Lakers Preseason Schedule 2021: The 2020-21 NBA season did not go as planned. The Lakers were plagued by injuries to both Anthony Davis and LeBron James. However, they have started planning for the 2021-22 NBA season well in advance.
On Tuesday, the Lakers unveiled their slate of preseason games. They’ll get things started Oct. 3 against the Brooklyn Nets:
Lakers Preseason Schedule 2021: The preseason is a time for the players to ramp up physically for the games that matter. It’s also an opportunity to build on-court rapport between the holdovers and new additions to the roster.
The Lakers talked to a few prospects right at the start of their time in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine 2021. Tennessee guard Jaden Springer said the team interviewed him, and Duke forward Matthew Hurt admitted that he has scheduled a workout with the defending champions:
Rochester native and former Duke forward Matthew Hurt has interviewed at the Combine with the #Mavs, among others. Has workouts coming up with the #Celtics, #Thunder, #Pelicans, #Lakers, #Clippers, #Bucks, and more. pic.twitter.com/fegndEC822
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) June 25, 2021
Jaden Springer, a likely top-20 pick, says he’s interviewed with the Knicks, Raptors, Lakers and Suns among many teams. He read the whole list (helpful!) and the Wizards weren’t on it.
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) June 24, 2021
However, general manager Rob Pelinka won’t have much money to spend on outside acquisitions. ESPN’s Bobby Marks explained the situation shortly after L.A.’s playoff exit:
“They can bring back a combination of their own free agents, including [Dennis] Schroder, [Alex] Caruso and/or Talen Horton-Tucker, but pay a substantial luxury tax bill. This would also limit them to using the $5.9 million taxpayer midlevel exception, rather than the larger $9.5 million midlevel exceptions. The $91 million luxury tax bill would be the largest in league history and would see the Lakers commit a quarter of a billion dollars to their roster in 2021-22.”The Lakers could also let most of their free agents walk to cut costs, but doing so would leave them with just the $9.5 million midlevel and minimum exception to fill their roster needs.”