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Lakers roster breakdown heading into 2024 free agency

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The Los Angeles Lakers, under new head coach JJ Redick, are poised to reshape their roster ahead of the 2024-25 season.

With the NBA Draft imminent and free agency looming, the Purple and Gold are preparing for potential roster adjustments.

Currently, the Lakers have 12 players under contract, including stars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis and promising talents like Austin Reaves.

However, key players such as James, D’Angelo Russell, Jaxson Hayes, and Cam Reddish hold player options, influencing the team’s free agency plans.

James is expected to decline his $51 million option to negotiate a new deal, while Russell, Hayes, and Reddish have options ranging from $2.46 million to $18.7 million.

Other players under contract include Rui Hachimura, Gabe Vincent, Jarred Vanderbilt, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Christian Wood, and Maxwell Lewis.

Of these players, only Davis, Hachimura, Reaves, Vincent, Vanderbilt, and Lewis are under contract past next season. The Lakers also have a team option on Hood-Schifino for 2025-26.

LeBron JamesSF$51M (PO)UFA
D’Angelo RussellPG$18.7M (PO)UFA
Jaxson HayesC$2.5M (PO)UFA
Cam ReddishSF$2.5M (PO)UFA
Anthony DavisPF/C$43.2M$54.3M
Rui HachimuraPF$17M$18.3M
Austin ReavesSG$13M$14M
Gabe VincentPG$11M$11.5M
Jarred VanderbiltPF$10.7M$11.6M
Jalen Hood-SchifinoSG$3.9M$4.1M (TO)
Christian WoodPF/C$3MUFA
Maxwell LewisPG$1.9M$2.2M (NG)
Source: Spotrac

The team’s roster composition may undergo significant changes this offseason, driven by both player options and strategic acquisitions.

Reports indicate the Lakers’ interest in acquiring Dejounte Murray from the Atlanta Hawks, adding a dynamic guard to their lineup.

Murray, under contract until 2028 on a $114 million deal, could provide the Lakers with backcourt stability and defensive prowess.

Additionally, the Lakers are exploring options to complement Anthony Davis with a strong center, aiming to optimize their frontcourt dynamics.

As the offseason progresses, the Lakers will navigate free agency and potential trades to assemble a competitive roster around their star players.

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