The Los Angeles Lakers 2017-18 season comes down to the final 18 games of the season. For the organization these final games can make or break their offseason plans. If the Lakers can end their season on a positive, then they could become an attractive spot for free agents.
George and James are the two biggest priorities for the Lakers in free agency — by AP
The Lakers made the necessary trades to have plenty of cap space to land two superstar players. The organization has made Lebron James and Paul George their top priorities in the offseason. Yet for any player to see the Lakers as a place were they can win, the team needs to prove it.
Lakers have a 29-35 record, and are the 11th seed in the West which in truth is an improvement from last season. The Lakers have made improvements, they currently rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds, and assists per game. These improvements are great, but the team is still struggling on the defensive end where they rank close to the bottom.
In the final 18 games if the Lakers can win more then half of their games, and play great defense, then free agents will believe they can improve even more. This should be coach Walton's goal for his squad to improve their opponents points per game from 109.9 points to 100 points or less. A commitment of that quality to defense, which the team has lacked at times this season, would help the squad get closer to finishing the season with a .500 or better record for the first time since 2012-13 season.
When you watch the Lakers play you can see they have plenty of talented young players who could entice a superstar in signing with the team. And if they play stronger defense in their final 18 games, it would become difficult for any superstar player to not consider the Lakers a legit team were they could win a title.
In these final games of the season, both general manager Rob Pelinka and President of basketball Magic Johnson will both be watching and hoping their squad can end the season on a strong note. If the team is able to have an impressive end of the season, then both men will have ammo when going into negotiations with free agents. If the team ends their season poorly, well the best they can do is try and see if a free agent wants to join so they can live in the city of angels.