Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles still plans to acquire two superstars before the start of the 2018 season.
Rob Pelinka says he thinks two superstar players need to come join the Lakers, "that's our plan."— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) June 23, 2017
Los Angeles still plans to pursue George in 2018 free agency, and George has remained adamant that he will only sign with the Lakers. As such, it appears unlikely that a trade will be done beforehand.
Los Angeles can have over $11.3 million in cap space this offseason, but are able to create over $60 million in cap space next year by parting ways with either Jordan Clarkson or Julius Randle and using the stretch provision on Luol Deng's contract.
That would enough cap space for the Lakers to sign two players to max contracts, fulfilling their goal of adding two superstars. Among the players who can or will be unrestricted free agents next summer include George, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan. The Lakers figure to be interested in all of them.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed