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Who The Lakers Plan On Targeting If They Miss On Big Free Agents

lebron james talks to a teammate during a lakers game

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with a teammate during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers made it clear with their moves today that they want to add another max free agent. But as the New York Knicks are learning, making room for one is no guarantee you'll get one. As a result, the Lakers are apparently working on a contingency plan if they can't get any more big free agents.

According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are expected to pursue Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell and Toronto Raptors megastar Kawhi Leonard. Failing that though, the Lakers will reportedly try to add some combination of

  • Danny Green (Toronto)
  • Terrence Ross (Orlando Magic)
  • Seth Curry (Portland Trail Blazers)

It's clear that Los Angeles will attempt to add some shooting alongside LeBron and Davis with those targets.

The Lakers freed up a lot of cap space on Thursday when Anthony Davis agreed to waive his $4 million trade bonus. That deal apparently included LeBron agreeing to let Davis wear his No. 23 jersey next season.

The team added further space by sending Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards in a trade.

The moves by Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka gives the team an estimated $32 million in cap space.

After several straight losing seasons and a very disappointing first year with LeBron James, the Lakers are being even more aggressive this year.