With the Los Angeles Lakers in the middle of a transition phase, the future is uncertain for the storied NBA franchise. Despite the uncertainty, the Lakers will have a lot of cap space headed into free agency next summer, but GM Mitch Kupchak believes it’ll still be difficult to land big-name free agents as of Sept. 25 via Serena Winters of LakersNation.com:
Mitch Kupchak talking about next off-season and the CBA's impact: "It’s going to be tough to get players to move."
Both superstars have already expressed considerable interest in remaining with their current teams, Miami Heat and New York Knicks, but anything can happen over the course of the upcoming NBA season.
The Lakers’ front office is rumored to already be putting a plan in place to bring in one or both of these superstars next summer.
In the past, the Lakers have relied heavily on making moves via trade to rebuild or improve the team’s chances of competing for titles on an annual basis. Currently, the front office doesn’t have much leverage in that category with a serious lack of trade assets.
Before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) went into effect following the last lockout, landing LeBron and Melo may have been a likely scenario.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, times have changed and the team’s front office will find it difficult to bring in these big-name free agents even with all the cap space available. Anthony seems to be the more likely of the two superstars to make the move to Los Angeles, but it still remains a stretch to say the least at this point in time.
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