After signing Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract, it’s clear that the Lakers will take every opportunity to improve their roster for the upcoming season. With one more spot open, and not a whole lot of money left to spend, the Lakers will have to be picky in who they choose to fill that spot.
In a piece by Heavy.com’s Jeff Smith, there are a number of candidates Rob Pelinka and the L.A. front office will be looking at this summer in their effort to build a championship contender. He notes Andre Iguodala, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and, perhaps most importantly, NBA point guard legend Chris Paul.
If Paul is bought out, there will likely be a number of interested suitors, but his close friend in LeBron could help make a push to add him to the roster. Although he’d be an appealing addition, the Lakers re-signed Rajon Rondo and also brought in Quinn Cook. Pairing those two with the chatter of James possibly playing point guard, and the backcourt appears to be crowded.
CP3 would provide the biggest advantage for the Lakers. With an ultra-thin backcourt, Paul could be plugged in immediately to play the point and run alongside his friend LeBron James.
As for the others, it will depend on what the Lakers’ feel like they need most. If a buyout is never reached with CP3, they could look to add Carmelo for scoring, or Dwight for rim protection. Of course, one of the most lucrative additions would be Andre Iguodala, who spent the most recent stretch of his career winning Championships in Golden State.
Either way, the Lakers will be looking for someone who can bring the most impact to their team. After signing LeBron and trading for Anthony Davis a summer later, the Lakers are going all-in on a Championship in 2020. Their signings this offseason have included Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, and DeMarcus Cousins. Who will be next?