Someguy again wrote:
LAL is back in the hunt for kawhi. If the gamble pays off for LAL, big win. Massive jumpstart on NOP's rebuilding too. Lonzo is an excellent guard when he has the ball, most especially in transition.
If I were NOP i would not let him go. Lonzo and zion would be quite the run-and-gun duo, especially in fast breaks (Zo & Zo lol). Yes, their offense efficiency would drop significantly in a half court setting due to the shooting problems, but the defense would just be as potent. If they copy sacramento's fast pace offense, we could see NOP make quite some noise in the west. Just not enough to catch the top tier teams which can run (GSW, HOU, DEN) by surprise, but they will exceed expectations as a first year rebuilding team.
Liking both sides of the trade.
The Lakers won't have enough cap space to sign Leonard. I also highly doubt Leonard has any interest in being the third wheel on the Lakers, as he showed this year he's a player a franchise should build around.