It’s been well-known about the Lakers intentions of trying to land a big free agent or two in the summer of 2018. Magic Johnson promised an exciting brand of Lakers basketball this season, which it has been here and there. Injuries has slowed down the Lakers progress recently and a 7-game losing streak hasn’t looked good. In order to attract good free agents, a team has to show some promise and the ability to open up some eyes around the league. The first couple of months of the 2017-2018 season, the Lakers looked fairly good in the sense that the team had some fight in them and didn’t give up in close games or when they were behind. They looked very promising, and opposing teams were well aware of the young scrappy Lakers. Lately, the Lakers have reverted back to the old ways of what they looked like last season. In fairness, the team has had injuries to Brook Lopez, Lonzo Ball and at times Brandon Ingram. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who can’t leave the state of California for 25 games due to legal matters has also affected team play.
Unfortunately, consecutive losses may hurt their chances of landing big name free agents this summer. Players today (especially big free agents) want to go to a team that has a good chance of winning and being in the playoffs. As we speak, the Lakers are dead last in the Western Conference with a record of 11-25 and playoff possibilities are likely shattered. The way the team has been playing, they may end up last in the Western Conference by seasons end. Not exactly a stat that speaks volumes to potential free agents that want to sign with the Lakers. So the question now becomes, do the Lakers make a move sooner than later? They might have to in order to turn the ship around and make the season somewhat acceptable. There have been rumors of the Lakers looking at the possibility of shopping Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Both have played well for the Lakers this season and they hold some value in the trade market. The Lakers may need to do something soon in order to persuade free agents that the organization is just not going to wait around and keep rebuilding. The Lakers can’t afford to strike out this summer or it will fall heavily on Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka that they didn’t produce. We’ll have to wait and see what happens closer to the trade deadline.