For the first time in a while, L.A. is expected to make some serious moves as they attempt to put themselves back in Championship contention. ESPN’s Kevin Pelton recently discussed how this special summer could land the Lakers several big-name stars. And according to him, it’s all about timing.
Peyton writes that LeBron and PG13’s combined salary (assuming they get both), would cost the Lakers more than $65 million, leaving LA with no other choice than to trade a player like Luol Deng to San Antonio for Kawhi (though of course it would cost a lot more than that for the Spurs to give up Leonard).
Timing is the biggest challenge to the Lakers pulling off a big three this summer because a trade would have to happen before signing either free agent. Otherwise, a player like Deng would have already been waived, resulting in the loss of an important financial trading piece.
So, in short, the Lakers could end up with a legitimate “super” team. While the path is tough, there should definitely be reason for the rest of the league to worry.