The Los Angeles Lakers are set to face a major offseason. With Magic Johnson no longer board of the team to try and lure free agents to come along, it’s going to be tough for LeBron James and Rob Pelinka to get their hands on a superstar.
The Lakers’ winning culture, LeBron’s presence, all of their assets and the fact that they have some spare money to spend in the summer can play on their favor, but only if they embrace the fact that they may not be a top-destination for superstars right now.
This team is just on the verge of being a Championship contender, and it looks like they’re just a couple of pieces away from being a legit threat in the Western Conference. Today, we’re going to let you know about the perfect and realistic lineup the Lakers should try and get.
5. FA Targets
There are going to be plenty of great role players up for grabs in free agency, but the Lakers should definitely focus on Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverley if they want to compete for a Championship.
Beverley’s top-tier defense and hustle could really come handy for this team, especially coming off the bench, while Ariza is still one of the best 3-and-D players in the league and also has Championship experience.
4. Bradley Beal For Brandon Ingram
Let’s face facts. The Washington Wizards need to enter rebuild mode right now, and Bradley Beal is already a star whose talents are completely going to waste in the capital, especially with John Wall sidelined with an injury.
Ingram has a lot of upsides and needs a team that can bring him back slowly, and the Wizards should be in no hurry next season. Beal would be a perfect fit next to LeBron for his sharpshooting abilities.
3. Max Contract For Jimmy Butler
As per several reports, Jimmy Butler would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers right away if they’d offer him a max contract, and that’s exactly what they should do if they want to land one of the best two-way players in the game.
The Lakers need a competitor like Jimmy and a guy that could help LeBron in the defensive end of the floor. He truly deserves it, and he can carry the load next to Beal once LeBron is no longer with the team.
2. Best Contract For DeMarcus Cousins
If teams were concerned about DeMarcus Cousins’ health when he first tore his Achilles, they will still be worried now that he suffered another injury, so he’s not likely to get a highly lucrative or longterm offer in the summer.
The Lakers can offer him a chance to compete and prove that he’s still one of the best big men in the league, and should try and work out a nice deal with him. He’s already given up on some money, so he’ll likely have to do it again.
1. Perfect Roster For LeBron James
So, now that they’ve already made a couple of moves, we’re looking at a starting five consisting of Lonzo Ball, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, and DeMarcus Cousins, which would be really scary and bound to make a Championship run.
Also, they’d have Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Moritz Wagner ready to come off the bench next to Patrick Beverley and Trevor Ariza, as well as the 4th overall pick of the Draft. If not, they could even try and build a nice trade package to get Anthony Davis, and this team’s first unit would be even more terrifying.