The Lakers have interest in signing restricted free-agent Festus Ezeli this summer, according to a Sporting News report.

The 26-year-old center says he wants to remain with the Warriors, but new Lakers head coach Luke Walton will make a strong pitch to Ezeli.

Ezeli is currently averaging 4.5 points and 3.8 boards in 8.8 minutes in the Playoffs.

The Lakers, a source said, will have interest in Ezeli, seeing his size and rim-protecting defense as an ideal complement to forward Julius Randle. L.A., of course, just hired Warriors assistant Luke Walton to be its coach. Ezeli had the best months of his career in November and December, with Walton filling in while Kerr recovered from back surgery, and before Ezeli’s knee injury.