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L.A. Times: The Lakers can breathe easier. They are no longer paying Brian Grant. His contract finally expires tonight, but so does the one belonging to Luke Walton, who will be thrust into the open market at 9:01 p.m. while ushering in another phase of the Lakers’ off-season — and more questions — with the beginning of the free-agency period.
Will the Lakers retain Walton by perhaps tripling the $1.4 million he made last season? They hope so.
Will they re-sign Chris Mihm at a substantial pay cut? It’s a wait-and-see.
Whom will they sign with their mid-level exception? Denver point guard Steve Blake, Milwaukee point guard Mo Williams, Orlando forward Grant Hill and Miami sharpshooter Jason Kapono are all possibilities.
Although the Lakers just drafted a young point guard for a second consecutive season, they’re in the market for one with more experience than Javaris Crittenton, who played one season at Georgia Tech.
“I think that remains a position we need to pursue,” General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday. “Jordan Farmar may end up being that player, but we do feel that another player in the backcourt, a veteran player, would be a good fit.”