With now potentially 70 million to recruit in 2018, the Los Angeles Lakers do not hide their ambitions: they want to attract superstars in California.
By taking on Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.’s contracts , the Cleveland Cavaliers offered backup to LeBron James … while possibly facilitating his departure for the Los Angeles Lakers in a few months. Attention, nothing indicates that the King will play in the city of angels. But the Hollywood franchise is now in position to offer him a maximum contract while signing a second superstar. The leaders will have a budget of $ 69 million next July. Heavy envelope likely to be slightly revised down if the Angelenos do not waive the rights of Julius Randle.
” I would not have made this trade if I was not confident [the Lakers can attract two stars],” confided even Magic Johnson , the president of the organization, to the press yesterday evening. His GM, Rob Pelinka , detailed the strategy: ” We have the space to sign two stars if we want it, two in 2018 or one in 2018 and one in 2019. This flexibility is great. “
LeBron James, Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins will be the main free agency players this summer. The Los Angeles Lakers can hope to sign one of the first two cities. Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler will be on the market in 2019.