With their options dwindling, could the Lakers pursue Kemba Walker this summer? Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer thinks so and said he could be the guy to take them to the next level.
“LeBron James and the Lakers could also chase Walker, as their options this summer will likely be more limited than they expected. Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis will define the offseason, but Walker’s decision will play a role in determining which teams can vault into contention. Walker could be the piece that makes Durant and the Knicks work or takes LeBron and the Lakers to the next level. Those are the typical big-market destinations, but multiple teams inquired about Walker’s availability prior to the deadline.”
Obviously, Kemba is not their first choice. But it might be their only choice.
Klay Thompson is likely staying in Golden State, Kevin Durant is (by all indications) signing with the Knicks, and Kawhi Leonard is almost surely headed to play with Doc Rivers and the Clippers.
The Lakers cannot afford to go into next season empty-handed, no matter what happens with the names mentioned above. Thus, they might be forced to sign a B-list star like Kemba Walker.
Whether or not that will be enough to get them to the next level is arguable, but Kemba would certainly be a good start.