As the world waits for the decision of Kawhi Leonard, the Lakers are sitting with their hands tied. With only enough to offer the max for Kawhi, they cannot sign any players that will hurt their cap until he makes his choice.
The problem is, if he doesn’t sign with the Lakers, their options are going to be limited. They have virtually no depth, and with the majority of free agents already committed to teams, it will be hard for L.A. to find players worthy of paying $10+ million contracts to.
So, as a resolution, they might look at the trade market, where Miami has been eagerly awaiting someone to take Goran Dragic off their hands.
According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, should the Los Angeles Lakers fail to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they may then turn their attention to Dragic, as the Lakers could absorb his salary in a trade.
The Kawhi Leonard decision could impact how this trade unfolds. The Lakers could certainly enter into the equation for Dragic if they miss out on Leonard. https://t.co/wuzsy4tARt
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 1, 2019
The Heat guard played in just 36 games this past season due to knee issues, averaging 13.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds over 27.5 minutes per game. While his health is obviously a concern, he would be an ideal fit in the backcourt for LeBron and Anthony Davis. He is a brilliant scorer and shooter, and former All-Star for the Heat.
Due to make $19.2 million next season, the Lakers could trade for him and still have money to pursue other players as well.