3 Best Options for Los Angeles Lakers If Kawhi Leonard Signs With Clippers or Raptors

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers
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In case you haven't heard by now, the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in acquiring 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. If they can get it done, the move would make the Lakers even bigger favorites to win next year's title than they currently are (+125, according to FanDuel Sportsbook), as the team already has two superstars in forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

However, if there's anything to be learned from NBA free agency, it's that things are always subject to change. While the Lakers may seem like the most likely destination for Leonard, they could be out of the running as early as this afternoon.

With that in mind, here are the three best backup plans for the Lakers if they're not able to get their guy.

3. DeMarcus Cousins, F/C

2019 NBA Finals - Game Six
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

If the Lakers do end up missing on Leonard, they could use their max cap space to go after Cousins as well as a second or third additional role player. This would be a solid move, as the Lakers should have plenty of scoring and shot creating from Davis and James, and it would be prudent to go after players who can fill a need. Cousins, who averages 10.9 rebounds per game and 1.2 blocks per game over his seven year career, would be an immediate help to an already stacked frontcourt.

2. Danny Green, G

2019 NBA Finals - Game One
2019 NBA Finals - Game One / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Green is another guy who could immediately make the Lakers better for a fraction of the cost of Leonard. The Lakers need three-point shooting to space the floor for James and Davis, and Green would be a great fit, as he shoots greater than 40% from distance for his career. He is also a solid perimeter defender, another area the Lakers are lacking as of now.

1. Marcus Morris, F

Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Morris had another successful season as a role player last year, averaging 13.9 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds per game for the Boston Celtics. He would be a great player for the Lakers to add, along with one or two other role-playing free agents, and could be used as a starter as well off the bench.


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Leo Abbe-Schneider is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Leo Abbe-Schneider also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username leoabbe2. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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