The Lakers purposely filled their roster with one-year contracts to maintain their salary cap flexibility for the summer of 2019 where several NBA superstars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, and DeAndre Jordan are expected to become unrestricted free agents.
Some believe that adding any mix of notable free agents like Durant or Leonard in a mix with LeBron James and a more experienced, blossoming young core could create a legitimate championship contender.
Magic Johnson stepping downs as President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers also changes the trajectory on a lot of things heading into this summer’s free agency.
Earlier in the season, it was reported that the beef between Durant and Warriors teammate, Draymond Green had a lot to do with KD’s pending free agency this summer.
Bucher believes that the New York Knicks are a top contender for Durant if he leaves the Golden State Warriors.