With many free agents for the next free agency, the Lakers will have to keep a competitive roster. New signatures in sight, or trades? Everything is possible, even if we know a little more about the front office strategy.
Already eliminated from the playoff race, the Lakers will give themselves a few weeks of rest. The summer promises to be busy, and in particular for LeBron James, who nevertheless intends to snub Team USA for another project. Others, like Anthony Davis, are going to have to make sure they recover properly from injury.
While waiting to dive into the new season, it is the front office that will have to roll up its sleeves. Rob Pelinka has work to keep a competitive roster, which won’t necessarily be easy with the many free agents in the roster, like Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso or Talen Horton-Tucker.
Yes the first city has already announced its choice for the future, this is not the case for all. As is often the case, playing for a title contender is a huge chance, but in the case of THT, finding significant playing time could be a priority. However, for Pelinka, the goal seems clear for this summer.
Quoted by Mike Trudell, the GM intends to keep the parts of its workforce as much as possible:
Regarding the free agency that is coming, we think we have a group of players who are already capable of accomplishing special things. The goal is to keep everyone together. We have this desire to add an 18th banner.
Not easy to keep everyone, especially when you have to take out the checkbook. With his good performances, Caruso can claim a good contract, not to mention Schroder, who had refused an extension to 84 million. Same idea for THT, which deserves to take a step forward in 2022.
We can also talk about players who arrived during the season, such as Ben McLemore, but especially Andre Drummond, deprived of Game 6 against the Suns. The pivot looks like a bad cast and yet, Frank Vogel blurted out an amazing line about his future.
The summer is going to be hot in Los Angeles, with a lot of files to deal with and one goal: to keep a roster capable of dominating the rest of the league. Rob Pelinka has a job.