The Lakers They will be under scrutiny in the next Draft and in Free Agency. The Los Angeles team plans to compete again for the ring, and will look for pieces that complement the LeBron James-Anthony Davis duo. The General Manager of the California franchise, Rob Pelinka spoke on the podcast ‘The Woj Pod’, and made clear the market target of the purple and gold leadership.
Lakers situation facing the market
After making his return to the elite of the NBA, the Lakers they will suffer several casualties in the squad, so new faces are expected in the team. LeBron James, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker are the remaining players on the contract. These are joined by Anthony Davis, who is assumed to be signing a new bond with the franchise.
On the other hand, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (8.5 million dollars), Rajon Rondo (2.6 million), Avery Bradley (5 million) and JaVale McGee (4.2 million) have a player option. Likewise, Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris and Jared Dudley are Unrestricted Free Agents. This will drive the Lakers to go to the market in search of reinforcements, and it seems that their objectives are clear.
“We hope we can have another championship race, build pieces around LeBron and Anthony Davis. But for the future, looking at our salary cap, we have flexibility. The objective is to add another really talented young player to pair him with Anthony Davis if he decides to sign with us in the long term ”were the words of the GM of the Staples Center team.
Who will arrive in Los Angeles?
Rob Pelinka’s statements open speculation about who the talented young player the franchise is looking for may be. The North American press has highlighted 2 superstars who fit these characteristics: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic. By characteristics, they would be the ideal players to join Frank Vogel’s team. However, it is unknown what the steps of the Lakers.
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