The Las Angeles Lakers recently cut ties with Dwight Howard, and now find their team lacking star power besides an aging Kobe Bryant. The good news for Lakers fans is that although their team stinks this year, the club has wisely slashed away over 50 million dollars in cap room so that they can spend that surplus on free agents like Lebron James and Carmello Anthony next year.
Along with Lebron and Carmello, star players like Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, and Chris Bosh will all become free agents next year. This cascade of marquee free agents stems from the 2003 NBA draft, in which all these great players signed similar rookie deals that have led to them becoming free agents at the same time. The last free-agent frenzy over these players happened in 2010; The Miami Heat capitalized on that period by signing Lebron James and Chris Bosh. Those signings earned the Heat the 2012 and 2013 titles with a chance for a three-peat this upcoming season.
The Lakers have the money they need to sign Lebron and Carmello next year. If they did so, the two would join Kobe and a number of cheap position players on a suddenly title-favorite Lakers team. Recent history has shown that the way for teams to win NBA championships is to sign a few hall-of-fame quality players, and then surround those players with complimentary role-players.
The Lakers have seen multiple decades of success due to their ability to attract players of Lebron and Carmello’s talent to their team. NBA players love the culture of LA, as well as the prestige being a Laker provides them.
The only major pitfall for the Laker’s plans would be if Lebron were to win a third title with the Heat this season. In that case, it would be nearly impossible to sign Lebron away from the Heat, and deprive him a chance to win four titles in a row. If Lebron fails to win title number three in Miami, however, he may very well look to join the Lakers in ongoing his pursuit to be seen as the best NBA player of all time.