Biggest Needs for LA Lakers During Free-Agency Season

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Biggest Needs for LA Lakers During Free-Agency Season
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On the heels of a successful NBA draft night, the Los Angeles Lakers have entered this summer’s free agency with renewed determination.

The Lakers drafted power forward Julius Randle from Kentucky with their No. 7 pick and then went ahead and bought the No. 46 pick from the Washington Wizards, choosing 6’5” point guard Jordan Clarkson from Mizzou.

Whereas once the front office seemed to approaching a forward-thinking rebuild with a slower, more conservative approach, there now appears to be a greater commitment to making sweeping changes quickly—if certain major components fall into place, that is.

After the draft was over on June 26, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak addressed the team’s thinking in regard to going after elite free agents, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: "We're prepared. If any of those players do want to make a move, we're prepared. And if we get word, when we're allowed to get word, we will go all out."

With a threadbare roster, the Lakers will be looking to fill all their positional needs this summer, but it starts with the type of players that Kupchak was referencing as “those players”—the summer’s major stars.

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony represent the top of the food chain—all other moves will either complement both or either of those acquisitions, or will constitute Plan B.

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