The Lakers can still create around 32 to 34 million dollars in cap space. I know this makes you think “Sign a Max guy!!”. However, unless they can convince Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson to join them, I don’t think they should be spending all that money on one player.
Whether that’s Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler or Kemba Walker. If you look a little deeper at this free agency class, there are a lot of second tier guys that would be perfect compliments to that monstrous front court and make this team unbeatable.
His tenacity, defense, leadership and toughness will make him a perfect glue guy for a championship team. Having him in the locker room will be a huge boost to the team’s morale, and his fit on the court is easy to see. He has improved from 3-point territory, he’ll do all the little things and he doesn’t need the ball in his hands. An unselfish guy who would fit in beautifully along with the next guy I’m going to mention.
Another easy one to see. One of the best three point shooters in the game and maybe even NBA history. He also has a good reputation in locker rooms around the league and plays with a lot of toughness. Just a pure catch and shoot guy who will get plenty of great looks with LeBron James as the point forward.
I would much rather have these two guys instead of any of those guards, now that Anthony Davis is on the team. As the Toronto Raptors just showed us, you don’t need a bunch of stars to win a championship, you need a team that fits together. And as the Golden State Warriors just showed us, a lack of depth and derail a season. Signing these two players rather than one superstar provides both fit and depth.
As a side note, I didn’t forget about Kevin Durant but the reason I wouldn’t sign him either is because the Laker’s time is now. The door has swung wide open and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
LeBron James has been resting since April, something he hasn’t been able to do in 13 years. He will be fresh and ready to roll next season. Kevin Durant won’t be playing anywhere and the Western Conference will be up for grabs. The Lakers need to do everything they can to take advantage and gear up for 2019-2020. If they play their cards right, they will tie the Boston Celtics and win their 17th championship.