The lack of depth on the Los Angeles Lakers team was beaten to death during the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Ultimately it did prove to aid their demise in the second round. The Lakers bench and role players did not have enough to help the stars overcome Oklahoma City's complete team.
Luckily for Los Angeles, the 2012 free agent class is littered with inexpensive youngsters who are still fighting to make a name for themselves in the NBA. With a large chuck of cash tied up in their star players, the Lakers will need to search among the low-cost free agents to find players they can bring in to help solidify their team.
The inherent risk here is overpaying for the wrong player. NBA free agency is an inexact science, however since the Lakers are already limited money-wise, their risk is lowered as well.
Thanks in part to Kobe Bryant's age defiance and the emergence of a consistent Andrew Bynum, the Lakers window has been propped back open. No matter where Pau Gasol winds up on opening day, the Lakers should take a long look at these eight bargain-bin players who can help Los Angeles advance to another championship and won't break the bank.