This offseason is going to be huge for the Los Angeles Lakers, as the Californians will try to surround LeBron James with the best talent they can in order to come back to the playoffs and end their six-year drought once and for all. The Lakers have been linked with plenty of players in prior weeks and now some of them look closer to land in Los Angeles.
Last summer, the organization purposely filled their roster with one-year contracts to keep their salary cap flexibility for this year’s free agency and now are set to make some splash with the likes of Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, and Kemba Walker available on the market.
Moreover, the Lakers are still on the hunt for Anthony Davis as well as others players like the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, who could be a great addition for the Purple and Gold if the Davis move doesn’t go through. According to Evan Dammarell of Forbes, Beal would be a great player for the Lakers as he could be a very good scorer behind LeBron James.
In order to acquire the shooting guard, Dammarell believes that a trade package including Lonzo Ball and the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft “should be more than enough” to convince Washington to agree to a deal. Nevertheless, things could go wrong if the Wizards also want to get rid of some heavy contracts. If that happens, Dammarell suggested that the Lakers could seek help from James’ former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Thankfully, there’s a team that James knows all too well that can make this trade happen. The Cleveland Cavaliers are deep into a rebuild after James left town to join the Lakers, and are more than willing to take on bloated contracts in order to help expedite the process. Cleveland also has J.R. Smith’s partially guaranteed contract worth $3.9 million, the twenty-sixth overall pick, as well as future expiring contracts like Tristan Thompson ($18.5 million), Brandon Knight ($15.6 million), Jordan Clarkson ($13.4 million), John Henson ($9.7 million) and Matthew Dellavedova ($9.6 million) to work with as well.”
If the Cavs agreed to that deal, they could acquire assets that could help them in the future. Trading expiring contracts for draft picks will give the Cavaliers the chance to assemble a young team that takes them to be competitive again, something similar to the Atlanta Hawks right now and their exciting near future.