The Los Angeles Lakers have virtually no cap room heading into the summer of 2013. Although they possess a number of expiring contracts, the only one significant enough to create cap flexibility is Dwight Howard's.
However, there are financial considerations that make returning to the City of Angels (via ESPN.com) for the long term in Howard's best interests.
Should Howard re-sign, the Lakers will find themselves with decisions to make regarding Earl Clark (unrestricted free agent), Antawn Jamison (unrestricted free agent) and Jodie Meeks (team option for 2013-14).
With a bench in need of a makeover, here are a few under-the-radar options the Lakers would be wise to pursue with their limited cap room this summer.