The Los Angeles Lakers will have a league-leading $68.3 million in cap space this summer, according to Basketball Insiders, and all of that money has one of their former superstars excited for the offseason. Magic Johnson has been firing off a ton of free agency advice for Lakers president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak on his Twitter account over the last 24-hours, and it's clear he wants the Lakers to sign some big names.
Johnson kicked things off after the Toronto Raptors' game seven win over the Indiana Pacers, saying the Lakers should sign Southern California native DeMar DeRozan this offseason. Johnson started to aim progressively bigger on his next tweets, advising the front office to target LeBron James if he decides to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Johnson wasn't done hunting for big game with the Buss' money quite yet. A few months ago, Johnson offered the groundbreaking insight that Kevin Durant is a player the Lakers should look at this summer, and he doubled down on that advice Monday morning:
Laker Nation: The first free agent the Lakers should go after is Kevin Durant.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 2, 2016
Laker Nation: I would love to see Kevin Durant in the Purple & Gold!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 2, 2016
Magic is right, Durant would be a great addition to the Lakers, albeit an unlikely one. As great as it would be for the team to sign him and LeBron in one offseason, it's highly, highly, highly, highly, highly unlikely to happen. As with James, the team would be wise to kick the tires on Durant, but they shouldn't sit on their hands and wait for an answer if neither superstar gives them an indication they are truly in the hunt for their services while other solid players are snapped up by competing teams.
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