I love the end of season trade the Lakers made. The offloaded Clarkson + Nance to the Cavs for Thomas, Frye and a their first round pick. For one, this gives us enough cap space in the summer for 2 max contracts, which is huge. It is unlikely we will get 2 all star caliber players and frankly speaking with Cousins out for 10-11 months with an ACL, Lebron unlikely to move over, the only other guy really worth going for is George, but i think he could end up staying in OKC if they do well in the playoffs. Either way, this still gives us extra options for 2019 when there will be a bigger free agent market. Worse case scenario, Thomas will start playing better, we could resign him to a one year max deal (which i doubt he will get elsewhere based on this years performance), so we will get a guy capable of getting 20+ per night on average (something we do not have now). Frye will give us some shooting this year at least and with the extra cash, we can pay Randle a big 1 year deal to keep him with us if we cannot get anyone good in FA.That means that next year our team will be better, we also have a 1st round draft pick (we do not have now) for 2018, so we will get one good talent added in the summer.
The ideal scenario would be, we get George signed this year, resign Randle on a one year deal, resign Thomas on a one year max deal and use our pick to get more young depth. That will mean we have for 2018/19:
PG: Ball / Thomas / Caruso
SG: George / Hart
C: Randle / Bryant / Zubac
We also have that rookie first rounder. I think a team like that is young and can be at least playoff contenders.
For 2019 if we can land someone like Klay Thompson (i heard he wants to come to LA, he is from LA), then we can do it, in fact we probably have enough space to possible land 2 max or near max deals because we are allowed to resign Randle and go over the Luxury tax.