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Lakers continue to be one of the most volatile big-market franchises in profe sional sports. In two years, they have gone from NBA Champions with a promising core to a top-heavy and injury-plagued No. 11 seed. However, franchises with a historic culture of winning (17 total titles) and star power on their side (LeBron James, Anthony Davis) always tend to right the ship. Los Angeles never seems to stray too far from the top of odds boards.Now, the Lakers are front-runners to acquire disgruntled Nets star Kyrie Irving. If Kyrie reunites with LeBron, the entire outlook of this organization and the big picture of the NBA as a whole would change.MORE: | Below, well look at the Lakers updated futures odds and determine whether L.A. warrants consideration for a 2023 NBA Finals wager.All Finals odds are from DraftKings SportsBookLakers Updated 2023 NBA Championship oddsImpact of Free Agent SigningsThe 2021-22 NBA season may be over, but the 2022-23 season has just begun for the Lakers. Strapped financially with a payroll $42.7 million over the salary cap mainly due to veteran point guard Ru sell Westbrooks heavy $47 million player option L.A. signed a New York Giants T Shirts
handful of inexpensive role players on the first day of free agency.DateOdds6/29+22006/30+16007/1+1300Utilizing their mid-level exception (MLE), the Lakers started by signing Spurs swingman Lonnie Walker IV to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million. The No. 18 pick in 2018, Walker provides LA with a defensive upgrade over the departing Malik Monk, and hes also capable of knocking down open three-pointers to space the floor for James and company.Lakers president Rob Pelinka then proceeded to sign three players to veteran minimum contracts. He brought back center Damian Jones who had played with L.A. in 2020-21 and spent last year with the Kings on a 1+1 (two-year contract, player option in second year). Minutes later, L.A. acquired Troy Brown Jr., a 6-6 wing with a high motor and a 6-11 wingspan, on a one-year deal. Finally, Pelinka and company finalized a one-year minimum deal with Juan Toscano-Anderson, an energetic two-way guard who just finished his third NBA season with the reigning-champion Warriors, his hometown team.MORE: |Got all that? Good. Heres what stands out the most: These four players have youth, athleticism, and a ton of untapped potential. The Lakers average age was 30 this past season, oldest in the NBA. The average age of these four additions: 25 years, three Evan Neal Jersey
months.These guys have better motors, more endurance, and more playmaking ability than last years elder statesmen like Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, and Kent Bazemore. L.A. might not have spent a ton of money they couldnt even if they wanted to but the Lakers rotation likely improved. The acquisitions dont push L.A. into Western Conference favorites territory, but they certainly help the organizations efforts to lure a star in via the sign-and-trade market.Impact of Kyrie Irving RumorsL.A.s title odds from +2200 on Wednesday to +1600 Thursday night. Now, after more rumblings surrounding Kevin Durants trade request out of Brooklyn and Kyrie Irving expected to also want out, the Lakers now stand as +1300 favorites to win the 23 title.Thats pretty wild considering L.A. has so little cap maneuverability. Still, there could be something there. Irving has reportedly made it clear that he would be open to playing alongside James again, shining the Hollywood lights on a reunion of the star duo from the 2016 Cavaliers championship squad. Its not an impo sibility, especially with both Pelinka and Irving highly motivated to make it work.Many viewed Irvings $37 million opt-in and subsequent Batman-esque tweet about him boldly leading us into tomorrow as proof the seven-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA guard would be back in Brooklyn for a third season. In fact, it might have been just the opposite.Sources: Kyrie Irving has requested and received permi sion from the Nets to find sign-and-trade offers from other teams. Kevin Durant still hasn't spoken to Nets front office. Ru sell Westbrook to Brooklyn remains unlikely. More for Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) Irving needed to opt in for contenders to be able to acquire him via the sign-and-trade route. Los Angeles had no conceivable way of signing a superstar unle s he was willing to take a $6 million Jeremy Shockey Jersey
mid-level exception. There is about as much chance of NASA affirming Kyries flat-Earth claims as there is for Kyrie to accept a $6 million salary.MORE: |However, who would move in such a deal? Would Pelinka consider dealing Anthony Davis, who always battles injuries but also dominates when hes healthy? Are the Lakers able to somehow ship out Westbrook despite his ma sive contract and a shallow demand on Corey Webster Jersey
the point-guard market? Would L.A. need to send out what little draft capital it has left in order to get James a second, much-needed scoring sidekick?Thats a lot of questions, but the general consensus on the Twittersphere is that the ultimate answer will be Kyrie in purple and gold sooner than later. Should such a deal go through, it would not be surprising in the least to see LAs odds skyrocket to the +700 range maybe even +550. Big moves and solid upgrades are typically followed by more positive news, almost like team-building dominoes or chip-chasing chain reactions.Betting advice: Consider getting in on the Lakers 2023 title odds before they get even shorter and all value diminishes like Westbrooks legacy.