To build a winning foundation, sometimes you must go outside the organization to do so. For the Los Angeles Lakers, this has been their motto for decades.
While drafting has been a source of a solid nucleus, the Lakers have used free agency to get the star power they needed. The Lakers have had their fair share of great players to sign, but picking the top five is not that easy.
While many will have either a Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Gary Payton, or Karl Malone on their list, I wanted to go deeper. All were great players, but what has LeBron James done since joining the Lakers? The same goes for Davis, Payton, and Malone. How many of them have walked away with a ring or two? The Lakers are an organization that prides themselves on championships. In order to be on this list, a player must have contributed to such success.
Here are the top five free agency signings in Los Angeles Lakers’ history
5. Rick Fox (1997)
In 1995, Rick Fox was just coming into his own with the Boston Celtics. He finally upped his average to double-digits, but then decided to leave Boston to play with the rival Lakers. Little did Fox know that the team he just signed with was on their way to greatness.
For Fox, he wasn’t asked to do much. Over the course of his run with the Lakers, Fox averaged just 8.7 points, but it was his ability to create off the dribble, play defense, and hustle that earned him a spot on that Lakers’ dynasty with Shaq and Kobe.
Fox was solid across the board and just another great pick up by the Lakers’ front office. When mentioning some of the great players during that run, Fox’s name often goes unmentioned. He was not as flashy as Kobe or as dominate and O’Neal, but he was a good spot-up shooter who helped relieve pressure off of the Lakers’ two megastars. His signing was one that helped spark the run.