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Rumor: Lakers not the front-runner to signal elite participant

Rumor: Lakers not the front-runner to signal elite participant 1

The Lakers would possibly come up empty-handed this offseason.

Los Angeles may wrestle to signal a prime free agent this summer time to pair with star LeBron James, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday throughout an look on the community’s mock draft present.

He added:

“This is an organization that is in a win-now mode with LeBron James. They’ve got to find, and very likely via trade, a co-star for LeBron James, because right now they are not a front-runner or even really a major consideration among any of the elite free agents.”

The Lakers have reportedly been enthusiastic about dealing for star Anthony Davis since January and the Pelicans have begun listening to provides for him, in accordance with an earlier report from ESPN. New Orleans is asking for an “All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks” in trade for Davis, that report says.

Wojnarowski reported:

“(If the Lakers are picking at No. 4) on draft night, they’re in trouble, because that means they didn’t get an AD trade done. … If they don’t get Anthony Davis, they’re going to have a hard time putting a team on the floor next year that LeBron James is going to be very happy about.”

The Lakers have been linked to Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. Kyrie Irving has additionally reportedly develop into “more open” to becoming a member of Los Angeles.

“I think if people take a look at where this franchise is right now, we have a high draft pick. We have a great young core, maybe one of the best in the league,” Lakers normal supervisor Rob Pelinka advised reporters final month. “We have a superstar on our team, and an open slot. So, I think people can look at this as an opportunity to win a championship possibly next year.”

The Lakers reportedly have been “actively shopping” the No. four choose within the 2019 NBA Draft, which is about for Thursday, June 20.

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