NBA Free Agents 2011: Los Angeles Lakers Should Target These 5 Players

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NBA Free Agents 2011: Los Angeles Lakers Should Target These 5 Players
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After being swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely be searching the 2011 NBA free agency far and wide for some new players.

So far this summer, the Lakers have hired a new coach. Mike Brown, former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the LeBron James era, is now at the helm of the Lakers. Although Kobe Bryant was a bit caught off guard by the decision, change has been made.

Phil Jackson and former Lakers-great Shaquille O'Neal retired since the season came to a close. The Lakers have been in the news nearly as much as the Mavericks or the Miami Heat—the two teams competing for the NBA championship.

Let's give the Lakers some more attention by looking at who they could try to add from the free agency starting in July. The Lakers have no first-round picks in the NBA draft on June 23, but possess four in the second round. If the Lakers can't find a way to trade up, they likely won't find a big contributor at No. 41 or below.

However, the Lakers already owe over $92 million to their players for the upcoming season, meaning they have very little to work with.

This means Lakers management needs to explore the free-agent pool early and often, looking for some pieces to complete the complex purple and gold puzzle.

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