Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Iguodala Trade and JR Smith

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Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala gestures after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The Los Angeles Lakers never stray far from the rumor mill.

That might be as true as ever now that the Purple and Gold employ both LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

As the Lakers bear down for what they hope will be a fruitful 2019-20 season, the latest buzz surrounds one player within their sights and one who apparently is not.

                 

Lakers Among Crowded Field of Suitors for Former Finals MVP

Andre Iguodala isn’t long for the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies, and the entire NBA knows it. That’s why teams with even a smattering of championship hopes have kept close watch of the 2015 Finals MVP.

The Los Angeles Lakers are part of that group, per Marc Stein of the New York Times. Of course, so are the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.

The asking price is reportedly a future first-round pick, per Stein, and there’s a belief the Grizzlies would enter the season with Iguodala if they’re unable to acquire it. Now, wanting a pick and being offered one are two different things. But if clubs were hoping Memphis would just give him away—or, even better, buy him out—it doesn’t sound like that’s happening, at least not any time soon.

While the Lakers have added a few perimeter stoppers—namely, Danny Green and Avery Bradley—they don’t have a lockdown defender who matches Iguodala’s caliber. Few teams do. The 35-year-old ranked sixth among all small forwards in ESPN.com’s defensive real plus-minus, and he did so while

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