So now comes the offseason, when the Lakers will have to figure out how to retool around their Big Two. And James made it clear that he and Davis will have some say in where things go from here, utilizing their closeness and admiration for general manager Rob Pelinka and senior advisor Kurt Rambis.
“I think Rob has done such a great job of constructing this team over the last few years that he will continue to do that. I will have some input, he always asks for my input asks AD’s input,” James told reporters.
“But at the end of the day we want to continue to get better. I trust Rob, I trust Kurt, trust everyone upstairs that does their diligence and our coaching staff and things of that nature. Obviously, the No. 1 thing for us is getting AD healthy. That’s number one. It doesn’t matter what changes we make. We got to get big fella healthy and needs back to where he was before the injury.”
The Lakers will also have to handle matters in terms of free agency. Guards Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso and Ben McLeMore are all unrestricted, as is forward Markieff Morris. Second-year guard/forward Talen Horton-Tucker is the Lakers’ most notable restricted free agent.