LeBron James spent his first season in Los Angeles as the only All-Star playing for the Lakers. Is that going to change in Year 2? That’s the goal.
The Lakers are obviously still interested in trading for Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis, though recent reports indicate that New Orleans isn’t likely to facilitate that.
Davis isn’t the only All-Star the Lakers have interest in trading for, however.
Sporting News NBA insider Sean Deveney reports that the Lakers are interested in trading for at least two other star players.
The two players: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal and Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.
The Lakers have other players they’re targeting in trades, according to league sources. Chief among them is Wizards guard Bradley Beal, though with the Wizards not yet hiring a front office honcho, no decision has been made whether to trade Beal. But LA will be in position to make an attractive offer if Beal is put on the block.
There’s also interest in point guard Kyle Lowry, who could be available if the Raptors lose Kawhi Leonard in free agency. Because of Lowry’s age (33) and contract ($33 million for next season), the Lakers could bring him in for a relatively limited outgoing package.
Beal, a potential All-NBA player this year, has two years left on his contract. It would require a major trade package to land him, in all likelihood. It’s also possible the Wizards’ new GM decides to not trade him.
Lowry, meanwhile, could be on the move if Kawhi Leonard doesn’t re-sign in Toronto.
It’s going to be a highly-eventful offseason in the NBA. Stay tuned for all of the updates.