The Los Angeles Lakers have officially been in a rebuilding phase the better part of the last few seasons. After GM Mitch Kupchak offered Kobe Bryant a 2 year $24 million per year contract. When offered the contract to Bryant, the Lakers effectively gave up on the following two seasons. They did not sign single player beyond Bryant’s last season to allow for room to sign two max player deals and to build around those two players, whoever they might end up being.
The Lakers did not pursue any big names during the previous two offseasons. They will give it one more go with Bryant in what is likely to be his last season in the NBA. The summer of 2016 is what the Lakers are eyeing. The most notable players to become free agents are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. With Bryant out of the picture, Los Angeles might again be a premiere destination for free agents. Players around the NBA are quite aware of the difficult nature of playing alongside Kobe Bryant which has made Los Angeles a less desirable destination for free agent players around the league. The Lakers had put their hopes in Dwight Howard but the one year he played in LA proved to be a bad fit for both parties. Who would have guessed that it’s the Clippers that are on the up and up and not the Lakers in this town. What’s ahead for both teams is yet to be determined but it is sure to be an interesting couple of offseasons.