Seven Former Lakers Who Could Return as Free Agents

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Seven Former Lakers Who Could Return as Free Agents
Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Just because it has been repeated to death does not mean it’s any less of a fact—the Los Angeles Lakers have a ton of roster holes to deal with.

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will be back, and so will Robert Sacre!

There’s your starting lineup of three—the only players under actual contract for next season. It’s not really quite that dire, of course. The Lakers can make qualifying offers to both Ryan Kelly and Kent Bazemore, thus making them restricted free agents. They also have an option on Kendall Marshall, that modern practitioner of the set shot who showed a legitimate talent for dishing dimes by the boatload this past season.

The team also has the No. 7 pick in this year’s NBA draft.

Management will no doubt make liberal use of the veteran minimum salary again this season, as it has become the bread and butter for virtually all teams across the league now—you can thank the recent collective bargaining agreement for the NBA’s current polarization of classes, with fewer players existing in the $3-to-$5 million mid-range band that was once so common.

With so many questions during this time of the Great Rebuild, perhaps it’s time to consider some of those who have worn the Purple and Gold in the past, and now find themselves unrestricted free agents.

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