The Los Angeles Lakers have a really good chance land a star in the offseason. General Manager Rob Pelinka will have to make some huge changes in order to strengthen the roster. The team was eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Players struggled with injuries and some of the newly-added stars failed to deliver in the postseason.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis will need an extra pair of hand in the upcoming season. Lonzo Ball will become a restricted free agent and LA may try to get him. That’s what Yossi Gozlan from Hoops Hype said. Gozlan laid out a path for LA to get Ball in free agency.
“There actually is a way they could make it fit,” Gozlan said on the Hoops Hype podcast. “Don’t know if they have enough value to make it work trade-wise. I don’t know if you include Kuzma, their pick in this draft and maybe you sign-and-trade Schroder. I don’t know maybe that could get you to the value for a guy like him [Ball]. But the whole point is, I ran some projections, there are definitely some pathways where they could pay Lonzo. Let’s say, I think he’s going to be looking for around $20 million annually. There’s a way that you can fit that in, get hard-capped.”
The Lakers should replace one of their veterans and land a top star player
Los Angeles would have to work with the Pelicans in a sign-and-trade deal. They don’t have much cap space. The Pelicans have a chance to match offers. Zion Williamson showed a different capacity this season and the Pelicans are less willing to give Ball a big deal.
“You’ll probably have to not have Harrell return,” Gozlan added. “You’ll probably have to get off Kuzma’s salary, and this is accounting for bringing back Caruso and Talen Horton-Tucker who I see getting probably close to the full mid-level. It’s very interesting to see if the Lakers choose to go that path. They were already dealing with a big hard cap crunch last offseason by signing Harrell to the full mid-level then they were going through this interesting budget crunch trying to fit the rest of the roster in the hard cap.”
Ball is an excellent option at point guard. What about Dennis Schroder?
Ball’s game has evolved since his time with the Lakers. He was averaging 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 37.8% from the 3-point line.