multiple reports, the Lakers expressed interested in Nick Young, Carlos Delfino, Jordan Farmar, Francisco Garcia, Chase Budinger and Wayne Ellington:
Nick Young, who made $5,600,000 last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, is an unrestricted free agent, as is Francisco Garcia who made $6.1 million last season with the Houston Rockets. Both players may be in the Lakers’ price range: the most they can offer is around $3.1 million per year.
Jordan Farmar played overseas for the last few years, though he recently expressed his interest in return to the NBA – and the Lakers – in an interview quoted on this site earlier in the year.
Carlos Delfino may be out of the Lakers’ price range, as Bresnahan points out: funnily enough, he was waived earlier by the Rockets in order to make cap room to offer Howard a max contract.
Chase Budinger is an unrestricted free agent, though he may also command more than the $3.1 million the Lakers can offer.
Wayne Ellington is a shooter, hitting 39% of his shots last year from deep, while he made just over $3 million last season in Cleveland. He may be in the Lakers’ price range.
The Lakers also reached out to Knicks forward, Chris Copeland, earlier in the evening.