The Los Angeles Lakers have had themselves a busy free agency period.
Lonnie Walker IV inked a one-year, $6.5 million deal. Thomas Bryant returned home on a one-year, $2.1 million contract. And Golden State Warriors fan favorite, Juan Toscano-Anderson, got $1.9 million for one year. He and his girlfriend are already soaking up the L.A. lifestyle.
Because none of those players are particularly huge names, many have wondered how meaningful they will ultimately be to the Lakers’ title hopes come 2022-23.
This week, franchise legend Magic Johnson offered his two cents.
“With these free agent signings, the Lakers have become younger and more athletic,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m excited about the signing of Thomas Bryant. With his ability to shoot the 3, he will create more space for LeBron [James] and [Anthony Davis].”
Johnson didn’t stop there, though.
“I love Lonnie Walker because he’s big, strong and athletic,” he continued. “The Lakers also made some great additions to the roster with Troy Brown Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damian Jones!”
While opinions on L.A.’s new pickups will vary, there is no denying that the team is trying. And that’s more than you can say for certain other squads, who are sitting idly by and just watching talent walk out the door with nothing to make up for it.
Plus, the Lakers’ biggest move is the one that hasn’t happened yet. The team is a frontrunner to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets. A general framework for the trade has emerged in recent days. And while two players are currently holding things up, the hope is that eventually this thing will get done.
Especially if the San Antonio Spurs step up and play their part.
Russell Wilson is in some kinda shape. https://t.co/sQDPsk6wnC
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 7, 2022
The looming season is going to be a big one for the Lakers. Will they be able to step up and right what wronged them last year?
Can they restore some semblance of respectability to a once-proud franchise?
Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.