The pool of available free agents is dwindling slowly but surely as the Lakers wait to see if Kawhi Leonard will join their team next year. That means that even if Leonard chooses to don the purple and gold, there won’t be many more players left to join him, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James on the 2019-20 Lakers roster.
The Lakers don’t seem to be concerned about that scenario, and the rest of the league isn’t particularly worried about their ability to figure it out, either. In an ESPN report about the gossip permeating through Sacramento Summer League, the takeaway was that filling in a roster around three superstars won’t be a problem for the Lakers.
The triumvirate of Leonard, James, and Davis would be arguably the most talented ever assembled in modern NBA history. New Laker Jared Dudley has already likened it to the Miami Heat Big Three “on steroids”. Collectively, the trio has combined for 24 All-Star appearances and 21 All-NBA selections. There really is no historical equivalent for how much firepower the three players have together.
Positionally, the three could all play next to one another, and James has assured Leonard that there will be no overlap in terms of style of play as he will willingly take a backseat to the 2019 NBA champion. James and Leonard have dazzled in the postseason as well, combining for five titles and five NBA Finals MVPs.
But therein lies an important question. Given that Leonard already won a title in Toronto last year and the Raptors are able to bring back all of their core players next season, it may not make sense for Leonard to move to another team when Toronto is already championship-ready.