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After getting spurned by Dwight Howard in what has to be one of the most humiliating events in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers have a roster that’s far from competing for a championship and likely on the outside looking in for the playoffs.
Given the Lakers' old backcourt that includes a rehabbing Kobe Bryant trying to come back from a serious Achilles injury, Howard’s departure could be taken as a sign that now is the time for this organization to rebuild.
Even though it’s for only one season and comes at a cheap price, the Lakers made a mistake by signing Chris Kaman.
Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, he shot over 50 percent from the floor, averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. In other words, even though Kaman’s 31 years old, he can still be productive. But the Lakers don't need random production from a solid 10-year veteran. They need to develop young talent, sell high on talented stars for valuable assets and start a genuine rebuild (see: Celtics, Boston).
Signing current journeymen like Kaman might have the Lakers fighting for the No. 8 seed, but is that what they really want? Even if it is on a one-year contract for just $3.2 million, keeping their sacred 2014 cap space clear, there are "better" big men out there to sign.