The Lakers got the trade season off the a huge start on Saturday by finally agreeing a deal for Davis.
The move has already seen some label them as favourites for the NBA title next season.
But more importantly, prospective free agents will likely now see the Lakers as an even more attractive destination.
The Lakers could have up to $32.5million available in cap space this summer and are reportedly interested in the likes of Irving and Leonard.
However, by trading away Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, they’re in desperate need of filling out their roster.
And not only just filling out their roster like they did last summer with veteran minimum deals.
Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and Michael Beasley were all drafted in to team up with James and the young core, but the veterans struggled to make a consistent impact.
If the Lakers go after an Irving or a Leonard then they will have to go down that road again and although their starting line-up will arguably be the best in the NBA, it will leave them short of options off the bench.
That’s why the Lakers should use that cap space to fill out their currently vacant two guard positions.
This might take some guts to pull off and will take quite a bit of convincing after trading him away unceremoniously back in 2017, but the Lakers should almost definitely go after D’Angelo Russell.
At the Brooklyn Nets, Russell has established himself as one of the brightest young point guards in the league, earning his first All-Star appearance last season.
Reports have suggested Russell could be looking to earn a contract worth $20m-a-year – well within the Lakers’ budget.
That would still leave plenty of room for Rob Plink to go after another guard to fill out their starting line-up.
And the first choice to fill that spot should be JJ Redick, who turns 35 years old later this month.
Despite Redick’s age, he is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 18.1 points per game while dropping an average of 3.2 three points per game.
The Lakers ranked second worst in the league for three-point shooting last season and adding both Russell and Redick would immediately improve that.
Russell was up there with Damian Lillard and James Harden in three-point percentage while Redick is regarded as one of the best knockdown shooters in the league.
As well as adding some guards to the Lakers roster, Pelinka will desperately need to bring in a third option at centre behind Davis.
Moritz Wagner played 43 games in his rookie season as a Laker and while his minutes are expected to increase next year, the Lakers will want another option in case Davis gets hurt.
There could be a number of players the Lakers could target with their Mid-Level Exception.
One option could be to sign JaVale McGee to another one-year deal and he proved a useful player in the line-up with James.
But arguably the best centre potentially available under the Mid-Level Exception would be Robin Lopez, who just recently turned 31.
That would all depend on Lopez taking a huge pay-cut on his previous four year, $54million contract he originally signed with the New York Knicks in 2015.
Lopez hinted back in January that he wants to be on a playoff team contending for a championship and was strongly linked with a move to the Warriors.
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