Certain moves will make this offseason perfect for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fresh off their 17th Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers head into the 2020 offseason with the goal of repeating in 2021. While many of the players from this year’s championship squad are free agents, there are a few moves Rob Pelinka and the front office can make to keep the core group intact while also adding some new faces to the locker room.
As of this moment, the Lakers have 6 players from last year’s team still on the books, the biggest name of all being LeBron James. One name that is not on that shortlist of 8 is Anthony Davis; however, all signs point to him re-signing as soon as Free Agency begins. With LeBron James at his side, the Lakers have two of the five best players in the league in their starting line up.
The other names on the roster are role players like Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, and Talen Horton-Tucker. A small mix of mostly young talent, and certainly lacking if the goal is a championship.
There are five players that are technically on the books with player options, including Davis, who, as mentioned before, will decline and re-sign with LA. The other four are Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee, all of whom will likely opt-out and test the market.
The rest of the roster, consisting of Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris, Jared Dudley, JR Smith and Dion Waiters, will come off the books and into Unrestricted Free Agency. But we’ll get to them later.
For now, one thing is certain, the Lakers have some of the pieces in place to help them win it all next season, but who they add to the roster in free agency is what will propel them to the NBA Mountaintop once again.
With all that said, here are a few moves Rob Pelinka should consider making this offseason.