The good news for general manager Mitch Kupchak is that the limelight of Los Angeles will still attract free agents. Signing the league's most desirable players is no longer a given, but this team is never down and out for too long, giving hope that a return to relevance—not prominence—isn't far away.
Although there are plenty of dreamers with visions of LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Carmelo Anthony coming to town, we'll be a bit more realistic. There's no guarantee that the three opt out, and more importantly, B/R's Kevin Ding has reported that L.A. will likely bring back Steve Nash, making big-name signings more plausible in 2015 (see: Kevin Love).
The Lakers are ready to move past this season, and the draft will certainly help their cause. That said, a lottery pick can't solve everything, and the team will have its top targets come free agency.