To successfully defend the title, the Lakers must continue to strengthen the lineup to cope with the fiercer competition next season. The Lakers currently have two signing exceptions. Who can they sign with the exceptions? ESPN salary expert Bobby Max explained.
为了成功卫冕冠军，湖人必须继续加强阵容，以应对下赛季激烈的比赛。湖人队目前有两个签约例外。他们可以与谁签名？ ESPN薪酬专家Bobby Max解释道。
"The Lakers have 9.3 million middle class exceptions and 3.6 million biennial exceptions. The following are the names they can pay attention to through these two exceptions (including two players who have played for the Lakers this season): Markieff Morris, Dwight Howard, Jie Teague, DJ-Augustin, Jordan Clarkson, Maurice Harkless and Narence Noel." Bobby Max wrote.
“湖人有930万中产阶级例外和360万双年度例外。以下是他们可以通过这两个例外（包括本赛季为湖人效力的两名球员）来关注的名字：Markieff Morris，Dwight Howard，Jie Teague，DJ-Augustin，Jordan Clarkson，Maurice Harkless和Narence Noel。”鲍比·麦克斯写道。
In the playoffs, the Lakers performed well in the backcourt, especially Rondo and Pope, who played a very important role. However, both will break out of their contracts and become free agents. Whether the Lakers can keep them is still unknown. Once they sign with other teams, who can be their replacement?
In Max's view, the Lakers can use special cases to consider alternative options including Teague, Augustine or Clarkson. All three of them have good scoring ability. Among them, Clarkson may be the most offensive talent on the bench.
In the 2019-20 season, Clarkson played 71 games, 69 of which came off the bench. He averaged 15.2 points per game and shot 45.4% from the field. Clarkson has played for the Lakers for more than three years. In the middle of the 2017-18 season, he was traded to the Cavaliers and used to be teammates with James.
Great Morris and Howard have played important roles in the Lakers' championship road. The Lakers will try to keep them, but if they choose to leave, the Purple and Golden Army must also be ready to replace them.
On Max’s list, there are Harklis and Noel. Both belong to players whose defensive ability exceeds offense. Haklis is a good wing and can consolidate the team's perimeter defense. Noel can play a good role as a substitute for the fifth position. This season, he averaged less minutes per game. By 19 minutes, he averaged 1 steal and 1.5 blocks per game.