The free-agent class of 2018 is one of absolutely epic proportions. LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and many, many more talented ballers ready to possibly don a Lakers jersey. And for Los Angeles, they're on mostly everyone's radar.
But what if the Lakers decide to go in a completely different direction? Rather than acquire any of those guys this July, maybe they target a trade for the superstar they want? While doing that would mean trading away part of their young core, that's apparently something Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are willing to do now.
In a recent report regarding the Lakers, they've made it known to the rest of the league that no player currently on their roster is considered "untouchable." Meaning, if the right deal comes their way, they'd at least entertain the thought of pulling through with it.
Per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, no player in young core is untouchable if the offer is good enough and if Los Angeles Lakers can land a superstar:
"While they like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of trade and free-agent negotiations.
"To be clear, the Lakers are not actively shopping any of their players. They are willing to listen to offers and could move one of them — even a member of the talented young cadre of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram or Josh Hart — if an offer blows them away."
Regardless of how the Lakers approach the summer, it's clear that these next few months will be crucial to their future. By trading their valuable young guys, L.A. can acquire some serious star power right away. But if they decide to keep their young core, it could lead to the future development of a dynasty. It's never easy to make a call like that... and lucky for us, we don't have to.