The Los Angeles Lakers traded bench players Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards on Thursday afternoon as a part of the revamped Anthony Davis trade. While that move may appear insignificant, it could actually have a massive affect on the NBA. Cover your ears Clippers' fans: the Lakers have now cleared max cap space.
The Lakers could go a variety of different directions in free agency. With that in mind, here are four players the Lakers could target in free agency after clearing max cap space.
4. Kyrie Irving, PG
While a reunion between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving appeared unlikely as of a few months ago, the two have apparently mended the fence. Whether or not that's enough to convince Kyrie to sign with LA is anyone's guess, but it's not hard to figured out why the Lakers are interested. Kyrie and LeBron won a championship together in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A trio of Anthony Davis, LeBron and Kyrie could be one of the best "big three's" we've seen in quite some time.
3. Al Horford, C
While not as flashy as Kyrie, the Lakers could target another member of the Boston Celtics in Al Horford. He's one of the most dependable players in basketball: he shoots 3-pointers, rebounds, defends and is reportedly a great teammate. If LeBron is teamed with two big men as versatile as AD and Horford, the Lakers could be hard to stop next season.
2. Jimmy Butler, SG/SF
Jimmy Butler could also bring his tough, defensive minded game to LA. While he's not exactly an elite shooter, Butler could be a great secondary playmaker alongside LeBron, and he and Davis could be an elite defensive tandem. Butler averaged 19.4 points per game (PPG) in the postseason, proving he can play well on the NBA's biggest stage. It could be tough to lure him away from the Philadelphia 76ers, but ruling the Lakers out from signing any free agent is usually a mistake.
1. Kawhi Leonard, SF
Kawhi Leonard just carried the Toronto Raptors to their first title in franchise history, but he's reportedly interested in returning home to LA this summer. While he's most commonly been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers will almost certainly make a run at Kawhi. He's only 27 years old, so Kawhi and AD could carry the Lakers for the foreseeable future, even after LeBron's prime is over. If the Lakers sign Kawhi, Los Angeles could have another dynasty on its hands.
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