While the Los Angeles Lakers would like to sign two max contract free agents in 2018, they are willing to preserve some of their cap space for 2019 if they're unable to sign their targets.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins headline the 2018 class, while Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are in the 2019 class.
“I feel really good about it. Now, we have cap space for probably two max guys, but that’s not to say we’ll use both of them," said Magic Johnson. "We want to if we can, but we have a Plan A and we have Plan B. Say we only get one of those guys, then we’ll make a decision on not to use the cap space. We can do that and save it for the class that’s coming the next year. We’re not going to give money away just because we have the cap space. I’m not about that.
"If the guy can’t really take our team to another level, and we see what Kyrie Irving has done for the Boston Celtics. Put him with that young talent the Celtics have, and they’ve taken off. We feel the same thing can happen for the Lakers. If we get the right free agent, that guy can take our young talent to a whole another level.”