Harper, 26, is a from Las Vegas-less than 300 miles from LA-and a big Golden Knights fan.
The Cardinals are rumored to have interest in Harper.
Cubs officials throughout the organization have privately downplayed or dismissed the idea of signing Harper this winter and it's not a coordinated leak campaign to lower the expectations.
In just his second offseason leading the Lakers, Johnson delivered the best star in the sport, LeBron James, to the city of Los Angeles. Since Friedman arrived in 2014, the Dodgers' biggest deals have come to retain their own players, a list headed by the three-year, $93 million contract to extend ace Clayton Kershaw last month.
For what it's worth, Harper says nelly says "my guy'" growing up. Though they traded for Machado in July, a move that helped them reach the World Series for the second straight year, they have given no indication of being interested in his services long-term.
Harper has plenty of suitors on the free-agent market after bashing 184 homers in his first seven seasons.