The Los Angeles Lakers are set to compete for everything this season, but that couldn’t be the end for the Purple and Gold, who made sure to get themselves in a good position for the near future. Pairing the likes of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the Californians are ready to win it all next season.
Yet, 2021 will bring one of the best free agency in recent times, even matching the one we just had, and the 16-time NBA champions are ready to pursue some stars in that free market. They’ll count with a lot of cap space when that time arrives, which could give them the chance to start a new rebuild if it’s needed.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA informed teams of a $125M salary cap in summer of 2021. When that time comes, the Lakers won’t have anybody under contract. However, should they re-sign AD, that would give them a whopping $62 million in available cap space.
LeBron James has a one-year player option on his contract for the 2021-2022 season, but rumors say he’ll likely hit the free agency one last time in two years from now. With $62 million available, the Purple and Gold could pursue another star to team up with Davis. Moreover, if they find a couple of pieces willing to take pay cuts, they could even put together a big three.
Some of the names that could hit free agency in 2021 are LeBron James (player option), Kawhi Leonard (player option), Paul George (player option), Giannis Antetokounmpo, Blake Griffin (player option), Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum, Victor Oladipo, and Rudy Gobert among many others.
While the future looks promising for them, the Lakers are set to make a run at an NBA title with Davis and James leading the charge. If the front office knows how to make similar moves to the ones they did this offseason, the Californians will have many years full of success. Still, everything looks good on paper; we’ll see if any of this actually comes true in the future.