ESPN's Woj Reports Lakers 'Are Not a Frontrunner' for Any Top-Tier Free Agent This Offseason

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The Lakers have been incapable of avoiding headlines the past few months and not for any good reasons. Coming off of an incredibly disappointing season that was filled with unfathomable amounts of drama that has certainly continued into this offseason, things may not be looking up for LA once free agency begins on July 1st.

The Lakers certainly have lofty aspirations of landing one of the big name free agents, however according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Los Angeles is not considered to be a front runner for any of the top-tier free agents.

Woj mentioned this on the NBA Mock Draft Special aired on ESPN 2. This is certainly jarring for Laker Nation, and should increase the urgency to trade for Anthony Davis.

It's no secret that the Lakers are desperate to give Lebron James a co-star or two in hopes of putting together a championship caliber team. They failed to acquire AD at the trade deadline, and they certainly have their work cut out for them this offseason with plenty of competition also pursuing Davis' services.

Rumors have circulated that stars like Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler could be realistic options for the Lakers in free agency, but it seems like the odds of landing one of those big fish is not as high as some may have thought.

The Lakers certainly caught a break when they landed the fourth overall pick, but if they use that as part of a haul for an Anthony Davis trade, they may find themselves without another star to pair with Lebron this season.