Coming off of an NBA Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers looked to improve for the 2020-21 season. It was the right mindset to have because if you are not improving in the NBA then you are getting worse, as every team around you is improving.
The Los Angeles Lakers are going to have to utilize every roster-building tool possible this offseason as the team looks to rebound from losing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs to winning another championship with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
One of the Lakers’ pair of two-way players may be out of the NBA next year. After his second season with the Lakers and third season with an NBA team, center Kostas Antetokounmpo has now accumulated three years of service in the league, making him ineligible to sign another two-way contract with any team, per Larry Coon’s invaluable CBA FAQ.
There is no question that coming into the league, Kyle Kuzma was viewed as a talented offensive player. He averaged 18.7 PPG during the 2018-19 season, and there were many who thought he would be able to become the Los Angeles Lakers' third option behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
For various reasons – some very personal, others less so – Pau Gasol has been front and center in my mind for the past couple of years. The whole thing started almost two years ago, when my wife and I relocated, from New York to Barcelona, Spain.
Like many other NBA teams, the offseason is a very busy time of year and for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers will have their hands full during this time as they will have many things to consider when it comes to their roster.
Andre Drummond is not planning to take the minimum from the Lakers in free agency. It turns out that if one wants to figure out whether or not a Lakers free agent is going to return on a favorable deal, the place to find out isn’t Twitter, or Reddit or even this website.
The Los Angeles Lakers are up against the NBA cap. It is the price you pay to put a championship roster together. While the purple and gold failed in this endeavor this season, they did everything they could to put LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and coach Frank Vogel in the best position to win.
The Los Angeles Lakers lost in 6 games and the Phoenix Suns, and it is clear that they needed more from their roster offensively while LeBron James and Anthony Davis weren't at 100% due to injuries sustained during the regular season.
Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz are out of the NBA Playoffs earlier than either team expected. The Lakers were bested in the first round of the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns after Anthony Davis went down with a groin injury in Game 4.
The Lakers are restructuring their training staff after their injury-riddled 2020-21 season, starting — but potentially not ending — with Nina Hsieh. The Los Angeles Lakers got some good injury news on Thursday, when Anthony Davis said his groin was feeling “good” just two weeks after their elimination from the NBA playoffs in the first round.
There are going to be a lot of moving parts for the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. A significant portion of the roster is hitting free agency this offseason and the front office is going to have to decide who stays, who goes, and who is going to replace those that do go.
James clearly believes a compacted offseason which didn’t allow players enough time to rest, recover and recuperate following the unprecedented bubble experience is playing a role in so many stars going down.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka believes this past season was an aberration in terms of injuries to frontline players LeBron James and Anthony Davis that derailed this team in defending their title.