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Dissecting the Lakers’ Offseason Decisions

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After winning the 2019-2020 NBA championship the Lakers have to make some decisions to make.
General Manager Rob Pelinka will have to make decisions on some free agents and players on the team who are under contract.

So, who are those guys?

First of all, let’s look at the players who can be potentially free agents that participated in the championship team. They are a lot of players that have a player option…

Avery Bradly ($5 million), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($8.6 million), JaVale McGee ($4.2 million), and Rajon Rondo ($2.3 million).

Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo are expected to decline their options, making them free agents. It’s still uncertain whether they plan to come back to the Lakers or to go to another team. They are also free agents that don’t have an option, like Dwight Howard, Markeef Morris, Jared Dudley, Deion Waiters, and J.R. Smith. Also, DeMarcus Cousins is out there once again. What players will the front office decide to bring back?

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Now, Rob Pelinka will have also have to make decisions on players who are under contract. Besides LeBron James, and maybe Alex Caruso, the team could look to trade them in order to create cap space or get new players.

Those players are Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Kyle Kuzma, and Talen Horton-Tucker.

Green, who struggled in the postseason, makes $15 million and could be traded. Kyle Kuzma is entering the last year of his rookie contract, so it will be interesting to see what the front office decides to do with him.

Anthony Davis

The biggest decision of the offseason of course will be Anthony Davis. He declined his player option and will become a free agent, but will reportedly re-sign with the Lakers. The question is, how long will the contract be? Davis has all the leverage, and he will sign the contract for the length that he wants.

He can sign a 1+1 contract to stay the same amount of time as LeBron James. Davis can also sign for a longer time to assure his future long term, but with the cap space taking a hit because of Covid-19, this is unlikely. 

What do you think the front office will do?
Would they try to run back the team, or will they try to shake some things up?  

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