With Dwight Howard gone, the Lakers’ attention turns to the summer of 2014, when they are flush with cap space. However, they need to fill out a roster this season first!
Currently, the Lakers only have 9 players on the roster: Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks, Metta World Peace, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol, Ryan Kelly, and Robert Sacre.
Update: the lakers have signed Center Chris Kaman for one year. That fills their need at center, and gives them 10 players on the roster.
They need to sign at least 4 players to hit the minimum of 13.
Last year, the Lakers age and defensive inabilities cost them. They need to stock up on length, speed, and youth, as well as find another center to fill the void Dwight left.
With only the mini-MLE (3 million), and the veterans minimum available to sign players, the Lakers will have to get creative, and find a few diamonds in the rough. They can only offer one year deals, to preserve cap space in 2014. Fortunately, there are quality free agents who may be available for bargain prices, provided they cannot score more lucrative deals elsewhere.
Here is a list of free agents the Lakers can target, and their merits, organized by position.