Los Angeles Lakers are overwhelming favorites for LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers are overwhelming favorites for LeBron James

Philadelphia received the Lakers 2019 second round pick via the Chicago Bulls, along with cash.

And LA will need cheap contracts to fill out their bench should they wish to make a run at free agents this summer, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

The Lakers probably didn't find a potential All-Star in the group but there are reasons to be optimistic about the new additions, who are considered among the smartest group of players in the class.

"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", Altman said. Los Angeles acquired the 25th pick from Cleveland last February in the trade involving Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Lakers aren't going into this offseason with hope, they're going in with a mandate: turn this lottery team into an instant contender.

The Lakers don't want to get into any trouble during this year's free agency period. "As far as the passion he plays with, his unselfish nature, the way that he spreads the floor, all these things that we've seen on film and that we saw live a couple of times when he worked out for us, we're excited".


"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then", Pelinka added. Newman will join Kansas teammate Svi Mykhailiuk with the Lakers, selected 47th overall in Thursday's draft.

Free agency is going to wild once again.

He returned to North Carolina for his senior season and averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists, earning third team All-American honors. "But the Lakers got not only a shooter; I can do way more than just shoot".

The Lakers' own first round pick, No. 10 overall, belongs to the Sixers as a result of the 2012 trade that brought Steve Nash to Los Angeles.

Leonard wants to be traded to Los Angeles, preferably to the Lakers, sources have told ESPN, leaving Pelinka and team president Magic Johnson in an enviable position of being a desired location for stars.

The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.

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