After a relatively disappointing season, the Lakers will be looking to get stronger in the market this summer, with several big targets on their radar. Unfortunately, it looks like one star is already stepping aside, so he shouldn’t be joining LeBron James’ team. There is no option for the main office, you will have to be smart to attract a big name.
The Lakers are preparing for a summer that could be tougher than expected. After a disappointment and a non-entry into the playoffs, which was however a formality at first, we logically expect a reaction from the front office. The first to have paid for the broken pots? Surely Frank Vogel, who lost his job shortly after the end of this campaign. This Friday his replacement was also made official, in the person of Darvin Ham, who hopes to relaunch this roster.
The big question is: Will Russell Westbrook still be around? The answer is yes according to the latest echoes.. The manager doesn’t want to leave, as he will activate his player option, and Angelenos don’t want to pool multiple assets to get him off the ship. Therefore, we can assume that Brodie will be Laker next year, with a clear desire to revive, and so much to say that there is work.
A star ready to stay on your team this summer?
Regardless of Russ’s decision, however, the Lakers’ front office is looking for ways to surprise the market. It’s hard to say what, but Rob Pelinka is polling a large chunk of free agents, including Zach LaVine. The butt will be on the market this summer, and rumor has it that he’s not necessarily against the idea of leaving Illinois, at least if he finds a top contract elsewhere. Brian Windhorst, in his recent podcast, comes on the contrary to calm the game.
“I don’t think Zach LaVine wants to leave, that’s not my reading.”
– @WindhorstESPN at the chicago bulls
(via The Hoop Collective Podcast)
—Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) June 2, 2022
“I don’t think Zach LaVine wants to leave, I don’t see it that way. »
Let’s remember that LaVine will have the option to leave or not, while money should be a central element of his future. The defense has never hidden it, he wants a maximum contract, be it in the Bulls, or elsewhere. Chicago seems willing to do whatever it takes to keep him, but beware of a surprise if the Lakers manage to find a way to win him back and convince him. For now, and despite some fears, it would still be surprising to see him go.
However, the player’s last words are not necessarily very reassuring:
I plan to enjoy this free agency, this whole process. We’re going through this with my agent, Rich Paul, and I have to make a decision from a business perspective, as a man. It’s not that we think I’m necessarily going to come back, or that I’m necessarily going to leave.
According to ESPN, Zach LaVine could stay in Chicago, putting the Lakers in the wind, but also other franchises interested in his services. A real blow to the competition, as the Bulls hope to have him, as well as DeMar DeRozan, for years to come. He promises if it happens.