Potential Superteam in 2018-19 NBA Season: The Los Angeles Lakers

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 08/01/17 11:13PM EDT
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The Golden State Warriors is undoubtedly the team to beat this coming 2017-18 NBA season. With its championship core still intact, fans and bettors alike are looking forward to another great championship season.

Not that other NBA teams did not do their best to level the playing field. In fact, one of the free agency's battle cry was to weaken the Warriors' bench by going after Andre Iguodala. Alas, once the smoke was cleared, the 33-year old 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player resigned with the Warriors for another three years, thanks to Kevin Durant's $6 million worth of sacrifice.

Many basketball experts and fans believe the Warriors are locked in to win the 2018 NBA Championship. But the story is not about this season - it's about having another superteam or superteams after this upcoming season. It is about the 2018-19 NBA season where massive number of NBA superstars hitting the free agency led by LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Lakers as Superteam

ESPN's Tom Haberstroh recently suggested that there will be at least three additional superteams come summer of 2018. First on the list is the Los Angeles Lakers which is rumored to become the next home of LeBron James and Paul George. Not sure how this will play but what about Russell Westbrook's teaser, "I'm coming home"?

Assuming the Lakers land two NBA superstars with a reported $70 million cap space, they will join Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, the two "untouchables". Larry Nance Jr., whose big plays yet small contract can become an asset for the team, could possibly stay. And then there's the upcoming rookie Kyle Kuzma whose brilliance during the Summer League is highly commendable.

Not sure how this could work out for the Luol Deng; there are talks he could be traded according to NBC Sports. There are speculations that Jordan Clarkson will also be traded; however, the Lakers will lose their best man coming from the bench.

For Brook Lopez, it would depend whether he will choose to stay and help get that NBA championship but for a lower salary, or, move on to his next team. The same goes for Julius Randle and Corey Brewer. Other moves are just to clear up the salary to ensure there will be enough money even after bringing two NBA superstars.

Runner-up and Dark Horse

Haberstroh likened the Lakers' rebuilding plan to the 2011 Miami Heat team when they snagged LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade. He then cited the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls as possible teams which have the potential to become superteams in 2018.

The Spurs are reportedly planning to bring LeBron and Chris Paul to join Kawhi Leonard. Speculations that LeBron might choose to play under Coach Pop sprouted after LeBron was quoted praising Coach Pop as "the greatest coach of all time," according to ESPN.

The Bulls doesn't have the same spice like the Spurs and Lakers have - an NBA superstar and a superstar in the making. But come 2018, the Bulls have one of the deepest pockets which can easily entice two, possibly three NBA superstars.



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