The Los Angeles Lakers have wrapped up the 2017-18 NBA season where they took steps forward in their progress toward being a more competitive and appealing team. Their young core has led the way showing flashes of potential to develop something promising in Los Angeles.
With the regular season now finished, it has shifted toward the appeal it could possibly have to some of the top potential free agents that may have interest in joining the team. Point guard Lonzo Ball has taken a matter-of-fact approach to it with no true dependency on whether it has gauged intrigue of some of the top free agents such as LeBron James or Paul George, according to Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation:
Lonzo Ball on LeBron James, Paul George, and anyone else watching the Lakers: “If they liked it, they liked it. If they didn’t, they didn’t.”
— Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015) April 12, 2018
The Lakers have shown much progress this past season with their young core group of talent leading the charge helping improve their win total by nine games from the previous campaign. This number could have potentially been higher if the team hadn’t been struck by the injury bug in the second half of the season.
Ball has been a major part of that potential appeal with his play on the court despite being limited by injuries. His shooting struggles aside, the 20-year-old has shown the ability to impact the other ways with his passing, rebounding, and defense. This has also seen the other rookies in this year’s class such as Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart each have their own promising moments throughout different moments of the season.
The Lakers will be in the position to potentially lure in free agents with the ability to offer two max contracts to possibly the likes of James and George to pair up in Los Angeles to play with Ball, Kuzma, Hart, and maybe Julius Randle depending on his summer goes as a restricted free agent. Regardless of what transpires over the offseason, the Lakers’ young core appears ready to make another leap forward next season with or without incoming top-tier talent.