Team general manager Mitch Kupchak and company are already looking forward past the Howard fiasco. Here are the latest rumors buzzing around the Lakers.
Lakers Will Reportedly Keep Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol is no stranger to having his roster spot in Los Angeles debated, but he doesn't have to worry about that going into next year. According to ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers will no longer discuss the idea of using the amnesty provision on Gasol.
If the Lakers do choose to keep Gasol, the team will hope for a bounce-back year from the power forward. In 2012, he posted career lows in points per game with 13.7. It will be interesting to see if those numbers change considering Shelburne says it's likely Gasol will move to center.
Gasol played in just 49 games last season due to injury, his lowest amount in a single season as a Laker. The Lake Show might be going through some changes, but Gasol will still be a staple in the lineup next season.
Metta World Peace Could be Amnestied
Metta World Peace will exercise his option to stay with the Lakers next season. He doesn't have the final say in that matter, however, and his fate will be determined early in July.
Los Angeles could use the one-time amnesty provision sometime between July 10-16, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
World Peace would like to come back to the Lakers but isn't worried about the looming decision by the team.
"I want to go out there, play one more season and then I can be a free agent next season," World Peace told Medina.
The veteran small forward also told Medina that he's not thinking about being amnestied, saying, "I'm just worried about working out."
Team Reaches Out to Lamar Odom
As for free agency news out of Los Angeles, a familiar face could don the purple and gold again. Shelburne recently reported that the Lakers have reached out to Lamar Odom, tweeting:
Lakers have reached out to Lamar Odom, but it been hard to determine how high interest level is on either side thus far.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 6, 2013
As a bench player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2012. In his final season with the Lakers in 2010, he averaged over 14 points, 3.0 assists and almost nine rebounds per game.
His interest in the Lakers might not be known right now, but it's no secret Odom loves the City of Angels. The debacle in Dallas in 2011 and the return to L.A. with the Clippers last year illustrated that quite well.
For the Lakers, Odom could be a cheap signing and bring the team a talent that players like Kobe Bryant and Gasol are familiar with.