It may not have seemed like much, but it was so much. The result of the Lakers working out a deal with Luol Deng to give-back $7.5 million in a contract buyout is that they will now have $38 million in salary cap space for next summer’s free agency class. That puts them in position to add another marquee free agent alongside LeBron James.
And, oh, what a time, there will be five stars available. Here is a ranking of the five superstars scheduled to be free agents in 2019:
5. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker comes in at five over Kyrie Irving due to Irving’s relationship, or lack thereof, with LeBron James. If Walker became a Laker, it would likely be a sign that the Lakers are moving on from Lonzo Ball. As good as he would be with LeBron, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma, Walker’s addition would be disappointing for the Lakers compared to the alternatives. Yet, it would bolster them up several notches as Walker and Josh Hart in the backcourt would soon emerge as one of the most lethal in the NBA.