After a second-round exit in this year’s playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster could be poised for a shakeup before the upcoming season.
Although owner Jim Buss said the team doesn’t plan on making any big moves, according to the Los Angeles Times, the former champs would be well suited to upgrade their roster.
Without a true point guard on their roster, especially after Ramon Sessions opted not to return, the Lakers could be in dire straights.
Los Angeles features talent on their roster, yet the question remains if any teams are willing to absorb the large salary numbers in return for players such as Pau Gasol.
Gasol has been the talk of many trades, as he was nearly traded to the Houston Rockets before the start of last season.
He finished the season with respectable numbers—17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game—but he took the brunt of the blame for the Lakers' second-round playoff exit.
Bryant apparently wanted to play alongside Deng when Bryant was being discussed in trade talks with Chicago.
Deng could give the Lakers a valuable perimeter defender and has the ability to make the outside shot with consistency. Still, the Lakers would be better suited to add a point guard this offseason.
Although it is a long shot, the Lake Show have shown interest in Deron Williams, according to the Dallas Morning News, who is certainly the best player available this offseason.
The biggest hurdle, however, is the fact the Lakers can’t simply sign Williams, they would need to work out a sign-and-trade for him.
Without a real shot at grabbing the super-talented Williams, the Lakers could be in for another season of watching Steve Blake orchestrate the offense.
The Lakers could significantly upgrade their small forward position by grabbing Deng from Chicago, but the 76ers' Andre Iguodala would give them a more athletic and versatile wing player.
After the Lakers attempted to acquire him a year ago, the Lakers could be back in the running if Iggy becomes available.
A trade centered around Gasol could give Philadelphia a big man they desperately need, and Iguodala could bring an injection of high-flying athleticism to the Lakers.
Furthermore, Bryant wants the Lakers to acquire a versatile small forward, so it seems Bryant would be on board with bringing in Iguodala.
The Lakers may also consider a sign-and-trade with Minnesota for Michael Beasley, yet some think they must focus on upgrading other positions.
Beasley could play both small and power forward for Los Angeles, and he would certainly give them an offensive boost.
The key question is: What would the Lakers have to give up to acquire the former second overall pick?
Reportedly, David Kahn is interested in Jordan Hill, and if the Lakers could add a starting small forward for a career backup, the move would definitely be a no-brainer.
All in all, the Lakers must make some moves this offseason before the Kobe Bryant era ultimately comes to a close.