Having one of them added to the trio of LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Davis already in place would give the Lakers one of the strongest foursomes in the National Basketball Association. This is great for the Lakers as it could mean another 2-3 years of James as well.
As it stands, though, they have LeBron James, and that won't be true forever.
Cool cool cool. Generally speaking, the world needs more of that.
Plenty can happen from now until the official start of free agency next month, but when it comes to Philadelphia, it's still hard not to view them as the favorites at the moment to land Butler, especially now that Davis has made the Lakers possibility unlikely to happen.
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Filling out the remainder of the roster could be troublesome, but there are always players willing to take less money to play for a contender. That's a concern, given that James and Davis both missed time to injuries last season. The first priority should be evaluating the expiring free agents and determine who to re-sign. The Lakers have completed the trade for Anthony Davis, so now will they chase Jimmy Butler? Although Svi had a bit of a cult following with Laker fans, he was still far away from being a realistic contributor for a title-contending team.
This also supports agent Rich Paul's contention that he puts Davis' interests first while representing Davis, not catering to fellow client LeBron James. The core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday, Josh Hart, Zion Williamson, Julius Randle, and potentially the 4th pick, could set the Pelicans up for success for years to come. "That's probably the better route for the Lakers to go". Just look at how big of an impact Fred VanVleet had on the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.
The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to clear salary cap space to make a max contract offer this summer, according to a report.