With no picks in the upcoming draft, free agency will be the Los Angeles Lakers’ only means (barring a trade) of re-tooling the roster on the heels of perhaps the most disappointing season in franchise history.
But even then there’s a catch.
See, the Lakers are shoulder-deep into luxury tax territory and have zero financial flexibility beyond retaining their own free agents.
Regardless of whether the organization has money to throw at big-name free agents or not, the NBA’s laws won’t allow them to. All the team can do is woo players with the lure of a big market, warm weather and championship aspirations, and hope that they sign for the veteran’s minimum.
Factoring in cost and team need, here are the Lakers’ top free-agent targets at each position.