Lakers have been building to this moment, but must operate cautiously

Chasing stars, however, can be addicting, and teams can make moves that haunt them as a result (hello, Brooklyn Nets). At some point, the juice is not worth the squeeze, and it will be up to Johnson and Pelinka to successfully determine exactly where the line is.
All roads have led to this point. The Lakers are expected to bring in stars this summer. Johnson and Pelinka know it but so does the rest of the league, and they will use it for leverage against the Lakers.

The question is if the price of doing so becomes too high or the risk too great, will Johnson and Pelinka have the willpower to walk away? They’ve maintained they will.