With the 2019 NBA draft completed, the Los Angeles Lakers shift their attention to free agency on June 30 in perhaps one of the most important offseasons in the team's history.
As most people are aware, the Anthony Davis deal is expected to be completed on July 6 and the Lakers will have $ 23.7- $ 32.5 million in hollow space to improve roster.
As $ 8.8 million is a significant difference that can affect the team's plans, the Lakers should consider options outside of Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, and Kemba Walker – just to name a few.
Depending on how the free agency goes, Angelo Russell can allegedly be "open" to the idea of returning to Los Angeles, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report :
Russell's collapse with the Lakers was not beautiful, but it is hard to keep up in this league. With Johnson gone, some close to Russell have shown that he can be open to the idea if Brooklyn is not on the picture.
If Brooklyn Nets is able to sign both Irving and Kevin Durant, Russell will eventually become an unlimited free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Irving, a six-hour All-Star, becomes an unlimited free agent and league sources say he's still interested in Brooklyn Nets. The New York Knicks are expected to remain competitive for Irving and the sources told ESPN.
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When Russell finally reached his All-Star potential in the 2018-19 NBA season and led Nets to their first NBA playoffs appearance since the 2014-15 season, Johnson and Lakers were heavily criticized for trading.
Although Russell signs with the Lakers seems unlikely, foreign things have happened. By just 23 years old, Russell would be a good fit for Davis and LeBron James.
With June 30, all eyes of general manager Rob Pelinka approaching to properly construct a championship competitor around two All Star players.