The Los Angeles Lakers will be busy in the upcoming offseason in developing their young core and upgrading their roster. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson revealed their plan to “bring in” at least one superstar in Los Angeles this summer.
“We’re going to look at every scenario. We’re going to look at every option. And of course, you’re right. This town and this team — the Lakers — has always had a superstar, and a guy who the fans fall in love with, a guy who also makes his teammates better. And that’s what we’re going to try to bring in here,” Johnson said. “We’re going to work hard to do that. We don’t know what’s going to happen, so have me on (the show) later, after we know what our pick is, then I can tell you more about that.”
Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka teaming up to make Lakers great again
The 2017 offseason will test the ability of president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka as front office executives. The 2016-17 NBA season didn’t go well for the Lakers after they failed to enter the playoffs for four straight years. After Kobe Bryant retired, coach Luke Walton admitted that none of his young players could take the role as the face of the franchise.
Their recent performance showed that the Lakers are in dire need of a superstar to return to title contention. Before the trade deadline, Johnson reportedly engaged in trade talks with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird involving Paul George. The Pacers star is reportedly interested in joining the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2018.
If the Pacers will suffer an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017, George is expected to be available on the trading block. Having the third worst record this season, the Lakers are in a strong position to keep their 2017 first-round pick. They could use it in drafting another talented asset or include it in a trade package to acquire a superstar.
Aside from the trade market, the Lakers could also pursue a superstar in the upcoming free agency. Recently, names of incoming free agents Kyle Lowry and Blake Griffin have been linked to the purple and gold. However, their current status may hinder them from acquiring superstars who dream of contending for the title next season.
Jeanie Buss pressures the Lakers to produce an All-Star
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss believes that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka will make the franchise great again. The City of Los Angeles will be the host of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game and Buss hopes the Lakers will have an All-Star on the team.
“Next season, Los Angeles is hosting the NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center and I’m concerned that we won’t have an All-Star on the team. And that would break my heart,” Buss said.
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