In the coming months over the offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be one of the major players in free agency looking to land a couple of the top-tier talent to add to their promising young core group. The front office has positioned themselves to have a significant amount of salary cap space to possibly ink two max contract players.
During a recent appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” Lakers second-year forward Kyle Kuzma gave his pitch to any player considering possibly signing with the team over the upcoming summer. (h/t Stuart Ballard of Express)
“Whoever really comes here, those guys are wings, but Luke [Walton] really prides us on being interchangeable, a bit like the Warriors, where you can put five guys out there and everyone of them can put the ball up, shoot, pass, defends or whatever.”
He added: “We’ve showed a lot this year having a win improvement from last year and a lot of us are either rookies or in BI’s [Brandon Ingram] case he’s only been in the league two years.
The Lakers have assembled a young and promising roster led by their young group of talent in Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Josh Hart. This past season, there was some notable progress made as the team began to truly adopt head coach Luke Walton’s game plan on both ends of the floor as the season wore on.
With that in place, Los Angeles is hoping that if any these top-tier players such as Paul George or LeBron James are interested in making the leap to the team it won’t alter up that playing style. These comments from Kuzma show that there is an acknowledgment that the possibility of these players coming is realistic.
In the meantime, all the Lakers can do is wait to see if the appeal of their young core group will attract a superstar talent in free agency.