The Los Angeles Lakers may have won the LeBron James sweepstakes, but this team is another bonafide superstar or two away from realistically competing for NBA Championships.
The good news is that the 2019 free agent class will include a handful of proven All-Stars, including Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler. And as it turns out, one NBA source told Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report that Butler "open to the idea of moving on from the Timberwolves to play alongside James in Los Angeles."
The 28-year-old Butler rejected a four-year, $110 million contract extension from the Timberwolves, a clear sign that he's ready to test the free agent waters in 2019. There have also been reports that he's not happy with all the locker room drama in Minnesota, so it's difficult to envision Butler going back and signing that extension before free agency next year.
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The Lakers were also expected to be the landing spot for San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. However, the purple and gold weren't willing to part with their young roster players for Leonard, who made it clear that he preferred to play one of his two hometown teams.
But though the Lakers weren't able to bring in any other superstars this summer to join James, they'll certainly have a handful of options next year. Butler, Leonard and All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins are among the many players that Los Angeles could pursue in the summer of 2019.
Butler is a four-time All-Star who's averaged over 20 points per game in each of the last four seasons. He's one of the game's top all-around shooters, scorers and defensive players. Without a doubt, Butler and James would give the Golden State Warriors a run for the money in the Western Conference.
Next offseason is still 10 months away, but the speculation about which stars will join LeBron in Laker Land won't be going away any time soon.