The general consensus regarding the Lakers is that the tanking is over and this is the summer the Lakers go all in on improving the roster. One of the hot names among Lakers fans has been Hassan Whiteside, and Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders says Whiteside is one of the top names for the Lakers
There is a sense that Whiteside is one of the top names on the Lakers’ wish list of free agents, with the Celtics also interested.
He also goes on to say that the growing sense is the Whiteside would prefer to stay in Miami, but it will require a full max to sign him. The Heat, since they don’t have full bird rights, will have to move some players to offer Whiteside the full max, which could leave a window open for the Lakers to steal him away.
Whiteside has burst onto the NBA scene in recent years and is as perfect a fit for the Lakers that exists. It’s unclear how much playing for a contending team matters to Whiteside, and with the Lakers still couple years away from truly contending, this could be a hurdle they need to overcome if they wish to sign Whiteside.