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Lakers Rumors: Lakers 'might go hard' after point guard Eric Bledsoe

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Eric Bledsoe #2 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball to Miles Plumlee #22 while guarded by Xavier Henry #7 and Shawne Williams #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 23, 2013.
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Eric Bledsoe #2 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball to Miles Plumlee #22 while guarded by Xavier Henry #7 and Shawne Williams #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 23, 2013.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are currently struggling to stay afloat in the Western Conference with one of the worst records in the conference. Despite current struggles, the team is already looking toward the future with the storied franchise potentially targeting guard Eric Bledsoe this summer in free agency according to ESPN Insider Chris Broussard on Jan. 30:

Speaking of the Suns, I was told the Los Angeles Lakers might go hard after Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is out the rest of the season with a knee injury. Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent next summer, but I'm told the Lakers might be willing to overpay him to pry him away from Phoenix.

With the Lakers clearing a considerable amount of cap space for the upcoming crop of 2014 free agents, Los Angeles may be able to make some game-changing moves. Although many believe the Lakers will simply wait until 2015 to make a big splash in free agency with Kevin Love potentially in their crosshairs, the Lakers may attempt to make some moves this summer.

As for Bledsoe, the former Los Angeles Clippers point guard will become a restricted free agent this summer meaning the Phoenix Suns can match any offer the Lakers might make. Despite that being the case, the Lakers may make the price so high that the Suns would be forced to explore other options and simply let Bledsoe walk as a free agent.

Carmelo Anthony is another player that has reportedly sparked the interest of the Lakers. Anthony has the option to opt-out of his deal with the New York Knicks and may do so with the Lakers a possibly frontrunner to sign him.

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