3. Acquire a two-way superstar
The Lakers didn’t jump through hoops to create additional cap space if they weren’t going to at least make an attempt at acquiring a third superstar, right? Having said that, the first name that comes to mind is Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard helped lead the Toronto Raptors to their first ever NBA championship and collected his second Finals MVP Award in the process. Considering that Leonard has proven he can perform on the league’s biggest stage, adding one of the best two-way players in the league makes perfect sense. A few months ago it was reported that Leonard didn’t want to join James on the Lakers, but that may not be the case right now.
If Leonard is receptive to the idea of playing with LBJ and AD, it could be a match made in heaven. The Klaw will give the Lakers a meeting to pitch him on assembling the greatest Big 3 in NBA history, according to Yahoo! Sports‘ Chris Haynes.
Another guy who has earned a reputation as a solid two-way player is Jimmy Butler. Long before he became the guy who could score 20 points a night, Jimmy Buckets was known for excelling on the defensive end of the floor. In fact, since coming into the league, Butler has been named to the All-Defensive Second Team four times.
Similar to Leonard, Butler isn’t afraid to take and make the big shot.
While Leonard is more than likely the preferred choice, Butler wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.