The Los Angeles Lakers’ season ended on Wednesday. Despite missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year, the season ended on a high note with the hope of a more promising future behind the growth of a talented young core.
That hope, however, is, at least in part, dependent on the coming offseason, potentially a key time in the Lakers’ development. With promises of big-money signings and hints from prominent players, the Lakers have placed a lot of capital in being able to sign star free agents with Paul George and LeBron James the most often named targets.
On Thursday, Lakers players spoke to the media at their annual exit interviews and free agency was a common theme for all players involved.
Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball spoke about the hype surrounding him and how that could play into recruiting free agents this July.
Kyle Kuzma had a similar response, claiming that the young Lakers would work well with a star free agent but that they also feel comfortable moving forward on their own:
Josh Hart echoed that sentiment:
Brandon Ingram had a more specific answer regarding his fit with the potential Lakers targets:
Free agency will be huge for the Lakers, from hoping to sign a star to potentially re-signing Julius Randle. The young Lakers seem to know that.