The Lakers had big plans for the 2018 offseason. There was serious talk that Los Angeles was poised to add multiple All-Star players. That didn't happen, but Magic Johnson's franchise was able to add one: LeBron James.
LeBron might be the only All-Star player sporting the Purple and Gold in 2018-19, but it would be pretty shocking if that's still the case by the start of the 2019-20 season.
The 2019 free agency class is going to be a massive one. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker and others are set to hit the free agency market.
The Lakers are "all but assured" to add at least one All-Star to the LeBron-led team in 2019, says NBA insider David Aldridge.
He discussed the Lakers future in his recent mailbag.
With James on the ground in L.A., the Lakers are all but assured to get one of the group of elite players who’ll be unrestricted in 2019 -- Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker or someone else who shakes free or is otherwise available.
An addition of Kawhi, Klay or Butler/Kemba seems extremely possible, if not likely. The Lakers are going to have a lot of cap space again in 2019. Los Angeles has been criticized for some of its post-LeBron signings, but they're all fairly cheap, one-year deals.
The Lakers can either let those deals expire next summer and have a bunch of cap space or using the expiring contracts during the season to make a trade for a Kawhi or a Butler.