After losing Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers must target role players in order to fill out the roster. Considering the Lakers' current financial state, the list of possibilities won’t be extensive.
Now that veteran center Chris Kaman has taken $3.2 million of the team’s “mini” mid-level exception, as reported by Adi Joseph of USA Today, the Lakers will only be able to sign players to the veteran’s minimum (approximately $1.4 million), according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times via Twitter.
With that lack of financial flexibility, the Lakers’ options are limited. They will have to target players who are either familiar enough with the franchise to take a discount or guys attracted to the prospect of playing in Los Angeles for that $1.4 million number.
Building a contender around Kobe Bryant and Co. this year needs to be done via addition by subtraction. In other words, the team will have to play with a vengeance to prove that it didn’t need D12 on the squad.
The role players the Lakers can sign likely won’t make a huge difference. But they can still find players who actually want to play in L.A.