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NBA Rumors: Lakers have an alternative to Donovan Mitchell and Jimmy Butler

NBA Rumors: Lakers have an alternative to Donovan Mitchell and Jimmy Butler

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With Donovan Mitchell and Jimmy Butler going nowhere, the Los Angeles Lakers may have identified their top target for the 2024-25 NBA season.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on January 22, 2023 in Portland, Oregon.
© Steph Chambers/Getty ImagesLeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on January 22, 2023 in Portland, Oregon.

With LeBron James entering the last years of his career, the Los Angeles Lakers he could make a big move this offseason to try to pursue another NBA championship. However, it seems both Donovan Mitchell and Jimmy Butler I’m off the table.

While the former could end up staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the latter is expected to play out the remainder of his contract year with the Miami Heat. But the Lakers may have an alternative plan.

According to Matt Moore of Action Networkpurple and gold might catch their eye Cam Johnson this summer as the Brooklyn Nets appear to have entered rebuild mode:

“That third star they talked about pursuing with the three first-round picks they have doesn’t seem as likely anymore, with Mitchell back with the Cavs and Jimmy Butler likely to stay in Miami. Again, never say never when it comes to stars wanting to play for the purple and gold. The Lakers are among the teams expected to be interested in Brooklyn’s (Cam) Johnson.”

Cameron Johnson #2 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center on March 02, 2024 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The Nets sending Mikal Bridges to the New York Knicks suggests the franchise is giving up on short-term success, which could be an opportunity for the Lakers to strengthen their roster.

JJ Redick thinks the Lakers are championship material

At his introductory press conference, newly appointed head coach JJ Redick claimed that the Lakers are not far from being a championship team with their current list.

I don’t consider the current roster to be that far from a championship caliber team,” Redick said. “In terms of managing expectations, I think in life you just have to embrace things. You know, you just have to embrace things. Don’t run away from her. If you have to talk about it, talk about it. There’s not one player, I’ve never played with players in the NBA that said, ‘You know what? This year is not the year. I don’t think we can win a championship. Now, the expectations here are definitely different. And as we build the culture, one of the things, and Rob and I talked about this, you have to let go of the results. You just do. It has to be about enjoying and embracing the process.