Los Angeles Lakers: 5 potential targets in 2019 NBA free agency

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The Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James prior to the 2018-19 season and they recently acquired Anthony Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Here’s a look at a few free options that could help round out their thin roster.

The Los Angeles Lakers had an interesting 2018-19 NBA season, to say the least. Sure, they added one of the greatest players in the game in LeBron James. Sure, the Lakers were the fourth-best team in the West through the team’s first 34 games.

Unfortunately, LBJ went down with a groin injury and subsequently, the Lakers went on to miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Then, Magic Johnson abruptly vacated his position within the organization.

However, the team’s fortunes recently took a turn for the better.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans were involved in a trade that sent Anthony Davis to LA in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart as well as three first-round picks — including the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft.

With the acquisition of Davis, the Lakers now have two of the best players in the league at their respective positions.

The question is, how will they go about utilizing their remaining cap space? Should they go all in on a max player or spread the wealth among multiple players to help round out the roster?

If they go with the latter option, here’s a look at few second-tiered players that could prove to be of value for a Lakers squad looking to return to the playoffs next season.