Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are in an era of transition. In truth, they have been for a few years now, but it begins in earnest now that Kobe Bryant has officially retired.
Luke Walton now runs the show in Los Angeles, in what was largely deemed a fantastic hire. The Kobe-less Lakers will have a different look. The Lakers, aided by multiple high draft picks, have begun to rebuild their core. For the first time in a long time, the key pieces in purple and gold don’t include Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers did make what many considered to be a head-scratching decision to give Timofey Mozgov $64 million in free agency. Overall, this will be a wait-and-see approach as far as judgement is concerned. The Lakers were going to spend money somewhere, and they expect Mozgov to be a good fit.
The reason for optimism within the Lakers is the young core, though. The Lakers have had dreams in recent years of signing high-profile free agents. It hasn’t worked out, but if the young core, especially Ingram, develops over the next few years, Los Angeles should once again become a destination for free agents.
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