The Lakers will land their second All-Star player, but they gave up Ball, Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first round draft picks. However, they did not want to include Kyle Kuzma since they value him as the No. 27 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
It is no surprise that the Lakers have been actively pursuing Davis for some time now and they have finally completed the deal for the 26-year-old. Pairing him with LeBron James automatically sets them up for immediate championship contention, but they are not done making noise heading into free agency.
With James and Davis as the cornerstones of the franchise, the Lakers still have room to add one more star in free agency. Charlotte guard Kemba Walker and Philadelphia forward Jimmy Butler are top priorities, sources said.
With Ball out of the picture, the Lakers have a void to fill at point guard and Walker is definitely one of the best players at that position. With Butler’s future uncertain with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Lakers will aggressively pursue him as he is one of the top two-way players and has shown interest in playing in Los Angeles.
Over the past few seasons, the Lakers have been rebuilding through the NBA Draft and have not been able to sign big-name free agents until James in last year’s free agency. This may have been a deterrent for All-Star players who are looking for immediate championship success rather than building for the future.
However, this Los Angeles team has shifted into win now mode with James and Davis leading the way. The Lakers will look to sign a third All-Star player and construct a roster that can win for the 2019-20 NBA season and beyond.