The Los Angeles Lakers may be heading into the offseason in disappointment. The Lakers lost in the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight year after winning the NBA finals twice in a row and five times in 11 years. Still, the Lakers have good possibilities ahead of them in the offseason.
The Lakers can make some solid signings in the offseason to tweak their roster in hopes of winning the title once again.
A couple of conditions may affect their free-agent search. First, they'll need players who can help them win now. Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol aren't getting any younger, as they're 33, 32 and 31 years old, respectively.
Bryant may see his chance to lead a team to another championship fade in the next couple years. He'll need all the help he can get to win another one.
Second, they'll need cheap helpers. The Lakers are carrying a large payroll. According to ShamSports.com, the Lakers have $79.2 million committed to seven players for the 2012-13 season. That figure jumps to $83.8 million if Ramon Sessions exercises his player option for next season.
Following is a list of free agents the Lakers could sign to boost their chances to win the title next year.