Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka believes the team has “flexibility” cap-wise to build around LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the long-haul.
Pelinka says the Lakers’ goal is to add another talented young player next to James and Davis.
“We hope we can have another championship run, build pieces around LeBron and AD,” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said on the Woj Pod, via Sportskeeda.
“But for the future, if you study our cap, we have the flexibility. The objective is to add another really talented young player to pair him up with AD if he chooses to sign with us for the long term.”
Anthony Davis will decline his 2020-21 player option with the Lakers and sign a new deal. LeBron James, meanwhile, will make $39,219,565 in 2020-21 and has a player option worth $41,002,273 for the 2021-22 season.
The Lakers have already been linked to three players this offseason and the 2020 transaction period hasn’t even started yet. Two older players, Chris Paul and Derrick Rose, could be acquired by Pelinka via trade.
However, Washington Wizards star shooting guard Bradley Beal is the piece most Lakers fans want Pelinka to get next to LeBron and Davis.
If Los Angeles had a Big Three of James, Davis and Beal, they could potentially easily repeat as champions in 2020-21. However, all indications are that the Wizards aren’t going to trade Beal this offseason, so Pelinka will most likely have to go after Paul or Rose or find another young star to trade for.