Los Angeles Lakers: free agents

Possible Lakers free-agent targets

May, 16, 2013
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Buha By Jovan Buha
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Those expecting a major upheaval from the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason are likely to be disappointed.

Unless Dwight Howard bolts in free agency or Pau Gasol is traded, the primary cast of this season’s underachieving squad is all but certain to remain intact as the Lakers look to preserve cap space for the summer of 2014, when only Steve Nash and Howard would be on the books and the team would be in prime position to reload.

Heading into the 2013-14 season, the Lakers have five players under guaranteed contracts: Kobe Bryant, Gasol, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill and Nash. While Metta World Peace has an early termination option, he’s likely to remain with the team and not opt out. Jodie Meeks has a team option, meaning the Lakers decide his future, but he’ll probably return since his salary is relatively inexpensive ($1.5 million). Chris Duhon has a non-guaranteed deal and can be waived by June 30 to alleviate cap space.

All three of the Lakers’ free agents -- Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison and Howard -- are probable to return, with Howard commanding a max contract and Jamison presumably re-signing for the veteran’s minimum. Clark, however, is the wild card, as his market value will be dictated by the free agency climate.

The Lakers have $66.6 million in salary between their five players under contract, but assuming World Peace and Meeks are retained and Duhon is waived (they’d still have to pay him $1.5 million), that figure will be about $77.4 million. Throw in Howard ($20.5 million in 2013-14), Clark and potentially Jamison, and it’s clear the Lakers will have a salary north of $100 million and little financial flexibility to add any significant pieces.

With only the mini-midlevel exception (a little over $3 million) and the veteran's minimum at their disposal, the Lakers will have to do something they’ve rarely done before: find cheap talent.

As such, the Lakers will look to sign free agents to one-year deals in their price range, which will mainly limit the field to veterans chasing championships or unproven role players looking to catch a break. While none of these additions will single-handedly turn the Lakers into a contender, there’s potential to find a player or two who can shore up weaknesses and deficiencies and help them compete better next season.

Here are some players the Lakers should look for this offseason:

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The Forum: Additional free agent options

September, 17, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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It's safe to say the offseason goal of bolstering the Lakers roster has been met ... and then some. Still, neither front office nor fans are ever truly satisfied, and players like Leandro Barbosa and Kenyon Martin, among others, remain unemployed. We discuss whether another "name" is needed.

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September, 7, 2011
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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The upcoming NBA remains in limbo, but the chat keeps chugging along as strong as ever. That's just how we roll here at the Land O' Lakers blog.

Talking points from today's session included players potentially acquired via trade or free agency, the odds of Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris carving out roles next season and a whole bunch of lockout queries.

Here is the link.

The Triangle: Free agent targets

July, 11, 2011
7/11/11
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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At some point, the owners and players will land on a mutually acceptable Collective Bargaining Agreement and put an end to the lockout. When that happens, teams will begin chasing free agents. Who should the Lakers pursue? Or rather, who can the Lakers pursue, given their salary cap constraints?

The K Bros and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller offer suggestions.

Chat transcript

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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For those unable to make it the first time around, here is the replay. Talking points included impressions of rookies Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock, potential trades and free agent signings and the lockout.

Plus, the question plaguing mankind for ages: Who wins in a foot race between Luke Walton and Derrick Caracter?

Here is the transcript.

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