In the days leading up to the start to the 2018-19 season, there is plenty of buzz and excitement surrounding what lies ahead of the team on the court.
The Lakers have decided to take care of some business off of it on Tuesday morning with the decision to pick up the team option for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, forward Kyle Kuzma, and guard Josh Hart for the 2019-20 season. Each of these deals aside from Ingram run through the 2021 campaign while the 20-year-old’s is set to expire after next season.
This had come to be expected move as each of these players is a key part of the core group that the team has built around with the several notable offseason that they made that was headlined by the addition of LeBron James. Los Angeles is hoping to see much growth of this group to help push the team back into the playoffs and much further than that in the upcoming campaign.
The Lakers have an opportunity in front of them to build something special depending on the growth of their young core pieces as the team has been quite high on their development over the last several months with eyes towards seeing that play out on the court this upcoming season. This could see Ingram and Kuzma each become primary scorers for the Lakers behind James while the Lakers are hoping that Ball can excel playing off the four-time league MVP and provide another crucial element to the puzzle. Hart had shown some promising development as a scorer in the summer league that the team is hoping that translate to him continuing to take his game to next level this season.
Each of these players has a chance to secure their long-term future with the franchise while potentially push the team into becoming a threat in the Western Conference down the line.In the meantime, these were decisions that at least secure each of them under contract for the 2019-20 campaign.
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