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Los Angeles Lakers’ Current Players’ Status For The 2022-23 NBA Season: LeBron James, Anthony Davis And Russell Westbrook Will Earn $129.5 Million Combined

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2021-22 season as one of the favorites to hang a banner. They combined two future Hall-of-Famers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, with three more surefire Hall-of-Famers in Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. The Purple and Gold surrounded their big names with perimeter shooters, Malik Monk, Wayne Ellington, and Kent Bazemore. They stole Miami’s two-year starting point guard, Kendrick Nunn, for the mid-level exception and brought in more size with former All-Star DeAndre Jordan.

On paper, the Lakers had it all. Then the season began, and the roster spiraled out of control into a whirling death spiral. LeBron James and Anthony Davis suffered through numerous injuries, each missing significant court time. Russell Westbrook was a disaster, a player who covered his inefficiencies by leaning into his least effective on-court attributes, and after games, he doubled down on his problems, crossing his arms like a four-year-old and informing the media he didn’t care about the Lakers struggles. Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard tried, but as the cliché says, “You can’t beat Father Time.” Kendrick Nunn missed the entire season with a bone bruise, and the Lakers’ stable of role players struggled to play two-way basketball throughout the year.

The Los Angeles Lakers concluded the season as one of the most disappointing teams in NBA history with a 33-49 record and predictably made head coach Frank Vogel their scapegoat two seasons after he brought a title to LA in 2020.

The Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2022 offseason with the eyes of the NBA world upon them. They could blow up the roster and plunge into a full-rebuild, keep their Big-3 together another season, or retool around LBJ and AD.

Below we’ll show the status of every Lakers player heading into the 2022-23 season and what Lakers management will most likely do with each member of their roster.

LeBron James

Entering Final Season Of Two-Year Max Contract ($44.5 Million)

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