Magic Johnson says franchise will focus on next summer if they don’t get who they want
Heading into this year’s free agency period, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be major players in their efforts toward bringing in premier talent to the franchise. The front office has positioned the team to be able to bring aboard two max contract players along with possessing promising young talent to build around.
The situation may appear to be an intriguing landing spot for a top-tier free agent to step into, but there isn’t any guarantee that will be the case for the Lakers this summer. This is something that president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has acknowledged while voicing that the team will turn their efforts to next offseason if that scenario unfolds, according to ClutchPoints’ Ryan Ward.
Magic Johnson: “We’re about free agency…we know we have two summers to deal with” #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) June 26, 2018
The Lakers have all of their focus directed at making a couple of big splashes this offseason with how the team is situated with their plethora of salary cap space along with the expected big names on the market such as LeBron James and Paul George. There is a growing assumption that the team could be the favorite to land both players next month, but there is a chance that the team could miss out on both or any big name at that the matter.
Depending on how things shape up, there could be some superstar talent headlining next year’s free-agent class with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson. Meanwhile, both James and Paul could be in that group if they pick up the player option on the final years of their respective deals.
There is much that could change from now until then, but the Lakers are a promising position to bring in some superstar talent in free agency over the next two offseasons. Before that conversation can shift to that scenario, Los Angeles will first see what comes about next month.