Lakers, Pelicans express interest in Muhammad

Shabazz Muhammad has become one of the most-prized players remaining in free agency.

Free agent swingman Shabazz Muhammad is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, according to multiple reports.

Per Basketball Insiders, Muhammad is strongly considering signing with the Lakers — as first-year LA general manager Rob Pelinka is Muhammad’s former agent.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans are looking for a versatile forward following the hamstring injury to starter Solomon Hill. (They have already worked out free agents Josh Smith, Chase Budinger and others.)

Muhammad, 24, spent each of his first four NBA seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have also expressed an interest in signing him.

“He’s one of the players we are talking to,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told KFXN 100.3 on Monday. “Bazz has a great relationship with a number of players on the team. I know they would like to have him back. He’s got to make a decision shortly.”

Muhammad averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 78 games with the Wolves last season.

The Lakers could offer him their $4.3 million room exception.

2 Comments on "Lakers, Pelicans express interest in Muhammad"

  1. I’d sign him to the Lakers, he’s a solid player who could be a reliable scorer when needed.

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