They got out from under one of the Association’s worst contracts and positioned themselves for a frenzied pursuit of next summer’s top free agents. They left the draft with as many as four new puzzle pieces, including the newly minted face of the franchise Lonzo Ball. They also snared one of free agency’s most intriguing young talents without disrupting their future financial flexibility.
Granted, this is only on-paper relief for now. But for a club trapped in the worst four-year period of its existence, the transactions have yielded some overdue optimism.
Their six significant moves have all been placed under the microscope here. Each has been assessed a grade corresponding to its value, impact and potential.
Two minor transactions are too fluid to gauge. L.A. waived David Nwaba on Wednesday, but it’s possible he returns if he clears waivers. The Lakers also signed undrafted guard P.J. Dozier out of South Carolina, but without knowing the details of the deal, there’s no way to analyze it.
With our grading criteria in place and formalities out of the way, let’s get to the report cards.