The NBA offseason has arrived folks. It is coming in hot and is only going to get more interesting in the coming days.
Talks between the Lakers and Spurs have gotten more serious. Just this morning, Paul George announced that he will be opting out of his contract with the Thunder. There are reports stating that the only way LeBron comes to Los Angeles is if the Lakers can acquire Kawhi Leonard.
The Lakers are willing to blow up their entire core at a chance to take down the Warriors. There is no guarantee that Kawhi will resign with the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in the offseason. Although, he has stated he wants to play for his hometown Lakers so would have to imagine he would.
The biggest question of this all is would this new big three be enough to take down the big, bad Golden State Warriors?
It is a very interesting question as it is tough to figure out who else would be playing alongside these three superstars. On paper, this team would theoretically be better than the Cavaliers of last year regardless of who they put in the other two starting positions.
Let’s play hypothetical here and say the Lakers give up Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, and two future 1st round picks for Kawhi Leonard. Let’s say this leaves them with a starting lineup of Lonzo Ball, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James, and Julius Randle as their starting lineup. Two top 5 players, a top 20 player, and a rookie with the worst father on Earth.
Personally, I think this is enough to take the Warriors to 7 games in the Western Conference Finals. Lonzo will get to be the true point guard that he actually is. I think this benefits him the most. LeBron can guard Durant, Kawhi can lock down Steph Curry. Paul George can pretend to play defense on Klay Thompson. It matches up very well and would make for a fantastic series in my opinion.
The question though, is it enough to beat them? That is something we really cannot answer until we see how the rest of the Lakers roster would shake out. The Warriors did a fantastic job of filling their roster with role players who provided quality minutes when needed. Shaun Livingston, Jordan Bell, and even Swaggy P all played a factor in the Warriors dismantling of the Cavs this year.
Another X factor is Draymond Green. I have said before I do not think much of him, but they would need some sort of match for him.
Lastly, there are questions regarding this big three the Lakers are forming. Will Kawhi bounce back from a year long injury? Can Paul George channel Playoff P when it matters? Will LeBron finally slow down in his 16th season in the NBA?
It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days as it is reported LeBron will make his decision by Independence Day. The NBA never seems to disappoint and no one really knows what will happen at this point. Stay tuned folks!