But the Lakers anted up and signed LeBron James on Sunday, and he became the ultimate free-agent signing magnate.
The Pels lost two starters and replaced them with free agents such as four-year point guard Elfrid Payton and fifth-year forward Julius Randle, a former Kentucky star recruited by Pels star and fellow United Kingdom standout Anthony Davis.
DeMarcus Cousins has been mentioned as a possibility for the Lakers, who might be interested in bringing him in. Or would the Lakers just do something flat-out weird. The Lakers added Rondo's quick hands and length, Stephenson's aggressive defense, McGee's length and shot-blocking ability and brought back one of their best defenders from previous year in Caldwell-Pope.
The move has an impact on the league on so many levels and has seen fans and reporter's take to social media about to voice their displeasure over the Warriors dominance.
The Laker experiment this season is going to be fascinating to watch. He's led the National Basketball Association in assists three times over his career, averaging north of 11 assists per game in those campaigns. Randle was the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft out of Kentucky. Cousins is more of a low-post threat than Randle, but both players have good passing and vision for big men. He started 182 games over the past three seasons for Los Angeles.
Randle, 23, was the last player on the roster to have played with Kobe Bryant, who retired following the 2015-16 season.