Warriors fans get your tissues and aloe ready because the Lakers are going to rip you a new one in the 2019-2020 NBA Season. They might not end up proving to be the team to beat next season, but I guarantee you that come 2019, we will be looking at nothing short of the greatest dynasty of LeBron James’s career. And to be frank, I don’t see any team in the NBA standing a chance against my predicted 2019 Lakers roster if everything falls their way. Magic has been very smart this offseason with his moves, signing players like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stevenson to 1-year deals. The current Lakers roster the way it stands today should be enough to get them into the playoffs in the coming season, giving much needed playoff experience to their rising young stars.
I am expecting huge moves from the Laker’s in 2019, especially given that they are signing 1-year deals (clearing cap space in 2019) and the sheer amount of free-agents that will be available in 2019. Among the most-likely additions to the Lakers in 2019 is Klay Thompson. His father is still currently affiliated with the Lakers and he is known to be close with Magic Johnson. I heavily expect Klay to take his talents to Los Angeles when his contract with the Warriors expires and go to the Lakers.
The media has been blowing up about Kawhi Leonard recently, who has openly stated how badly he wants out of San Antonio and wants to play in Los Angeles. This would obviously mean that he plays for either the Clippers or the Lakers. Given the hell-hole that is the Clippers upper management, I would be shocked if he chose the Clippers. That being said, I also expect Kawhi Leonard to be joining the Lakers army by the end of free-agency in 2019.
I also expect for the Lakers to attempt to pick up a big man in 2019 to establish a perfectly cohesive roster. It is possible that the Lakers will be able to somehow swing the signing of Karl-Anthony Towns, who I believe would be the Lakers best-case scenario Big Man. However, I would be more inclined to see the Lakers sign either Nikola Vucevic or Clint Cappella given their tight cap space.
I don’t see the Lakers renewing any of their current 1-year contracts, which will mean getting rid of McGee, Stevenson and Rondo. Leaving their first seven on their roster as the following:
LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Clint Capella/Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
This is also tentative on the development of strong talent from the most recent draft in Wagner and Newman and how the Lakers decide to go about obtaining Kawhi Leonard. Regardless, this roster is more than capable of being an absolute force in the NBA and could very easily be the start of the next dynasty for LeBron James.