In April 2019, the Los Angeles Lakers were Team Turmoil. L.A. had missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year. Team president Magic Johnson had resigned, followed by coach Luke Walton losing his job once the offseason began.
Then came the shrewd hiring of Frank Vogel as coach, then the blockbuster trade that landed Anthony Davis. Eighteen months later, the Lakers are NBA champions for the 17th time.
Now the focus will turn to potential free agent Anthony Davis and a possible extension for LeBron James, who can be a free agent in 2021.