According to Alex Kennedy, several veterans have already opened up about their plans to take a pay cut and accept a minimum deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers if they wind up landing LeBron James.
And with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George also about to be dressed in purple and gold, who wouldn’t want to have the chance to play with the best trio of forwards (except for Kevin Durant) in the world?
The Lakers are bound to compete for a Championship once again and finally put an end to the Golden State Warriors dominance, and that’s obviously something veteran players (especially those who haven’t won a ring) are going to be looking up to. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 10 veterans that could join the Lakers.
10. Trevor Ariza
Money’s going to be extremely tight in Houston with the team desperate to keep Clint Capela and re-sign Chris Paul, so there’s a huge chance Trevor Ariza just decides to take his talents elsewhere.
He already knows what is like to win a Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers and wouldn’t mind having the chance to compete for an NBA Championship, something LeBron, Leonard and George pretty much guarantee him.
9. Dwyane Wade
Even though Dwyane Wade was extremely happy about coming back to the Miami Heat and wasn’t even sure if he was going to play beyond this past season, it’s not crazy to believe that he could be on the move once again.
Besides being one of the greatest shooting guards this game has ever seen, Wade’s also known for his close friendship with LeBron James, so he could convince him to join forces with him once again and lead the team’s second unit.
8. Tony Parker
On a very surprising turn of events and following yet another dismal performance in the playoffs, Tony Parker stated that he was open to the possibility of leaving the San Antonio Spurs and playing elsewhere next season.
With Lonzo Ball leading the way as the team’s starting point guard, Parker would have his minutes limited and work as Lonzo’s mentor, while also having the chance to win another ring before retiring.
7. Marco Belinelli
The veteran swingman is coming off a terrific season with the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, and he’s definitely going to have a lot of offers on his table due to his top-tier three-point shooting ability.
It’s always nice to have a reliable and consistent scorer from beyond the arc, and even though he’s not much of a defender or a switchable guy, he makes up for it with his ability to knock down shots on a regular basis.
6. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford has already informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that he’s going to opt out of the last year of his deal with the team, and he would love to have the chance to finally compete for an NBA Championship.
Crawford is one of the greatest sixth men in the history of the game and his crafty spectacular plays and dribbles would be perfect for the Lakers on the verge of the second coming of the showtime.
5. Joe Johnson
ISO Joe is coming off a very disappointing season, as he thought he would have a huge role in Utah’s offense but didn’t get many touches, just to find himself in the same situation after he signed with the Houston Rockets.
The veteran scorer would be a great addition for any contending team on a veteran minimum deal, considering his ability to consistently score from all three levels and his commitment as a rebounder and playmaker.
4. Brandan Wright
If you want to win a Championship, you need to have good defenders on your ranks, and that’s where Brandan Wright may be a key asset off the bench as the team’s rim protector, also being able to guard all the way to the perimeter.
Wright has never been much of a dominant force down low in the offensive end of the floor, or a flashy shot blocker that may pile up a lot of stats, but he’s great with the intangibles and brings a lot of effort in the defensive end.
3. Gerald Green
Gerald Green’s career never took off the way everybody expected but still, he’s a very steady contributor that can get hot on the blink of an eye and single-handedly win a game with his streaky shooting.
He’s also a guy that can knock everybody off their feet with his explosiveness and impressive dunks, something that may suit perfectly with the Staples Center and the Lakers die-hard fan base.
2. Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph was quite productive this year for the Sacramento Kings, even with limited minutes, and he could be a great addition at the 4-5 spot for any team looking for some depth in the frontcourt.
Randolph can bully his way around the rim and is a master of positioning and getting the offensive board, and that kind of hustle is something the Lakers would definitely appreciate if he winds up signing there.
1. Vince Carter
And last but not least, if Vince Carter doesn’t end up signing with the Golden State Warriors, it’d be great to watch him put an end to his incredible career with such a mythical franchise as the Los Angeles Lakers.
Carter has already made it to the Finals but still hasn’t been able to win an NBA Championship, and he’s probably the active player that deserves it the most, even more than Chris Paul. Hopefully, he’ll join these reinforced Lakers and win a ring.