From big names such as LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins to young, promising players like Clint Capela and Aaron Gordon, and even role players like JaVale McGee and Amir Johnson, the Lakers are setting themselves up to go any number of routes.
LeBron James has guided his team to the NBA Finals in each of the past eight seasons.
After weeks of speculation regarding his future at the Cleveland Cavaliers, three-time NBA Champion LeBron James on Monday announced that he has agreed to join Los Angeles Lakers in a four year, $154 million deal.
That group will need time together to pose a threat to the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, to be sure. In that time, his agent, Rich Paul, had conversations with the Cleveland Cavaliers and reportedly a meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The signing also means James will have to interact with the Ball family at some point in the next four years. It was not immediately clear if the contract included any option years.
George's move has given James more to process, but the chance to restore Los Angeles to prominence may be just what he needs at this point in his career.
Yes, the Lakers are still favorites-but not total locks-to sign LeBron James, league sources say.
His agency revealed he was heading for Los Angeles.
Other than posting to his Instagram account, James did not issue a public statement after he was traded to the Lakers.
But Golden State added Kevin Durant in the wake of defeat and beat the Cavs in the past two NBA Finals, their dynasty more than Cleveland could handle, no matter how they assembled talent around James.
"UNFINISHED BUSINESS", Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA's free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.
Turns out, James was flying to his new home.
But the 33-year-old has interests beyond basketball and the massive Los Angeles market would give him a bigger stage and platform. ESPN reported he is signing a four-year deal that will be worth $US160 million. Embiid's opinion notwithstanding, the Lakers are James' team now.