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NBA Trade Rumors: Taking a look at the LA Lakers roster and options available to the management ahead of a busy offseason

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
Evan Tiwari
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Modified 13 Oct 2020, 02:39 IST
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The LA Lakers recently won their 17th NBA Championship in dominant fashion as they defeated the Miami Heat in 6 games. The Lakers' front office will be planning to add the right talent around the two superstars - Anthony Davis and LeBron James - as the offseason approaches. NBA trade rumors have already hit the internet, with multiple LA Lakers stars set to be free agents. 


NBA Trade Rumors: Exploring the possibilities for the LA Lakers this offseason

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
2020 NBA Finals - Game Six

The LA Lakers will get back to business once they are done with the celebrations. The 17-time NBA champions will have free agents to attend to - Anthony Davis needs to be re-signed; JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have player options; Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris, and other veterans like forward Jared Dudley are unrestricted free agents. 

JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard were key pieces in the regular season for the LA Lakers, and there is a good chance that Rob Pelinka will bring the center duo back for next season.

Avery Bradley was brilliant for the Lakers but opted out of the restart due to family reasons, which might complicate his return. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will certainly be signed, and after Rajon Rondo's performance in the postseason, which justified the moniker 'Playoff Rondo', it will be tough for the LA Lakers to cut him.

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
2020 NBA Finals - Game Six

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: Why a swap involving Joel Embiid and Paul George could work perfectly in Philadelphia 76ers' favor

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LeBron James' partner-in-crime Anthony Davis is set to be a free agent this off-season as well. With a lot of speculation around his future, Davis shared his thoughts on the subject today in an interview with ESPN -

"I'm gonna enjoy this championship, that's all. Came here, got it done. We'll see." 

Anthony Davis is set to be in LA for the long term, and NBA trade rumors suggest that the Lakers are exploring the possibility of adding a third superstar to the team.

The LA Lakers have a long list of options, and it will be interesting to see how Pelinka works around with his trade assets and draft picks to acquire another star. 

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: How Philadelphia 76ers can get rid of Al Horford's bad contract in exchange for Andrew Wiggins

Published 13 Oct 2020, 02:39 IST
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