The Los Angeles Lakers rebuilding process may be coming to an end after a couple of years out of the playoffs picture, with the dawn of the post-Kobe Bryant era about to set place in the Staples Center.
Even though the team has thrived off their youngsters over the last couple of seasons, it seems like the team is set to enter win-now mode, even if that means parting ways with a couple of their young assets.
Magic Johnson has been pretty confident on his ability to bring top-tier talents to Los Angeles, mostly due to the team’s winning culture and all the entertainment the city can provide the greatest athletes in the world. And now, it feels like this could be the perfect summer for the Lakers.
Paul George has been constantly linked with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers ever since he was still playing for the Indiana Pacers, with the league even issuing a tampering fine against the Lakers for reportedly influencing his decision to leave the Pacers.
And now that he’s opted out of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and he’s free to sign anywhere, he has already stated that he loves LA and feel that city as his home and that he fell in love with the game by watching Kobe Bryant. Also, he said that he always pictured himself in a Lakers jersey. Your move, Magic.
Kawhi Leonard has already opened up about his situation, he’s stated that he doesn’t want to be a team’s go-to-guy and that he doesn’t want to stay with the Spurs anymore and would love to play in Los Angeles.
With no team willing to risk many assets for a guy that has already said that he will join the Lakers next season, the Spurs should just try and take a good offer to trade him away to the Lakers right now instead of losing him for nothing. For what it’s worth, they could offer Kuzma, Ingram, a future 1st and a future 2nd; or Ingram, Hart, future 1st and 2nd and Randle via sign and trade.
LeBron James has just opted out of the last year of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, something that pretty much rules him out of signing with the Houston Rockets, as the only way he could do so was by completing a sign and trade.
Also, according to several reports, he has already let the Lakers know his desire to play with the franchise if they land Kawhi Leonard this summer. So, with a squad plagued with All-Stars and arguably the greatest player ever, could somebody finally stop the Golden State Warriors? We don’t know, but great times are coming; showtime is back.
DeMarcus Cousins, Short-term deal
If they wind up completing all these moves, even DeMarcus Cousins could be dressed in purple and gold, either via sign and trade or with George, James and him taking a pay cut, and a lineup consisting of Ball, George, Leonard, James and Cousins would be definitely worth it.