Since acquiring LeBron James in the recent free agency, Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka made it clear that they are not done yet in upgrading their roster. The Lakers purposely filled their roster with one-year contracts to maintain their salary cap flexibility for the summer of 2019. The 2019 NBA free agency will be featuring several NBA superstars including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, and DeAndre Jordan.
Aside from targeting superstars in the free agency market, the Lakers also have a plethora of trade assets to engage in a blockbuster deal with other NBA teams. This summer, the Lakers were linked to two NBA superstars who had disputes with their teams – Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard. Like Leonard, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report revealed that Butler also had an interest in joining the Purple and Gold. However, the Lakers passed on trading for both superstars.