Even though the Los Angeles Lakers may have got their man in the form of LeBron James this summer, that doesn't mean that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are done scouring the free agent and trade markets before the offseason comes to a close.
Even after acquiring James off the free agent market, the Lakers have been rumored to still be pursuing fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard to pair with James, even if the San Antonio Spurs are making that venture a difficult one. But according to Chris Sheridan, LA has their eyes on multiple All-Stars to pair alongside James, not just Kawhi.
“A number of trade options are being considered by Lakers executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, and names that are being bandied about include Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, and John Wall … among others.”
It seems that the Lakers have a few backup plans if their trade aspirations with the Spurs falls through.
Damian Lillard seems to be the big name on that list of players, as pairing the young Lillard with James would provide a similar look to the Lakers the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers had with Kyrie Irving running point. Bradley Beal could also be an option for the Lakers, providing some much-needed shooting on a roster that desperately needs it, especially if LeBron is running the show.
A trade for Lillard would most certainly include rookie standout Lonzo Ball, whose position within the team is already at risk after the signing of Rajon Rondo.
There's no doubt that the Lakers have the assets to acquire almost any All-Star they want to give LeBron a running mate, it's just a matter of when they pull the trigger.