Lakers Big Offseason Moves Put Them in a Position to Repeat

The reigning NBA champions the Lakers have made offseason moves that put them in a position to repeat.  

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 In his second year in Los Angeles, LeBron James won the NBA Championship while going 16-5 in the playoffs. James originally signed with the Lakers in July of 2018 for four years, and he has already played two years of his four year contract. Recently, LeBron James signed a new contract of 85 million dollars for two more years. According to Clutchpoints, LeBron stated, “It means that we’re here and we’re committed to this franchise. We’re going to give everything we got.” This contract means he will be with the Lakers until 2024.

 

 Anthony Davis was the Lakers leading scorer and rebounder, and he steals and blocks for the 2019-2020 season. He signed with the Lakers in 2019 after being traded for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first round draft picks, including the number four pick in the 2019 draft, as maintained by NBA.com. In an interview with Chris McGee on Spectrum Sportsnet, Davis said, “There wasn’t a doubt you know I’m gonna come back…L.A.’s the place I want to be.” 

 

“The deal includes an early-termination option prior to the fifth year of the deal in 2024-25,” added Rich Paul, Davis’ agent.

 

 In a discussion about Anthony Davis’ contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said, “He considered several short- and long-term contract scenarios before accepting a full five-year, maximum offer, sources said.”

 

The Lakers traded guard Danny Green and the 28th overall draft pick from the 2020 draft to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to NBA.com, the 76er’s traded for Danny Green after the Lakers traded him to the Thunder. Dennis Schroder averaged 18.9 points per game with the Thunder last season.

 

They also acquired reigning six man of the year Montrezl Harrell. Last season, Montrezl Harrell played for the Lakers cross town rivals the Clippers. He averaged 18.6 points per game last season and 7.1 rebounds. The Lakers also got Wes Matthews from the Bucks, Marc Gasol from the Raptors, and Aflazo McKinnie from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

According to sports radio host Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, “there is a strong possibility that the Los Angeles Lakers will win NBA championship in the next two NBA seasons to complete a three-peat. The Lakers have a chance to 3-peat’ unless James Harden joins the Nets.”

 

 In accordance with Clutchpoints, Anthony Irwin, podcast host of Locked on Lakers, said, “My expectations on this Lakers team are through the roof and I honestly think that this might be the best Lakers roster of my lifetime. I was born in ’86, so not including the Showtime era, just because I was so young at that point, but they’re better than the three-peat team and the back-to-back title teams.” From this, Irvin is referring that he believes this year’s Lakers to be better than Kobe and Shaq’s team, though not as good as the Lakers team that went to the finals eight times in ten years.   

 

Despite getting a lot of new additions to the Lakers roster, they also lost a couple of key pieces. Rajon Rondo was an important part in the Lakers playoff push, same with Dwight Howard, who left the Lakers to join the 76er’s. The Lakers also lost Avery Bradley to the Miami Heat. After trading center Javlee McGee to the Cavaliers for Aflonzo Mckinne and Jordan Bell, the Lakers also ended up waiving Jordan Bell.

 

“The Lakers are the favorites to win the Championship,” said ESPN. It seems, from numerous sources, that the Lakers have had a successful offseason.