Magic Johnson needs to be careful with what he says, as he’s already taken a fine for talking about another team’s player this week. But seeing as how the Lakers had an impressive day on Thursday due to the trade deadline, he might be thinking about what’s on the horizon for his squad.
A report indicated that the Lakers were going to set their sights on free agency in 2019 as they were looking to free up some cap space. But what if they were able to make a move at the trade deadline to give Los Angeles the flexibility to acquire another superstar this summer, giving them the space for two franchise-caliber players?
They did just that on Thursday, flipping Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, along with a first round draft pick. With Thomas and Frye both coming off the books after this year and with Clarkson’s contract no longer a burden, Johnson is optimistic about the Lakers’ chances to sign two major free agents this summer.