Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup With LeBron James for 2018

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Getty The Lakers will pair LeBron James with Lonzo Ball.

LeBron James has agreed to sign a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The contract cannot be signed until July 6, but Klutch Sport has already issued a press release with James’ decision.

Let’s take a look at the current Lakers roster and projected starting lineup with James. Keep in mind, the Lakers are going to sign additional players throughout free agency.


Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup With LeBron James for 2018-19

C- JaVale McGee, Mo Wagner, Ivica Zubac
PF- Kyle Kuzma, Isaac Bonga
SF- Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
SG- LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, Josh Hart
PG- Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso

Lakers free agents: Julius Randle (UFA), Brook Lopez (UFA), Channing Frye (UFA), Travis Wear (RFA), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (UFA), Andre Ingram (RFA), Gary Payton II (RFA), Isaiah Thomas (UFA)


The above lineup would be if the Lakers want to simply plug James into their current team roster. It has the Lakers retaining Julius Randle rather than signing an additional free agent.

The Lakers also met with free agent big man Clint Capela. Keep in mind Capela is a restricted free agent, and the Rockets can match any offer from the Lakers. Here is what a potential Lakers lineup could look like with Capela also in the mix, if the Rockets did not match the Lakers offer.


Potential Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup With LeBron James for 2018-19

C- Clint Capela, JaVale McGee, Mo Wagner, Ivica Zubac
PF- Kyle Kuzma, Isaac Bonga
SF- Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
SG- LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, Josh Hart
PG- Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso

Lakers free agents: Julius Randle (UFA), Brook Lopez (UFA), Channing Frye (UFA), Travis Wear (RFA), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (UFA), Andre Ingram (RFA), Gary Payton II (RFA), Isaiah Thomas (UFA)


Adrian Wojanrowski reported that Kawhi Leonard continues to want to be traded to the Lakers. The Lakers may be willing to up their trade offers now that James is in the fold. The Lakers may need a third team to get involved to make the trade work. Los Angeles will likely need to include some combination of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and picks. Luol Deng is also likely to be involved to make the salaries work, but the Spurs have no incentive to trade Leonard while taking on his contract.

Here’s a look at what a potential lineup could look like with Leonard added to the mix.


Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup With LeBron James & Kawhi Leonard for 2018-19

C- JaVale McGee, Mo Wagner, Ivica Zubac
PF- LeBron James, Isaac Bonga
SF- Kawhi Leonard, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
SG- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, Josh Hart
PG- Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso

Lakers free agents: Julius Randle (UFA), Brook Lopez (UFA), Channing Frye (UFA), Travis Wear (RFA), Andre Ingram (RFA), Gary Payton II (RFA), Isaiah Thomas (UFA)

The Lakers would also likely add veterans on bargain deals. Keep in mind that the Lakers will have to trade salaries with the Spurs to take on Leonard’s $20 million salary. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Lakers have agreed to bring back Kentavious Caldwell-Pope back on a one year deal. ESPN also reported Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee have both agreed to one-year deals with the Lakers.


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