Lakers reportedly shifting focus to 2019 free agency class

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When you are the Los Angeles Lakers, those hopes are a lot stronger than many would think.

The four-time MVP will be able to sign with the team of his choosing this summer, and the Lakers were all in on making trades that would free up enough cap space to land him.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne are reporting that the Lakers' front office is starting to turn its attention toward the 2019 free agent class.

But now, it looks as though president of basketball operations Magic Johnson won't be making any big moves before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

While the team's midseason surge isn't the main reason for the Lakers' new line of thinking on free agency, it has played a part, as two of the players most often mentioned in trade discussions, former lottery pick Julius Randle and reserve guard Jordan Clarkson, have played key roles of late. Clarkson is owed $25.9 million over the next two seasons. Randle is still on his rookie deal, but he will be looking for a raise. This can only mean exciting things for the City of Los Angeles.

Then there's Luol Deng's whopping contract. That said, George appears to be leaning towards re-signing with OKC and Cousins recently suffered a season-ending achilles injury.

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The Lakers could use their salary cap space to accommodate teams looking to dump bad contracts, which are also willing to send draft picks their way as well to entice them if they sit out free agency this summer.

Fans may even have to give up on the idea of James, too.

"The concern that LeBron James ultimately would not go to LA alone, would need another star to join him, has made the Lakers now focus on the class of 2019". Their young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart has won 10 of the last 14.

While the Western Conference franchise is now sporting a young group of core players, it is no secret that Los Angeles was initially primed to add some veteran star power come the summer of 2018.

If these young players continue to develop and create a new culture of winning, they'll only make joining the Purple and Gold that much more attractive for the 2019 free-agent class.

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