The Los Angeles Lakers made quite a few headlines this offseason. After being eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs by the Phoenix Suns, Rob Pelinka wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again and overhauled the entire roster.
There are only three players in training camp, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker, that were on last season’s team. There are going to be at least 10 new players on the roster when the regular season kicks off in a few weeks.
The biggest acquisition was Russell Westbrook, who was acquired in a trade with the Washington Wizards. Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the No. 22 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft were sent to Washington.
Armed with little more than veteran’s minimum contracts, Pelinka got to work filling out the roster and did a great job. Carmelo Anthony, Wayne Ellington, Malik Monk, Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore all signed minimum deals. Kendrick Nunn signed a two-year $10.25 million deal.
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Rajon Rondo and DeAndre Jordan also signed minimum deals after being bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons.
It is clear that the Lakers’ front office will do whatever it takes to ensure they have the most competitive team they can on the roster. They will make moves if they feel it will improve the team’s chances of winnings.
More moves are likely to come during the regular season. Could Norman Powell be a target down the line? Let’s take a look at this hypothetical trade package that lands Powell in Los Angeles.