The Los Angeles Lakers’ most pressing requirements heading into the 2014 offseason can be summed up in one word: everything.
The coaching situation is in turmoil, the franchise will be coming off its worst season since moving to L.A. in 1960-61 and only three players are under guaranteed contracts for 2014-15—Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the immortal Robert Sacre.
Lakerland needs a lot of help. That was evident the moment Dwight Howard decided to pack his bags for greener pastures with the Houston Rockets, and only got exacerbated by a plethora of crippling injuries throughout 2013-14.
The Lakers are facing questions from management all the way down to the roster’s 12th man. As a result, the draft and free-agency period will be paramount toward building a respectable Western Conference contender once again.
Bryant’s illustrious NBA career is coming to an end, but he wants to compete for a sixth championship before hanging it up. “The Black Mamba” said in March, “How can I be satisfied with it? We’re like 100 games under .500. I can’t be satisfied with that at all. This is not what we stand for, this is not what we play for,” per the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan.
Frustrations are at an all-time high, and the only way to remedy them is through a successful offseason.