Is it too early to look ahead to 2014?
Probably. But we're all forward-thinking individuals here, am I right? So let's peer into the future. With the way the Los Angeles Lakers are playing right now, it's probably more fun to dream about the future at the moment anyways.
The perennially overstuffed Lakers cap sheet looks spotlessly clean heading into the summer of 2014. That's when every single contract on the books—including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace—except for Steve Nash comes to an end. (Dwight Howard, of course, is a free agent in 2013.)
There's been a lot of talk recently about Kobe hanging up his, um, Kobe's, after his contract is up in 2014. Assuming that the Black Mamba really does call it quits, the Lakers will look to reload as quickly as they always do.
A bevy of top-notch free agents will be available in the summer of 2014. With less than $10 million in committed salary for the 2014-15 season, the Lakers can afford to splurge on a few, even if they re-sign Dwight Howard to a max contract before then.
Let's take a look at 10 free agents L.A. will target in two years' time.