Starting July 1, teams can start meeting with free agents to discuss potential terms of a deal, although they cannot officially be signed until the moratorium period ends on July 8. As we saw last year with DeAndre Jordan, a player can agree on a deal with a team, then change his mind before having to sign it.
After finishing 17-65 this season, it would only make sense for the Lakers to make some major roster changes around their young core. Los Angeles is in a prime position to add talent through the draft, but they certainly hope to change their luck in free agency this year. But despite a sizable roster overhaul likely forthcoming, there are a few impending free agents that could still return to the Lakers next season.
Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black will be restricted free agents this summer, and they will be the two most likely candidates to return to the team. Another player in the same boat is Marcelo Huertas. The soon-to-be 33-year-old had his moments with the Lakers last season, and many believe that in new head coach Luke Walton’s system that emphasizes ball movement, Huertas can prove to be a solid contributor off the bench.
Would Huertas be open to returning to Los Angeles next season as the backup to D’Angelo Russell? In a recent post on his Instagram account, he sounds to be open to the idea, at the very least (h/t Lakers Nation’s Trevor Lane).
Hora também de agradecer pela última vez a oportunidade de ter vestido essa camisa, mesmo tendo não sido uma temporada ideal, a infinidade de coisas que tive o prazer de vivenciar, e conhecer de perto a grandeza dessa franquia! Sei que virão muitas perguntas sobre o futuro mas todos terão que esperar para saber assim como eu! O que sim posso dizer é obrigado a todos os torcedores que sempre me apoiaram e que poder seguir em LA seria incrível! Also time to say thanks for the last time for the opportunity this franchise has given me to wear this historic uniform, even being a tough season for all of us and fans as well, I had the chance to live and see from the inside how huge is the history of this franchise! I know a lot of people will ask about my future but all we can do now is wait! All I can say is is thanks to all the fans for the amazing support and that it would be awesome to stay in LA longer! #lakers #purpleandgold #thankyou #freeagency
If the Lakers extend a qualifying offer to Huertas, he can hit the market as a restricted free agent, meaning they could match any offer sheet that he might sign with another team.
It will be interesting to see if the Lakers elect to keep Huertas or seek another option at the point guard position.