The Los Angeles Lakers have taken some major strides forward this season behind their revamped roster led by LeBron James currently sitting with the fifth-best record in the Western Conference.
This has created a strong sense of optimism around the future of the franchise with James leading the charge and their salary cap space situation that could see them add more promising over the next couple of offseason. During a Lakers’ All-Access event on Monday night, former Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant stating that the franchise will be back hoisting the Larry O’Brien sooner than expected, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
“They will figure it out,” Bryant said. “They have talented pieces and (Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka) has put them in position with incredible flexibility. They will figure it out. So, enjoy the journey because we’ll be champions before you know it, and then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans who all of the sudden came out of nowhere.”
The Lakers have continued to trend forward over the last few weeks having won seven out of their last 10 games that have put them just two out of the top spot in the Western Conference. There are still some persistent issues on the roster with the team needing to show more improvement defensively and their young core group to continue to step into secondary offensive roles behind James.
Los Angeles also has put themselves in a promising position with their salary cap-space as they could be in the position to add another superstar in free agency with the likes Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Kevin Durant all set to hit the open market.
Beyond that, the Lakers have a promising future with their young talent and cap space that could elevate them firmly back into the championship picture.
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