After the season is over for the Los Angeles Lakers; they have a big decision to make. What player are they going to offer the big money too?
Kobe can opt out of his current contract and try to start a legacy somewhere else, but why would he bother? He's not going to do anything with the Knicks or the Clippers. His best option is to stick with the Lakers, and get Pau more comfortable with the triangle offense.
Trevor Ariza is also a free agent, and this is who i would definitely would tell Jerry Buss to dish out the money too. He's making 3.1 Million already, and some could say he could make more else where due to his streaky 3 point jumper and his ability to defend..
Trevor Ariza has proved himself in the 2009 playoffs with his two inbound steals, and his knockdown jumper when the Nuggets dared him to shoot. But he isn't known as a scorer first, he's a 6'9'' defensive player. He has speed, size, and strength to shut down the opposing teams best scorer.
However, if Lamar Odom shows that he's willing to accept the same role, with just as much money this would be who to resign. I'm not too sure that he's willing to be a sixth man in the NBA for the remainder of his career. He has a special skill set that lets him grab rebounds, drive to the basket, handle the ball, and shoot from the outside.
Lamar Odom is a special player for his size, but because he was already reluctant to move to the bench before the season started, I don't think he will want to be stuck behind Andrew Bynum for much longer. If Odom does resign with the Lakers, it would be a big blow to the rest of the Western Conference, because of his abilities.
Shannon Brown, even though he's a restricted Free Agent, i think he has proved why the Lakers need to resign him. He can defend with the best of them, and is one of the more athletic players on the floor every game.
Jerry Buss should give him a solid contract, because he has excelled in the triangle offense, and is always ready to go into a game, no matter how much he's played.
All in all, barring Lamar Odom to accept a sixth man role for the Lakers,Ariza would be the ideal resigning for the Lakers if they could only have one. Ariza has much improved his 3 point shot allowing him to spread the floor, and also he is one of the Lakers best defenders, because of his size and athleticism.
The Lakers should have a busy summer, and an interesting one as well, as they try to resign the players that Jerry Buss, and the rest of the organization thinks that will lead them to the 2010 NBA Finals.