With the NBA playoffs missed in the last six seasons and the worst record scored in that period, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to set up a championship aspirations team for the 2019-20 NBA season.
The Lakers now have two of the league's best players in LeBron James and Anthony Davis after they reportedly completed a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. They also managed to keep Kyle Kuzma in this trade and then selected a promising young player in Talen Horton-Tucker with the No. 46 in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Apart from that, the Lakers Front Office still has a lot of work to do to complete the list, as they have to set up a free agency with $ 23.7- $ 32.5 million worth of work.
One person who is confident that General Manager Rob Pelinka will staff James and Davis with the right teammates is Andre Iguodala, who used to be Pelinka's client. Iguodala recently gave his former agent a vote of no confidence, according to Josh Schrock of NBC Sports:
"I've expected them to move a lot," Iguodala said on ESPN's "First Take" on Friday. "Rob Pelinka, my old agent, I knew he would use that brain of his, that brain of Michigan. And then you have LeBron, he's in the later stages of his career. He wants to win now. "
Iguodala also praised his former college team-mate Luke Walton, who is no longer the head coach of the team after agreeing to go their separate ways at the beginning of the off-season. Iguodala still believes that the Lakers can challenge their warriors for supremacy in the Western Conference and fight for a championship:
"It will be interesting," Iguodala said. "With LeBron, they caused us some problems last year, and they really took it to heart with this core. I thought Luke Walton did a really good job, I have to say that. I thought he did a great job there all his tenure … But with the Lakers, with LeBron, you have a chance at a championship.
For perhaps the first time in half a decade, the Western Conference is open as Kevin It is expected that Durant and Klay Thompson will miss all or most of the coming season after being selected at the 201
If Pelinka can surround James and Davis with the right pieces, then the Lakers should be considered a favorite by many to win the 2020 NBA Finals.