After the Dwight-mare was over from Los Angeles, the Lakers
were automatically thrust into a rebuilding mode. They signed some free-agents
to one or two year deal just to put a team on the floor for the upcoming NBA
season. However, many believe that the current Laker roster is not competitive
enough to even secure a spot in the tough Western Conference, especially with
emerging teams like the Trail Blazers, Pelicans, and the Rockets. Thus, Mitch
and the Lakers are already ahead of schedule and planning their off-season
strategy for the 2014 NBA free-agency.
During the next free-agency period, some of the most notable
names in the league become unrestricted free-agents; such as, Melo, LeBron,
Wade, Bosh, Stoudemire, Wall, Granger, George, Bogut, Nowitzki, and several
others. This free-agency should be enough for the Lakers, who will have plenty
of cap space to reload their roster and make another championship run. But who
would they target?
My first guess is, none other than, LeBron. However, it is
highly unlikely LeBron would choose to join forces with the Mamba and pick Hollywood
over his home-town, or south beach, we can expect Mitch to put a bid up there
for LeBron. Next is going to the scoring champion, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had
an amazing year this season, winning the scoring title, and electrifying the
crowd at the MSG every night. Lakers would definitely want Melo to do the same
on a nightly basis at the Staple Center, alongside the future hall of famer,
Kobe Bryant. Then again, it is highly unlikely that two scoring-first mentality
guys, in Kobe and Melo, team up forces, but to counter that, they have been
teammates on a successful USA Olympic roster.
Lakers third choice should be this year's all-star and
Indiana's star guard, Paul George. This kid was raised in L.A. and has looked
up to Kobe Bryant as his role model; however, he has stated that he is happy
where he is right now, and that is Indiana. But, he has also hinted that
playing alongside Kobe would be a dream come true. I don't know, what his
decision is going to be at the end, but Mitch and his front-office should
definitely try to mold his brain into playing in L.A. because the kid's got a
bright future where ever he plays.
Lakers will definitely be running after other superstars and
filling their roster up with a deep NBA Draft, but those three guys should
definitely be a priority for the Lakers front office.