NBA Free Agency Round-up: 1st July - LeBron James signs with Lakers; KD, PG13 & CP3 re-sign with former teams
#3 The Los Angeles Lakers consolidate LeBron's supporting cast
The Lakers, in addition to adding LeBron, have also signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson. While Caldwell-Pope sparkled as a sniper from January onwards for the Lakers last season, shooting 42% or more from downtown every month, he also played some great perimeter defense through the course of the entire season. He came for a discount of $6 million as well, having played the 2017-18 season on a 1-year, $18 million deal and now signing a 1-year, $12 million contract.
McGee was indisputably the Warriors' best frontcourt player during their playoff run. He was one of the few players who were actually decent at guarding James one-on-one, and he played stifling defense in the first round as well as the Finals, which were the two series that he was put to the greatest use. He signed a minimum deal with the Lakers yesterday.
Possibly the most intriguing addition the Lakers made was that of Lance Stephenson. The journeyman has played in LA in the past (for the Clippers). The Pacers had a $4.3 million team option on his deal, which they did not pick up - leaving him a free agent. The 6'5", 230-pound swingman joins the Lakers on a 1-year, $4.5 million deal and will be an able playmaker off the bench for them.