Lakers’ dream PF in 2028: Jayson Tatum
Some Lakers fans may have expected to see Giannis Antetokounmpo slot in at the power forward position. While there has been some speculation about Giannis leaving Milwaukee and the Lakers being a potential destination, Jayson Tatum is the superstar to keep an eye on in the coming years.
There isn’t a player in the NBA who has made his fandom more obvious than Tatum has made his Lakers fandom. Tatum has expressed how big of a Lakers (and in particular, Kobe) fan he was growing up and that should hold some kind of weight.
Plus, the future of the Boston Celtics is unclear. While the team is undoubtedly a contender right now, there are not many directions it can go. If this Tatum-Jaylen Brown partnership doesn’t work for the seventh time in a row is Tatum really going to want to stick around?
Tatum can first become a free agent in the 2025 summer, which is the same offseason that LeBron James’ contract comes off the books. Los Angeles will have a max spot to utilize on someone and Tatum could be the biggest fish in the pond if he opts out with his player option.
He would be three years into his deal by the time 2028 rolled around but he would still only be 30 years old. Thus far the Lakers could have a homegrown guard in JHS, two stars in Booker and Tatum and a fan favorite in Reaves. There is only one player that can top this all off.