2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season
|2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season|
|Head coach||Luke Walton|
|General manager||Rob Pelinka|
|Owner(s)||Jerry Buss family trust (primary owner being Jeanie Buss as of March 27, 2017)|
|Place||Division: 4th (Pacific)|
Conference: 10th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Radio||ESPN LA 710 (English) • 1020 Radio AM (Spanish)|
Following the signing of NBA superstar and 3-time champion LeBron James on July 1, 2018, the Lakers hoped to finish with a winning record and playoff appearance for the first time since the 2012–13 season. However, after an improved 20–14 start to the season, several injuries accumulated throughout the season including James, Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram, and the Lakers fell below .500 by the All-Star break. By March, the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention, extending the team's postseason drought to a franchise record six seasons, and a sixth straight losing season, even after improving from their 2017–18 campaign by two games. It is the first time James missed the playoffs since 2005 and first time he didn't appear in the NBA finals since 2010.
On April 9, the conclusion of the Lakers' season, Magic Johnson stepped down as president of basketball operations. Three days later, Luke Walton and the team agreed to part ways.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||School / Club team|
|2||39||Isaac Bonga||SF||Germany||Frankfurt Skyliners|
|2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers roster|
|c – Golden State Warriors||57||25||.695||0.0||30–11||27–14||13–3||82|
|x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||26–15||22–19||11–5||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||22–19||15–26||9–7||82|
|1||c – Golden State Warriors *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Denver Nuggets *||54||28||.659||3.0||82|
|3||x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|4||y – Houston Rockets *||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||7.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||8.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|8||x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||82|
|13||New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||24.0||82|
|2018 preseason game log|
Total: 3–3 (Home: 2–3; Road: 1–0)
Preseason: 3–3 (Home: 2–3; Road: 1–0)
|2018–19 season schedule|
After all games.
‡Waived during the season
†Traded during the season
≠Acquired during the season
Signing of LeBron JamesEdit
On July 9, 2018, superstar LeBron James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers after playing a second stint with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the team to their first championship title in 2016, and led them to the NBA Finals 4 other times (2007, 2015, 2017, and 2018). This marked his second time leaving the Cavs, after controversially doing so in 2010 to join the Miami Heat, where he led the team to 4 NBA Finals appearances, winning back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. The signing also briefly intensified the Celtics–Lakers rivalry, as his former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics the year before and when former Celtics star Rajon Rondo joined LeBron in Los Angeles. Irving played 2 seasons for the Celtics before signing with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2019 offseason.
|July 6, 2018||To Los Angeles Lakers
Draft rights to Isaac Bonga
|To Philadelphia 76ers|
2019 second round pick
|February 6, 2019||To Los Angeles Lakers
|To Detroit Pistons|
2021 second round pick
|February 7, 2019||To Los Angeles Lakers
|To Los Angeles Clippers|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||1-year contract worth $12 million|
|Alex Caruso||Two-way contract|
|Rajon Rondo||1-year contract worth $9 million||New Orleans Pelicans|
|LeBron James||4-year contract worth $156 million||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Lance Stephenson||1-year contract worth $4.5 million||Indiana Pacers|
|JaVale McGee||1-year contract worth $2.4 million||Golden State Warriors|
|Michael Beasley||1-year contract worth $3.5 million||New York Knicks|
|Johnathan Williams||Two-way contract||Gonzaga Bulldogs|
|Tyson Chandler||1-year contract worth $2.1 million||Phoenix Suns|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Thomas Bryant||Waived||Washington Wizards|
|Julius Randle||2-year contract worth $18 million||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Isaiah Thomas||1-year contract worth $2 million||Denver Nuggets|
|Brook Lopez||1-year contract worth $3.3 million||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Channing Frye||1-year contract worth $2.4 million||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Luol Deng||Waived||Minnesota Timberwolves|
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