The Lakers have one max wage slot heading into free company this summer time and there’s loads of strain on the entrance workplace to ship a top-tier degree participant to line-up alongside LeBron James.
However latest experiences have urged the Clippers are the extra doubtless workforce in Los Angeles to land the highest two free brokers – Durant and Leonard.
That would depart the Lakers in a sticky state of affairs in pleasing the rabid Lakers fanbase.
Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a number of choices for the Lakers ought to they miss out on each Durant and Leonard. Under is a listing of 5 gamers they need to flip to.
Some would argue that Walker might in reality be a high possibility for the Lakers within the first place.
He’ll doubtless depart the Charlotte Hornets this summer time searching for becoming a member of a workforce able to difficult for a title.
The 28-year-old is coming off the perfect season of his profession, averaging 25.6 factors per recreation.
And he would match seamlessly alongside LeBron James, particularly with the Lakers reportedly trying to offload Lonzo Ball in a commerce.
The opposite apparent selection at level guard is Kyrie Irving, given his previous expertise of successful a title with James.
At 27 years outdated, he nonetheless has a few of his greatest years forward of him and has grown as a frontrunner throughout his time with the Boston Celtics.
There are conflicting experiences on whether or not he’ll re-sign in Boston this summer time however ought to he turn into out there, the Lakers will fancy their possibilities of bringing him to L.A.
Presumably essentially the most unrealistic free agent for the Lakers, but in addition arms down the perfect match to play in a workforce with LeBron James.
There isn’t any higher catch and shoot participant within the NBA and he proved that again in 2016 when he scored 60 factors off simply 11 dribbles.
Nonetheless, it might be an enormous shock if 1) the Warriors do not supply him the max and a couple of) Thompson makes it clear he needs to go away.
Right down to a participant who won’t be able to demand a max contract this summer time, giving the Lakers room to make different acquisitions and that would find yourself working of their favour.
One different star subsequent to James might not find yourself being sufficient for the Lakers, however having one on a cut-price deal together with another sturdy items might make them a harmful workforce within the West.
The quad harm he suffered within the NBA Playoffs is not thought of critical and can be anticipated to be match to play from the beginning of subsequent season and having an enormous duo of Cousins and James can be a formidable opponent to any workforce.
JJ Redick & Julius Randle
Now this will surely be a final resort for the Lakers however it additionally would not be horrible if it got here all the way down to this, though nonetheless a bitter disappointment.
The Lakers have roughly $32million in cap area to work with this summer time and whereas a max free agent can be their goal, going after two strong NBA stars could also be a robust possibility.
Redick and Randle at the moment earn beneath $21m between them which means they’d have loads of area to work round them.
Then throw in a commerce for Anthony Davis which consists of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and some first spherical picks then the Lakers immediately have one of many strongest beginning fives within the Western Convention with Lonzo Ball on the level.