The Los Angeles Lakers would likely make "a hard run" at Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic next summer if Bledsoe becomes an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.
Bledsoe is currently a restricted free agent and in a standoff in contract negotiations with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have offered a four-year contract worth $48 million, but Bledsoe and his agent want the max: a five-year deal worth $85 million.
The guard has the option of taking a qualifying offer worth $3.7 million for next season, which would allow him to become a free agent next summer.
Dragic still has two seasons left on his four-year contract with the Suns, but has a player option on the fourth year and can opt to become a free agent following next season.
According to Stein, the Houston Rockets also have Dragic on their list of targets for next summer's free agency.
Bledsoe missed half of last season with a knee injury and averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games.
Dragic averaged 20.3 points and 5.9 assists with the Suns last season. He is currently playing for Slovenia in the FIBA World Cup.
- Molly Geary