Although all the buzz around Lakertown is about signing huge free agents, the Los Angeles Lakers would opt to continue building the young core. What would happen this offseason if they decide to go down that path?
What would that mean?
If the Lakers decide to stay with the plan of building around the young players, they will have a few options. First, the Lakers would be able to re-sign Julius Randle. Randle is a core piece of the Lakers future but if the Lakers would like to bring in two star players, Randle would most likely not be re-signed. Randle could turn into an All-Star, so keeping him on the Lakers would be very valuable.
Secondly, not adding superstars would allow the young core to develop even more. If you add a superstar, all the young players are going to be receiving less minutes which will hurt their development. If the Lakers front office thinks that they will have a better chance of winning with the young guys in the future then they will want them fully developed fast.
What will happen in the draft?
Last but not least the Lakers could add another huge young piece to puzzle. Currently, the Lakers own the 25th overall pick in the NBA Draft, but they could look to move up in the draft. According to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer, the Lakers may look to trade up in the draft to add to the core:
“I’ve heard that the Lakers are either looking to add a pick in the middle of the first round or trade up from the 25th pick into the middle of the first round to draft the player that they’re targeting. Zhaire Smith is the name that I’ve heard that they’re very high on.”
Although Lakers nation would like to see the Lakers make a splash and land multiple top-tier free agents, don’t be surprised if the Lakers go down this route.