When free agency begins tonight don’t expect the Lakers to spend a lot of money. The Lakers made it known of their intentions to be frugal this summer in hopes to go on a shopping spree next summer. With that in mind, the Lakers are looking for cheap players that they can bring back on one-year deals.
According to Tina Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are looking to re-sign backup point guard Tyler Ennis.
Right now, the Lakers don’t have a true backup point guard, but they are leaning toward re-signing Tyler Ennis, who joined the team via trade last season.
Ennis was acquired during last season in a trade from the Houston Rockets for Marcelo Huertas. Playing for the Lakers, Ennis averaged 7.7 points and 2.4 assists per game.
Ennis, 22, is still a young player looking to solidify himself in the league. Ennis would play behind rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. He would come at a low price, likely the veteran minimum, which makes him more intriguing.
However, with the Lakers having roughly $10 million in cap space and as much as $17 million should they waive Tarik Black, there could be bigger and better options out there for the Lakers to sign.
Don’t expect a big splash from the Lakers, though, as they are planning a more strategic approach to the off-season, one that allows them to maintain their “sacred” cap space in 2018.