The Los Angeles Lakers are hitting free agency this summer with a lot of uncertainties. Only six players are locked under contract next season in LeBron James, Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Talen Horton-Tucker, Alex Caurso and Quinn Cook, who is only partially guaranteed. The biggest free agent out of all of them is Anthony Davis, who is expected to decline his player option this summer. Anthony Davis was traded for by the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, and he has proven to be the second star they needed next to LeBron James, but could he end up leaving the Lakers in free agency? Anthony Davis will be the top NBA free agent in 2020, and he will have multiple teams lining up to offer him a max contract, but the Lakers are still expected to be the favorites to re-sign him.
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Dwight Howard has been one of the biggest surprises for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, in the best way possible. Howard has proven himself to be an elite finisher around the rim, while protecting it on the defensive end. Frank Vogel and the Lakers have opted to stick with JaVale McGee as their primary starting center, but Dwight Howard has accepted his role off the bench and is flourishing in it. He will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Lakers will have a big decision to make as to whether to re-sign him, or let him walk.
Along with Dwight Howard, the other primary center for the Lakers, JaVale McGee, could become a free agent this summer. McGee has a player option in his contract, which he can either pick up or waive. McGee has started just about every game that he has been healthy for, and has proven himself as a reliable defender and lob threat.
McGee’s career has been revived in LA, and it would not be surprising to see him back in the starting five along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the beginning of the 2020-21 NBA regular season. With the uncertainty surrounding the league right now, the Lakers re-signing Davis & McGee seems like the best bet. Many sportsbooks are starting to look ahead too without games to place bets on. Sites like Legalbetting.com are keeping sports fans updated during this time.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, whose contract was beginning to look like a burden at the start of the year, has proven himself to be one of the most reliable scorers and wing defenders on the Lakers throughout the season. KCP has a player option this summer, but he may decide to decline it after his impressive play throughout the year. Caldwell-Pope would be a valuable member of the Lakers off the bench next season if they can bring him back on a team friendly deal, or if he decides he wants to pick up his player option and remain under contract for at least one more season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have many more free agents for this upcoming season. Avery Bradley has a player option, but he has been the starting point guard for most of this season. Rajon Rondo, another veteran off the bench, could hit the open market as well. The two players the Lakers picked up in the buyout market, Markieff Morris and Dion Waiters, are both going to become unrestricted free agents this summer as well. The Lakers will have a lot of decisions to make when the free agency period opens up this summer.
Los Angeles Lakers’ Free Agents Discussed:
- Anthony Davis
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Dwight Howard
- Javale McGee
- Avery Bradley
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