A former Los Angeles Lakers star reportedly does actually have interest in returning to the franchise as a free agent this summer.
D'Angelo Russell, the former No. 2 NBA Draft pick whom the Lakers traded to the Brooklyn Nets, has been rumored to be open to a return to L.A.
The Nets are reportedly the frontrunners for Kyrie Irving, who is expected to sign with Brooklyn when free agency begins on Sunday night.
This would likely leave Russell, a restricted free agent, with another team, and the Lakers could apparently be that team.
ESPN's Zach Lowe addressed the idea this morning:
There is at least a kernel of truth to the Lakers' interest in a reunion, sources say, but L.A. has a lot to sort out. Russell fits the Knicks' timeline in case they strike out on bigger fish, but all indications are that New York will pursue short-term deals in that scenario, sources say. The Minnesota Timberwolves' pathway to a Russell deal is murky. Other unexpected sign-and-trade candidates will poke around
Russell and the Lakers did not have a great breakup, with Los Angeles trading him following his controversy with then-teammate Nick Young.
Magic Johnson is now gone from the Lakers, though, and Russell is reportedly open to a return.
NBA free agency is set to begin on Sunday night.