With the Lakers only having one game remaining on their schedule for the 2018-19 season, the focus shifts to the offseason, where Los Angeles will be looking to upgrade its roster through the draft and free agency.
They have the cap space and draft pick to do so, but there is no guarantee that they'll acquire a second star to pair with LeBron James.
From who will be free agents to how much money they'll have to spend in free agency, here's what the Lakers have to work with this summer...
Rajon Rondo, PG, UFA
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, UFA
Lance Stephenson, SG, UFA
Reggie Bullock, SG, UFA
Mike Muscala, PF, UFA
JaVale McGee, C, UFA
Tyson Chandler, C, UFA
UFA = Unrestricted Free Agent, RFA = Restricted Free Agent
Brandon Ingram, SF - under team control through 2019-20
Lonzo Ball, PG - under team control through 2020-21
Isaac Bonga, PG - under team control through 2020-21
Josh Hart, SG - under team control through 2020-21
Kyle Kuzma, PF - under team control through 2020-21
LeBron James, F - under team control through 2021-22
Moritz Wagner, C - under team control through 2021-22
The Lakers have their first round pick in the upcoming draft. As of March 30, Tankathon gives them a 13.9 percent chance of getting a top-four pick and a 3.0 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
The Lakers do not have a second round pick.
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Here's who the Lakers have selected with their first round pick in the last five drafts:
- 2018: Moritz Wagner (No. 25)
- 2017: Lonzo Ball (No. 2)
- 2016: Brandon Ingram (No. 2)
- 2015: D'Angelo Russell (No. 2)
- 2014: Julius Randle (No. 7)
The Lakers created nearly $40 million in salary cap space for the upcoming offseason when they agreed to a buyout with Luol Deng in September, giving them the room needed to offer a maximum contract to a free agent.
Some of the max-level players who will likely be free agents this summer: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker and DeMarcus Cousins.
The Lakers will also have the space to trade for another max-level player. While they don't have many players under contract, they have some young talent in Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball that could draw some interest from teams.
The Lakers tried to acquire Anthony Davis after he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this season, but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement before the trade deadline. The Lakers are expected to face even tougher competition in the Davis sweepstakes in the offseason now that the Boston Celtics can get involved.
Biggest offseason storylines
Who takes over for Magic?
Magic Johnson announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down as the President of Basketball Operations, which reportedly caught many within the Lakers off guard, including team owner Jeanie Buss.
Other members of the organization appear to be caught off guard as well. https://t.co/xCfL2v4eTN- Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) April 10, 2019
With an important offseason ahead of them, who will the Lakers replace Johnson with?
What do the Lakers do with Luke Walton?
Walton still has two more years on the contract he signed in 2016, but rumours have been circulating that this could be his last season with the Lakers. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, "the prevailing assumption in league coaching circles remains that Walton will almost certainly be dismissed after the season." If the Lakers do move on from him, who will be their head coach moving forward?
Both Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram were shut down for the remainder of this season with injuries. For Ball, he suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain in a loss to the Houston Rockets on Jan. 19. For Ingram, he recently underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm after the team discovered a blood clot in his shoulder. It was an up-and-down season for both of them, but Ball and Ingram were playing some of the best basketball of their careers prior to their injuries.
The Lakers will need LeBron to return to full strength as well. He ended up missing 27 games this season, largely due to the groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.
Do they keep their pick?
Unlikely as it is that they get one of the top picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, missing the playoffs guarantees the Lakers will at least be in the lottery. It'll be interesting to see if they keep whatever pick they end up getting to add another young prospect to their roster or use it to improve the package they can offer teams as they pursue a second star. We'll have a better idea on what they're likely to do on May 14, when the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery takes place.