For the Lakers, all of their hope resides in the summer. Their playoff chances are pretty much in the dirt, setting the team’s eyes towards July instead of April and May.
Myriads of players are going to be available, including guys like Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Kyrie Irving. Interestingly enough, according to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN, they might just settle for Jimmy Butler.
“The Lakers fail in their pursuit of Davis and are never truly in the mix for Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson or Kemba Walker. Feeling the pressure to close a deal with a big-name talent, the Lakers extend a four-year, $141 million maximum contract offer to Jimmy Butler, who will turn 30 just before training camp opens in September. They fill out the roster with seasoned veterans, the best of whom are four years past their prime.”
Despite suffering multiple injuries, Butler remains one of the best two-way players in the game. In his first 43 games with the Sixers this season, the 29-year-old small star is averaging 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.9 steals on 47.2 percent shooting and 34.2 percent shooting from three.
He wouldn’t be a bad get for them, but is he really worth $141 million? In Chicago and Minnesota, he stirred up a lot of trouble in the locker room before eventually forcing his way out. Bringing on a nearly 30-year-old defensive minded, hot-headed player to fit alongside LeBron James is probably not the best use of cap space.
Nonetheless, it’s what the Lakers will do if they find themselves coming out empty handed this summer.