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The Lakers Are Reportedly In Play For A Surprising NBA Star

An extreme closeup of LeBron James' face.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles have two stars on their roster heading into the 2019-20 season in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Of course, L.A. is looking too add a third. A surprising All-Star is reportedly in play when free agency begins.

D'Angelo Russell, an All-Star guard with the Brooklyn Nets this past season, is set to hit restricted free agency a week from tonight. The Nets are reportedly frontrunners for Kyrie Irving and, if that happens, it's unlikely they match contract offers for Russell.

The Lakers took Russell at No. 2 overall in 2015, but traded him away following his controversy with Nick Young.

It seemed incredibly unlikely that Russell, 23, would be interested in returning to the Lakers. However, a report suggests that he is.

"A source within the Lakers organization not authorized to speak publicly has confirmed to me that the Lakers have strong interest in free agent guard D’Angelo Russell. I’m told the Lakers FO plan to have a face to face meeting with Russell at the beginning of free agency," Arye Abraham reported.

The social media tea leaves are suggesting a recruitment is on the way, too.

Russell is one of several notable free agents the Lakers are likely to pursue, though Los Angeles still has to figure out its salary cap situation.

Los Angeles is expected to have at least $24 million available.

NBA free agency begins on Sunday night, June 30.