The Los Angeles Lakers are heading toward one of the most uncertain offseasons in franchise history. After finishing with the worst regular-season record in more than half a century (27-55), the Lakers only have three players on guaranteed contracts for 2014-15: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre.
The rest of the guys are poised to become free agents.
As a result, general manager Mitch Kupchak has plenty on his plate. Heck, L.A. hasn’t even decided on a new head coach to replace the departed Mike D’Antoni.
The coaching search clearly won’t be rushed. The Lakers will find someone willing to patrol the sideline. Filling out the roster for next season, however, is going to be a much more difficult task for the front office.
L.A. can sift through the free-agent pool to bring in fresh faces, but deciding upon guys to bring back or let walk will continue to be a priority.
Obviously, that will depend on whether those Lakers free agents will be affordable. Guys like Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill all played with impressive consistency throughout the season. Opposing GMs will no doubt take notice and aim to sign those targets in order to improve their squads.
Can the Lakers afford to keep their valuable free agents, or will they sign more lucrative deals elsewhere?