How NBA free agency changes the Lakers’ title chances

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

Where does the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA title defense stand after a busy first few hours of free agency?

The 2019-20 NBA champions haven’t rested on their laurels this offseason, making an aggressive trade for guard Dennis Schroder before the start of free agency and then adding a pair of marquee free agents on Friday: guard Wesley Matthews and center Montrezl Harrell.

Have the Lakers upgraded the roster that brought home the 17th championship in the franchise’s history? What does losing Harrell mean for the crosstown rival LA Clippers? Let’s update the top of the Western Conference.

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