On the heels of the LeBron James signing becoming official Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers are now the favorites to win the NBA title next season.
The Lakers’ line has moved several times in the last 24 hours, vaulting ahead of the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles is now +125 to win the 2018-19 NBA Championship:
Following the LeBron acquisition, the Lakers were immediately positioned at +500:
The famous Las Vegas Superbook also had the Lakers at 7/2 immediately following news of the signing, which was the same as the Boston Celtics, but still second to the Warriors:
Since NBA Free Agency opened up for business Sunday at midnight, the Lakers have inked James to a four-year, $154 million contract, as well as made a few notable roster moves, including re-signing guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and adding guard Lance Stephenson and center JaVale McGee.
The Lakers’ salary cap situation gets dicey from here. Options to add another max caliber player will most likely require members of the current roster being shipped out.
Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, as well as future draft picks, are all assets the Lakers could use to entice another team. Julis Randle, who was a restricted free agent, had his rights renounced Monday:
The Lakers added free agent Rajon Rondo on a reported one-tear, $9 million.
Los Angeles has been linked to San Antonio Spurs star, California native, and former NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, through trade rumors, as well as free agent center DeMarcus Cousins, who is coming off a ruptured Achilles he sustained last season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. “Boogie” and Rondo were teammates in New Orleans last season.
The Lakers still have plenty of time to add more players this offseason, which seems like what gamblers who have already surged the Lakers’ line are banking on.