1. Los Angeles Lakers
In the likely event they fail to bring in a third star, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to fill out the remaining spots on the roster with players who mesh with the new dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Given what’s left after acquiring AD, the front office will no doubt look to address their gaping hole at point guard as well as attract 3-and-D wings. Gay may not be either of those things, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to acquire some frontcourt depth behind the likes of James and Kyle Kuzma.
King James may have been doing his best ironman impression for the longest time, but at 34 years old, he may have shown his first signs of vulnerability after the groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day.
If not for those 18 missed games, L.A. may have been able to sneak into the playoffs. It’s for this very reason the Lakers will likely be more conservative with their superstar moving forward, carving out more minutes for those around him. Gay might even be the sixth man and have total control of the offense in leading the second unit.
Playing alongside a guy like LeBron would also make the game significantly easier for Gay. Rather than having to exert energy creating his own shots, he’d get the chance to have one of the game’s most unselfish and greatest playmakers create open looks with the attention he attracts on drives to the hoop.
The allure for Gay here is obvious. Out in beautiful Southern California, he’d get to play a prominent role in helping the premier NBA franchise back to championship relevance, next to some of the best players in the league. Sometimes, it’s just that simple.