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What I Would Do As The Los Angeles Lakers GM.. 2024 Offseason Plan


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Lakers

Lakers

+7 players ($49.4m),
Cap Impact + $3.9M

+4  Wins

+27.84  MPG

+2.57  Off.

-0.55  Def.

Pelicans

Pelicans

+2 players ($0) +1 pick,
Cap Impact - $11.5M

-4  Wins

+2.52  MPG

-4.47  Off.

-0.26  Def.

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

+3 players ($34.0m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $2.7M

+2  Wins

+41.87  MPG

-2.28  Off.

-0.35  Def.

Pistons

Pistons

+1 player ($11.0m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $11.0M

+ 0  Wins

+25.40  MPG

-1.11  Off.

-0.14  Def.

Note: The Lakers are sending #17 in this trade & not the 2025 1st, but the machine isn’t updated since NOP still technically owns the 17th pick. Also the Lakers are signing CP3 here to a one year minimum deal, but the machine doesn’t have him listed as a FA since he technically has one fully non-guaranteed year left with GSW.

Comment Opinions Please. Are The Trades Fair? What Would You Do Differently? Don’t Forget To Check Out The Free Agency Signings, Draft Picks, & Season Goals Down Below.

Financials(Before Moves)

Cut Candidates: None

Total Salary: $178.7M(Including DLo)

Cap Space: -$37.7M

Trade Candidates: D’Angelo Russell, Gabe Vincent, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Cam Reddish, Rui Hachimura, & Christian Wood

TE’s: None

FA’s: Max Christie & Taurean Prince

Targets: All Star Caliber PG & Solid Veteran Depth

New Head Coach: JJ Redick


Trades

  1. D’Angelo Russell(S&T 3yrs $51M), Rui Hachimura, Christian Wood, #17, & 2029 Top 5 Protected 1st to the Cavaliers for Darius Garland, 2025 MIL 2nd, & 2027 DEN 2nd

  2. Gabe Vincent, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Cam Reddish, 2025 LAC 2nd, 2025 MIL 2nd, & 2027 DEN 2nd for Jonas Valancinus(S&T 3yrs $32M) in a Three Team Trade With the Pelicans & Pistons


NBA Draft

  1. Select PG Bronny James With #55 Pick: Projected Salary - $1.3M


Free Agency

  1. Resign PF Taurean Prince to a One Year Contract Worth the Minimum

  2. Sign PG Chris Paul, SG Gary Harris, SF Evan Fournier, F Cedi Osman, & PF Danilo Gallinari to One Year Contracts Worth the Minimum


Financials(After Moves)

Total Salary: $185M

Luxury Tax: $13M Over

First Apron: $6M Over

Second Apron: $5M Under


Ideal Starting Lineup:

Darius Garland, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Jared Vanderbilt, & Anthony Davis

Backup Five:

Chris Paul, Gary Harris, Evan Fournier, Taurean Prince, & Jonas Valancinus

Rest of Bench:

Bronny James, Maxwell Lewis, Cedi Osman, Danilo Gallinari, & Jaxson Hayes


2024 Season Goals

  1. Darius Garland shines in his first season with the Lakers; averages 22, 9, & 4 on 40% shooting from deep while earning an All Star nod.

  2. CP3 & Jonas Valancinus prove to be excellent second unit pieces, leading a Top 5 bench in the league alongside Harris, Fournier, & Prince.

  3. The Lakers do the unthinkable & win it all, giving LeBron his 5th ring & helping him finally surpass Michael Jordan as the GOAT.


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