The Lakers are attempting to remain competitive for the upcoming season, and want forward A.C. Green to be part of it, a club spokesman said Friday.
Green's agent, Marc Fleisher, told The Times on Thursday that he did not think the Lakers were aggressive in pursuing Green, an unrestricted free agent.
"We definitely want A.C. back," said John Black, public relations director. "Obviously, the guy means a lot to the organization. Everybody loves him."
General Manager Jerry West, vacationing in West Virginia, could not be reached.
Green, a 6-foot-9 forward, was the Lakers' first-round draft pick in 1985 from Oregon State. Fleisher said Green, 29, wants to play for a competitive team next season.