The Los Angeles Lakers had a quiet free agency period, taking a measured approach to their signings compared to the overpaying they did last season.
It paid off, with the team landing a solid player on the exact contract they wanted once they signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal. Just about every decision they've made this summer has been a careful build to next summer.
It's no secret that the Lakers have their eyes on much larger prizes than one-year deal with the Caldwell-Pope's of the NBA. President of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have been forthcoming about their desire to land a star to lead the franchise forward.
Pelinka has been the active mouthpiece for the Lakers, promoting the vision he and Johnson are pursuing actively. While former general manager Mitch Kupchak was a man of few words as a buttoned-up executive, Pelinka has been more forthright about some of the franchise's plans.
Pelinka joined The Dan Patrick Show to discuss the future of the franchise. Patrick asked Pelinka what the road to being a competitive playoff team looked like. He discussed how he looks forward to the young core headlined by Lonzo Ball develops, but said what everyone's been waiting for the team to say outright: The Lakers want to sign two superstars next summer.
“And then the final plan, Magic and I did a trade to allow us to have double-max cap room a July from now, so with our platform we’re really hopeful that we can add maybe a superstar or two to this young core and have the best of both worlds," Pelinka said.
There was never any doubt that the Lakers were angling for this. When the team traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets to create cap space, it seemed fairly clear that was the plan. Once the franchise stayed out of Paul George trade talks, the target seemed even clearer for the Lakers.
The Lakers have done all they can to make the team they have in the present as good as possible for the upcoming season while maintaining maximum flexibility for next summer, and they're clearly all-in on this idea. Whether it works out or not is the big question.
Los Angeles is dreaming big and have high hopes that Lonzo, who was the Las Vegas Summer League Most Valuable Player, along with Brandon Ingram and a pair of superstars is the future they've built toward.News Now - Sport News