The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue the top free agents and players available in the trade market but one under-the-radar signing could be their probable acquisition of Chandler Parsons, who will opt out in the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers are reportedly willing to trade their first round pick, which could go as high as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and other players to get a legit NBA superstar, who will be available in the trade market.
According to NBA rumors, the Lakers will also pursue Kevin Durant in free agency even though the OKC superstar has said that he will only sign with a team that is contending for a title.
However, with a big salary cap space created by the retirement of Kobe Bryant ($25 million) and the expiring contract of Roy Hibbert ($15.5 million), the Lakers are one of the teams with the opportunity of signing not only one free agent star but two depending on the maximum contracts they demand.
Kevin Durant will most likely demand a max contract valued nearly $25 million per season and the Lakers can give him that. Meanwhile, Chandler Parsons is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Mavericks worth over $16 million and search for a long-term huge deal that could pay him about $20 million per season.
The Lakers can afford to give both max contracts to Durant and Parsons but still leave a few more millions to sign another player with a smaller contract who could be part of the rotation.
The Lakers also have the first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, which could be packaged with one of their current players and trade for a superstar, like the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins or the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, both of whom could be on their way out of their respective teams, according to NBA rumors.
The arrival of Luke Walton as head coach in Los Angeles has changed a lot in Lakers land with talk out of Hollywood that they are in win-now mode rather than rebuild for the future. This means that the young guys like Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle could be available for trades, as per NBA rumors, especially if the Lakers net an established superstar in return.
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