On October 18th, Beijing time, US media LAKESHOWLIFE column Addam Goldman wrote an article to predict the Lakers' lineup for next season. He believes that four new faces are expected to appear in the Lakers in the 2020-21 season, and Pope, Bradley, JR -Smith and Dudley may not stay on the team.
First of all, let's take a look at some known situations of the Lakers' current lineup players. Thick eyebrow is expected to jump out of the contract and renew the contract with the Lakers. Pope announced that he would jump out of his contract, give up more than 8 million salary in the last year, and test the free agent market. Rondo will also jump out of his basic salary contract and become a free agent. The contract between the Lakers and Quinn Cook ends next season, but only $1 million is guaranteed.
James, Kuzma, Caruso and Green are all in the contract period, they will continue to play for the Lakers. Dudley, Morris, JR-Smith, Waiters and Howard will all become unrestricted free agents. Bradley has 5 million player options, but no one currently knows what he thinks. McGee has a 4.2 million player option, and he is expected to execute the option and stay with the Lakers.
Addam Goldman pointed out that Pope expects the team to open a larger contract, which the Lakers can't give, so the possibility of Pope leaving is very high. Rondo still has a greater chance of staying with the Lakers and signing the last multi-year contract with the team. Cook's usage rate is very low, and Pelinka is expected to lay off him and look for better point guard candidates.
Dudley and JR-Smith are of little importance, and the Lakers are likely not to renew their new contracts, even though Dudley himself wants to stay on the team. Waiters missed some opportunities due to injury, and he is unlikely to remain.
Goldman also said the whereabouts of Howard and Bradley may be the hardest to guess. Howard has feelings for the Lakers and is redeemed here. His fiancee is also playing in Los Angeles. Therefore, Howard may renew his contract with the Lakers. As for Bradley, it is possible to leave.
If someone leaves, someone will naturally join. The Lakers have 9.3 million middle-class exceptions and 3.6 million biennial exceptions. Coupled with the basic salary contract, who can they sign? There are still plenty of choices.
Goldman believes that Green's annual salary is too high and no team is willing to accept it. He has a high probability of staying with the Lakers. The Lakers want Dragic very much, but Dragic prefers to stay with the Heat. The Lakers can't sign Van Fleet. His annual salary is something the Lakers can't afford.
Two players are more realistic. One is Ibaka, he can sign a one-year contract with the Lakers, and the Lakers can give him a special case of 9.3 million middle class. Ibaka is a good fit for James and thick eyebrows. He averaged 15 points per game last season and was able to protect the basket on the defensive end. The other is Joe Harris. The marksman's three-pointer is accurate and can continue to upgrade the Lakers' outside firepower.
In addition to the two of them, Spurs guard Brian Forbes is also a good choice. Millsap has been defeated by James, and perhaps after becoming a free agent, he can follow James to win a championship.
Goldman predicts the 12-man lineup of the Lakers for the 2020-21 season. Starters: Caruso, Joe Harris, James, Thick Eyebrow, Ibaka; Substitutes: Rondo, Forbes, Green, Kuzma, Millsap, McGee and Howard.
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