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The Los Angeles Lakers have little, if anything, for which to play, these days, casting their lonely eyes toward July when NBA free agency tips off.
Last summer, the Lakers were spurned by Paul George, whom most believed would opt to head home and join LeBron James in Hollywood.
However, George decided to re-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile, the Lakers will miss the postseason for a sixth consecutive season and more importantly, the curtain is dropping on another season of James’ prime.
Many expect the Lakers’ braintrust of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to land a big-the free agent come July.
But Bill Oram of The Athletic says Los Angles might have to pump its brakes on such expectations.
“And the timing here is crucial,” Oram writes. “The Lakers need to project stability going into yet another critical offseason if they hope to attract a second superstar to pair with James.”
Oram goes on to say free agents — a class which includes the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker — will go down the same path this summer as George did last July.
“After Paul George ignored the Lakers last summer, most league insiders believe the biggest names in this year’s loaded class of free agents will follow his lead,” Oram said.