NBA free agency rumors: Lakers aren't front-runners for any elite players

Los Angeles is not a free-agent destination at this point.

According to ESPN, the Lakers are not a front-runner or even a major consideration for any elite free agents.

That means players like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving have the Lakers down on their list as possible landing spots.

As a result, according to the same report, the Lakers’ priority this offseason will be a renewed push to acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.

With a new executive vice president of operations in New Orleans in David Griffin, the Lakers will try to work out a trade for the All-Star after numerous failed attempts to pick him up in a deal at the deadline.

Los Angeles reportedly offered just about every player on its roster at the deadline but was never able to get a deal done with the Pelicans.

But that was with Dell Demps as New Orleans’ general manager at the time, so things could change in this negotiation period.

Davis told the Pelicans through agent Rich Paul he did not intend to sign with the Pelicans when his deal was up and he would rather be traded.

It has long been assumed he would be fine playing in Los Angeles with the Lakers but he has reportedly expressed a desire to avoid the Celtics, who will also pursue him this summer.