LeBron James, the game-changing addition to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, breathed life back into a franchise that had long languished in a cycle of defeat. The King, as he’s known on the court, brought a much-needed spark to the Lakers.
The following year, the Lakers made a bold move by acquiring Anthony Davis, creating a dynamic duo that clinched the NBA title in 2020. However, the subsequent seasons have been marked by ups and downs.
As they embark on their fifth season together, the Lakers’ star duo is determined to prove they can secure another championship. The upcoming season holds promise for the Lakers in the Western Conference, but what about the years beyond?
Recently, LeBron James hinted at retirement, and Anthony Davis has grappled with injuries throughout his career. This raises questions about the future of the Lakers.
In a recent assessment by Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report, he ranked NBA teams based on their projected value three years down the line. The Lakers narrowly missed the top ten. Assuming no unforeseen disruptions, Anthony Davis will remain a cornerstone of the team in three years, with the franchise actively pursuing another star player to complement him.
“Anthony Davis, meanwhile, is under contract with L.A. through 2027-28, but he’ll be 33 in three years and doesn’t have the most reassuring health history. A team with an upright AD, Austin Reaves and one other star is probably still going to be in the hunt home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.”
The Lakers, known for their relentless pursuit of star talent, remain committed to competitiveness even in the post-LeBron era. This enduring ethos defines the Lakers franchise and is set to continue.
“There’s a chance that by 2026, this organization is mired in a losing situation similar to the one it was in before LeBron’s arrival in 2018. But the Lakers are the Lakers. And whenever a big name becomes available, there’s at least a chance L.A. can get involved.”
The future for the Lakers holds intriguing uncertainties. Nevertheless, their current focus remains fixed on the immediate goal – winning the upcoming season. The Lakers’ prospects are bright, thanks to a stellar offseason orchestrated by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Success this season is within reach, provided they can avoid the injury bug that has plagued them in the past.