Ranking 2014 Superstar Free Agents by Fit with Kobe Bryant and LA Lakers

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Ranking 2014 Superstar Free Agents by Fit with Kobe Bryant and LA Lakers
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Based on the current makeup of their roster, the Los Angeles Lakers look they'll be a fringe playoff team in 2013-14. But that's quite alright, because reinforcements will be on their way in the summer of 2014. 

As long as Kobe Bryant has been with the Lakers, the term "mediocre" has not been in the Lakers' lexicon, evident by the team's one missed playoff appearance in the Mamba era (2004-05). 

The class of superstars set to hit free agency in 2014 is mind-blowing, and that doesn't even factor in restricted free agents such as Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins. For the purposes of this slideshow, RFAs will not be included because their teams retain the right to match any offers they receive next summer. 

It should also be noted that this list is a ranking by fit alongside Bryant and is not based strictly on the talent of prospective free agents. 

One final housekeeping note: This list was made assuming that Kobe will remain in Los Angeles past this season and Pau Gasol will not (he would need to take a serious pay cut to stick around). Steve Nash remains signed through the 2014-15 season. 

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