The Los Angeles Lakers entered the NBA summer with the intention of keeping their roster reasonably intact, believing that Rob Pelinka and crew could put together the perfect components to play with superstar forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
For the most part, the Lakers achieved their goal this summer, retaining every significant free agent, including veteran guard D Angelo Russell.
However, in addition to re-signing Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, and Russell, the Lakers added Gabe Vincent, Taurean Prince, Jaxson Hayes, and Cam Reddish.
It will be interesting to watch how Darvin Ham and company balance things out in order to put together a true NBA title contender with so many great players that could start for a variety of different teams in the league.
Russell, who could lose his starting role to Vincent, recently appeared on the Pat Bev Podcast to discuss his team and where he sees things headed next season.
Russell believes that if everyone on the Lakers’ new-look squad buys in and is on the same page in terms of the appropriate sort of play, mentality, and intensity, the sky is the limit for this club during the 2023-24 NBA season.
With so many capable players, the Lakers could make another title run, but it will likely be a battle of egos and guys ready to sacrifice for the team’s benefit.
That is a difficult thing to do in Los Angeles, and it will undoubtedly be a problem for this club.