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Why the Lakers don’t need any big-name free agents this summer

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The NBA trade deadline is upon us and the Los Angeles Lakers are better off without making any changes.

Recent reports have surfaced that the Lakers are turning their focus from 2018’s free agency to 2019’s. While that news had a mixed reaction, it’s clearly the right move and further proof that Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson are playing it smart.

The fact if the matter is the Western Conference’s elite are here to stay, and landing two stars this summer won’t be enough dethrone them. With that being said, what’s the rush to sign free agents.

L.A.’s young talent is budding by the game and the Lakers play an exciting and competitive brand of basketball. In fact, L.A. has the second-best record in the NBA over the last 15 games at 11-4. The team’s current success is validating Luke Walton as a coach and Magic and Pelinka as executives.

The Lakers’ rookie class is shining. Kyle Kuzma has been a revelation and with Lonzo Ball still sidelined with an MCL sprain, Josh Hart has emerged as another “hidden gem”.

L.A’s young core is exciting, talented and getting better with every game but even guys like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson are playing well enough for the Lakers not to pull the plug on what they have brewing. With the way the team is competing, every team they face will have to bring their “A” game to beat them.

L.A. is good enough right now to stay put and see how much their players grow by the end of the year and over the summer. Next season they should be even more of a force to reckon with and could make a run for an 8th spot in the playoffs.

The Lakers don’t need to make any moves this summer, and the summer of 2019 players by the name of Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson will be available.

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