3. Lakers steal Gabe Vincent from Heat
The Lakers wasted zero time sorting out their roster. They remade things after the trade deadline by dumping Russell Westbrook and replenishing their depth. It resulted in a trip to the Western Conference Finals, and the Lake Show was eager to expand on it.
Their marquee signing was adding Gabe Vincent on a three-year deal worth $33 million after the 6’3 guard helped the Heat reach the NBA Finals. Vincent was a starter throughout Miami’s run as he averaged 12.7 points and 3.5 assists in 30.5 minutes per game. The undrafted guard made himself a ton of money during the Heat’s run, and he replaces Dennis Schroder, who left Los Angeles to be Fred VanVleet’s replacement in Toronto.
The Lakers need shooters and capable ball-handlers flanking LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They did a fantastic job adding depth at every position as Los Angeles is poised to be in the thick of contention next season. Taurean Prince, Jaxson Hayes, and Cam Reddish all figure to get cracks in the rotation, and the team brought back three key free agents of their own.
Stealing Gabe Vincent from the Miami Heat was their biggest addition, but it was not the Lakers' best move in free agency.