1 Outside-the-Box NBA Free Agent Your Team Needs

Los Angeles Lakers

Presumed top target: Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard
Alternative target: Kemba Walker

Woj dropped a cold dose of uh-oh on the Lakers’ curb appeal during ESPN’s 2019 NBA Mock Draft Special (h/t Silver Screen & Roll’s Harrison Faigen): “Right now they are not a frontrunner, or even really a major consideration, among any of the elite free agents.”

Walker is a tier below this summer’s heaviest hitters, but he’s an ideal co-star for James: a strong approximation of his partnership with Irving in Cleveland. He’s also more gettable than many of the other top-10 names.
Staying with the Charlotte Hornets is his first priority, but they don’t have the trade assets or cap space to strengthen the roster around him. The five-year, $221.3 million deal Walker can sign after making an All-NBA team is their ace in the hole, but they must be willing to play it. Their advantage over the field ends there.