2016-17 in review: 26-56, 14th in West. Acquired the second overall pick.

Key offseason acquisitions: PG Lonzo Ball, SF Kyle Kuzma, C Thomas Bryant, SG Josh Hart SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, C Brook Lopez,

Key offseason losses: PG D’Angelo Russell, C Timofey Mozgov, SG Lou Williams, SF Nick Young, PF Thomas Robinson, C Tarik Black

Projected Starting lineup: PG Lonzo Ball, SG Kentavious Caldwell Pope, SF Brandon Ingram, PF Julius Randle, C Brook Lopez

2017-18 season outlook: Things are once again looking bright for the league’s glamour franchise. Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson is at the helm, with the trusty sidekick,  Rob Pelinka as General Manager. After four seasons of losing, along with free agents declining meetings, all seems to be back to normal in Los Angeles. Ever since Owner Jeanie Buss granted Johnson the keys to the franchise, the nonsense was over with.

The newly appointed Lakers President wasted no time making changes. He quickly dealt guard Lou Williams for the veteran, Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick, which later became, Josh Hart. Johnson and Pelinka then dealt D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn in exchange for center Brook Lopez. Completing this deal helped the Lakers shed Mosgov’s putrid contract, and freed up enough cap space to pursue two max-contract players next Summer.

With the second overall pick, the Lakers selected point guard Lonzo Ball. The UCLA product appears to be a once in a generation type passer, similar to the man who drafted him. The Lakers then drafted Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart later in the first round and traded for Thomas Bryant in the second round.

Los Angeles then signed one of the best three-point shooting defenders in the league, Kentavious Caldwell Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal.

Due to the Western Conference becoming impacted with talent, it seems unlikely for the Lakers to make a serious run at the post-season.

The Lakers have managed to assemble one of the brightest future in the NBA by adding budding superstars, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. Not only does the team have talented young players such as Caldwell-Pope, Ball, Ingram, Randle, Kuzma, Clarkson, Zubac, and Larry Nance Jr., but the Lakers are now a functional organization and appear to be back as a free agent destination, with a surplus of cap room.

Projected Strengths: Stability within the organization, young, hungry players, a good mix of young and veteran players.

Projected Weaknesses: Inexperience, defense, leadership.

Projected Record: 37-45

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