The Los Angeles Lakers structured their offseason so that they could retain maximum financial flexibility moving forward. After securing LeBron James in free agency, the organization did not rush to overpay players in an attempt to make the Lakers a winner this season.
A deeper crop of free agents is expected to hit the market in the summer of 2019, and the Lakers will have their pick. The recent buyout agreement with Luol Deng opened up more future money for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. According to ESPN, Klay Thompson would make a lot of sense in Los Angeles.
“I think (Klay Thompson) would be the guy, in terms of skillset and how that would fit,” ESPN’s Ramon Shelburne reported. “I think they like Klay.”
Thompson has one year remaining on his current contract with the Golden State Warriors, and it’s believed that the Warriors will–at some point–have to move away from their currently constructed core as players start earning more lucrative contracts.
Not only would the Lakers have the money to pay Thompson, but his playing style is a perfect fit for LeBron. Thompson is one of the game’s best shooters, and he’s an excellent defender, as well.
Unlike LeBron, Thompson does not need to dominate the ball to find success–as he’s arguably the league’s best catch-and-shoot player.
In 2017-18, Thompson averaged 20.5 PPG and 3.8 RPG for the NBA champion Warriors. He has won three titles since joining the organization.
Thompson converted on 44 percent of his three-point attempts last season, too.
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