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The Lakers don't seem to have much money for free agents. An example of this would be Deron Williams. Los Angeles doesn't have the money to get some of these players without a ridiculous pay cut, which isn't going to happen.
This brings up the possibilities of trades, but would Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and others be worth giving up so much? It's a risk indeed, but one that could benefit Los Angeles.
Either the Lakers could go the safe route and keep their players and keep trying to build, or they can go after these star players.
However, who would they have to give up for a Deron Williams or a Dwight Howard? Names that have popped up are Steve Blake, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.