That’s the claim of David Jacoby, of ESPN, who believes that Tobias Harris, Jimmy Butler or DeMarcus Cousins would fill the void.
The Lakers are in desperate need of a new star to improve their roster, after they missed out on the playoffs this season.
While LeBron James was injured earlier in the calendar year, the Lakers slipped out of the playoff spots and lost 11 out of 17 games in the process.
Los Angeles clearly struggled without having the figurehead in the team, and the franchise was criticised for lack of roster depth.
Speculation has been rife about who the Lakers will look to target this summer in free agency, with a host of stars available.
Whilst it is possible that they will make another trade move for Anthony Davis, they are expected to make a run at a big free agent as well.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson are all expected to become free agents this summer, and are expected to be the top targets for multiple franchises.
But Jacoby explained that the Lakers don’t need to aim that high, and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka could be better off getting a second-string star.
“Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, last season they landed LeBron James,” he said.
“They’ve proven they can get good players.
“Kyrie Irving is an interesting one, because I haven’t heard him mentioned.
“A lot of people think Kyrie and KD text every day and will join together with Zion at the New York Knicks.
“We will see, I’m not sure who is going to come.
“It could be Jimmy Butler, maybe a Tobias Harris.
“I don’t think it’ll be a Kawhi [Leonard] or a Kyrie or a KD.
“I think it’ll be someone from that second tier of stars.
“I kind of think that’s all they need, you mention Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, they’re not necessarily a number two but they’re a pretty nice three or four.
“If you bring in Tobias Harris or DeMarcus Cousins, I can see the Lakers being a very formidable force next season.”