The Los Angeles Lakers are entering what appears to be a tanked season. Despite Kobe Bryant's best wishes, both Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace will not be returning to help the Lakers make another putrid attempt at making the playoffs.
Despite the morbidity of the situation, all hope is not lost. The Lakers have enough financial stability to make major offseason moves that could catapult them back into contention after the conclusion of the upcoming season.
While Laker fans can hold onto that glimmer of hope, they should also temper their expectations.
Although the Lakers have forged an excellent reputation of getting back into contention no matter how hard they get hit, fans should not expect a miracle.
The Lakers' management has proven to be excellent at constructing a roster and moving pieces via trades in order to build contenders.
However, outside of Shaquille O'Neal, fans would be hard-pressed to find a true superstar the Lakers have acquired from free agency in recent history.
To put things into perspective, here are the five worst free agents the Lakers have acquired off of the market.