The Los Angeles Lakers finished the 2020-21 NBA season with a loss. They were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs. General Manager Rob Pelinka will have to make some changes. According to recent rumors, the Lakers may be signing an all-star.
LA is still looking for a third superstar to play behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Several players have tried to take this position, but they had zero success.
Dennis Schroder was set to be the third option behind both superstars. However, the German native struggled to make an impact. Instead of looking for a great third option, LA may turn their focus on signing a third player.
Lakers may be signing an All-Star to boost their roster
Pelinka doesn’t have much money and there aren’t too many tradeable assets. LA needs to get creative if players are trying to make a splash in the offseason. Chris Paul may be interested in joining LeBron in LA. Zack Buckley of Bleacher Report believes that the Lakers should try to get the 11-time All-Star.
“Same goes with James’ close friend (and first-round foe) Chris Paul, who intends to decline his $44.4 million player option, per B/R’s Eric Pincus,” wrote Buckley. “Pair any two of James, Paul and Davis in two-man actions, and L.A. could have an unstoppable formula for half-court offense.”
Paul turned the Phoenix Suns from low-impact team to title contenders. But, he can easily leave the team at any point. Buckley said that Paul will probably decline his player option. The superstar will have a chance to test the open market. Phoenix is the favorite to keep Paul, but a lot of things can happen overnight.
Paul is 36 and he has suffered a lot of injuries. He will probably retire in a few seasons. If he doesn’t like the way Phoenix handles the game, he can easily join forces with LeBron. He and LeBron will look really well together. LeBron and Anthony Davis are making a huge impact on the floor and they can easily make room for Paul.