With the Los Angeles Lakers’ season of doom over, players will head out on vacation and ultimately return to the next joy ride—somewhere. The team’s existing micro-roster has been lightened by the subtraction of eight unrestricted free agents.
The Lakers will especially be in need of big men, given that Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman are among those heading out in search of a new home.
Robert Sacre is the only Laker big under contract for next season. The team’s No. 60 pick in the 2012 draft has been a pleasant surprise, showing a real spike in production and minutes played this season. Still, the hardworking 7-footer is best-suited to a backup role.
Los Angeles can also extend a qualifying offer to rookie Ryan Kelly, thus making him a restricted free agent. It’s likely the Lakers will—last year’s No. 48 pick started 25 out of 59 games this season, averaging eight points and 3.7 rebounds as a stretch 4.
With money to spend but not a lot of quality free agents on the market this summer, management has a challenging task ahead—not only filling the obvious gaps but also finding reliable starters.
It’s a Big Man dilemma!
Here then is a list of free agents that the team should target over the offseason. You won’t find any early termination clauses or other far-fetched opt-out scenarios.
Nope, this is about guys who are actually available, so don’t howl in protest if you don’t like the results—the pickings are slim out there. And no, Luol Deng is not a power forward or center, hence he is not included here.