This offseason has been years in the making. No matter who has been in power in the Lakers front office, stars have always been the goal for the team to bring in. When there was a transition of power from Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, that goal actually felt achievable.
Having went from Timofey Mozgov signing at 12:01 on July 1st to Johnson standing in front of LeBron James, having a meeting at the same time, it showed the Lakers were back. A matter of hours later, James was a Laker.
With work still to be done in signing another star next offseason, Johnson and Pelinka had a simple goal in the remaining time this summer: fill out the roster with one-year deals to bridge the gap between offseasons.
This is where things became a bit unhinged.
Shortly after it was announced that James would be signing with the Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope re-signed with the team on a one-year, $12 million contract. Not bad. KCP fills a need, was a fine player when he, well, wasn’t in jail. This is a fine signing.
“Lance Stephenson? Am I reading this right?” Born Ready signed on a one-year, $4.5 million contract. Oh boy.
“JAVALE?” McGee departs from Golden State on a veteran’s minimum deal to join the Lakers for one year. With Brook Lopez not coming back, McGee is an athletic body who is useful on offense. Not terrible. Should be funny to watch.
turns away for half of a second
Julius Randle’s rights have been renounced. I will miss you, my strong, fast son.
literally minutes later
Rajon Rondo signs a one-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers. “At least he’s not Tyler Ennis,” the Blog Boy murmurs quietly, trying to convince himself this is okay.
Things are quiet. Too quiet.
After signing Michael Beasley to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, the Lakers have the most memeable team in the history of basketball. From a Shaqtin MVP to Super Cool Beas, this team will at worst be entertaining, giving us an innumerable amount of laughs.
We present to you: the 2018 Meme Team. Get your shirt now!
LeBron &— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) July 21, 2018
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