Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball


The trade also sent a not-so-subtle message throughout the league that the Lakers' rebuilding phase is in its last throes.

Later in the first round, the Lakers underlined their commitment to Ball by officially trading point guard D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. We can only assume it has something to do with Russell's "mindset" - that, and the Lakers' need to clear cap space by enticing Brooklyn to take on Timofey Mozgov's contract.

"That will continue until we get in a position again where we feel like this roster is a championship-level roster", Pelinka said Thursday night at the Lakers' practice facility.

Pelinka didn't mince words when he described the Lakers' intentions.

George's representatives informed the Pacers late last week about his aspirations to join the Lakers as a free agent in the 2018 offseason. As such, it appears unlikely that a trade will be done beforehand. On top of that, Lopez is set to enter the previous year of his deal worth $22.6 million in the 2017-18 campaign that could almost allow them to ink to max contract players in free agency next summer. "I needed somebody that also can make the other players better and also (somebody) that players want to play with". He will now have a chance to take up that role with a team looking to break through after a couple of disappointing seasons. He has a smooth game, and will be a nice complement to Jordan Clarkson off the bench. Brandon Ingram, however, is considered "untouchable".

After months of non-stop talk and seemingly endless hype. To make matters more interesting, he will learn under the guidance of Johnson, arguably the greatest point guard in National Basketball Association history.

As of right now, things look encouraging. He had more than double the mentions of any other player.

Kuzma averaged 10.1 points in 96 games during three seasons with Utah.

Additionally, an extremely important development in his game has been his improved ability to make shots from beyond the arc.

To paraphrase from a third-party acquaintance, but LaVar Ball is a businessman who made a decision to position himself as a "heel" for marketing purposes. It's expected that the Lakers will chase both players.

The biggest bombshell sent All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Butler was reunited with his former coach Tom Thibodeau.

While Kuzma and Hart seem NBA-ready, Bryant is more of a project.

Most every great story has a villain. However, the 19-year-old did not entirely earn his draft position and status because of his father yelling into microphones. "Big Zu (Ivica Zubac) back there trailing - wham!" If his elite court vision translates to the pros, the Lakers are going to be a tough team to beat in transition.



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