On the second day of NBA free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be leading the way in making moves to revamp their roster and bring back key players who helped them reach the Western Conference Finals last season .
Although the Lakers didn’t land a big-name player like Kyrie Irving, Khris Middleton, Kristaps Porzingis or Brook Lopez, Los Angeles is making all the right moves to address areas of need.
Some other teams in the league made some good moves, with the Milwaukee Bucks bringing back Middleton and Lopez and the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing in some solid players, but ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins believes the Lakers have won the NBA Championship on ESPN. No one is on top of what the medium has done.
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Last season, the Lakers went from one of the worst teams in the league to one of the best after a massive upswing at the NBA trade deadline, when general manager Rob Pelinka was finally able to part with Russell Westbrook and make some significant changes. were able to bring things back. players.
The addition of Rui Hachimura, D’Angelo Russell and Jared Vanderbilt proved to be a game-changer for the Lakers, and this success continued into the offseason, with the team bringing all three back for another run.
With the return of all three of those, the Lakers added Gabe Vincent, Jackson Hayes, Taurean Prince and Cam Reddish, while also securing Austin Reeves’ long-term future in Los Angeles.
The Lakers will be as deep as any team in the league next season, which could bode well for a championship in the final stages of LeBron James’ career.
Graphic shows how deep the Lakers’ roster will be next season