Los Angeles Lakers 2019 Offseason Splashes



The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.

Matthew Dziadkowicz, Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers ended the 2018-19 NBA season tenth in the Western Conference, missing the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. This past off-season, the Lakers made one of the biggest signings in NBA history by signing former star player of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, whose name is arguably the most known name for active players in the NBA.
James was supposed to be the key piece to the Lakers not just returning to the playoffs, but the return to their glory days with a new dynasty. Unfortunately, last Christmas,James suffered a tragic injury, which caused the Lakers to go on a losing spree; resulting in them missing the playoffs once again.
Due to the result of last season, the Lakers were invested in making more moves this off-season. This desire resulted in a trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar player Anthony Davis, who is James’ close friend. In order to acquire the superstar, the Lakers sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and several first round draft picks for Davis. Most NBA fans knew that this trade was going to go down this off-season as right before the trade deadline of last season, the Lakers attempted to acquire Davis in a similar type of trade.
Davis wasn’t the only new face on the Lakers this off-season. The Lakers also signed Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley, Avery Bradley, Devontae Caco, Demetrius Jackson, and Dwight Howard. Kostas Antetokounmpo (superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother) was also picked up off of waivers to join the team.
With all the ambitious moves that the Lakers made during this off-season, the 2019-20 Lakers roster is quite different from the roster they had last season. Now that the Lakers have both James and Davis in their starting lineup, fans have high hopes for the Lakers to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 NBA season.