So why did Leonard meet with the Lakers?
The battle of Los Angeles is going to be epic in 2019-20. From there, the Lakers signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a two-year deal with an AAV of $8 million, dropping them down to around $11 million dollars in space.
While the Leonard signing certainly stings, it may wind up being a blessing in disguise as being able to bring back a number of quality role players to help fill around the duo of Davis and James could very well still be more than enough to help lead the Lakers to another title.
The Lakers missed the playoffs in James's first season with the team, although he battled injuries throughout the year.
The team does have some momentum since Davis officially became a Laker on Saturday - the same day the team announced it had signed his former New Orleans Pelicans teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, the latter of whom played for L.A. last season.
By trading away Kristaps Porzingis just a few days before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline, the New York Knicks created the optimal conditions for this year's free agency period.
While the Clippers didn't make their splash until free agency was almost a week old, the Nets wasted no time, agreeing to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on June 30.
Green will also be relied upon to provide the Lakers with a starting-caliber shooting guard and will need to maintain the excellent form after winning an National Basketball Association championship with the Toronto Raptors during the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season.