Despite all the injuries, which player(s) should be re-signed this off-season?
Johnny Navarrette // @JohnnyNav: Wesley Johnson, Nick Young (player option), Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar, and Jordan Hill. That group would give the Lakers a very good bench moving into next season, allowing the Lakers front office to focus on the starting lineup.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren: It all depends on the price. The Lakers have some great role players, but they have to preserve cap space to acquire some star power, and thus cannot pay much for the supporting cast. Kendall Marshall already has a non-guaranteed deal for next year, and he is a steal at the league minimum. I’d take another flyer on Jordan Farmar if he’ll play for the minimum again, and I’m interested in Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry too depending on the price. I’d love to keep Swaggy P, but I imagine he’ll get something like 3 years $15mil or 4 years $20mil elsewhere, which is too much for the Lakers to spend on him before they get their stars aligned.
Jory Dreher // @Jay_Laker: That is a tricky question because of all of the injuries this season. I look at guys like Jordan Farmar who barely had a chance to prove that he belongs, but when he did play he was very effective. Obviously Nick Young has proven to be a keeper, and Xavier Henry was very productive in his brief stint pre-injury.
Ash Kargaran // @aakargaran: The Lakers need to bring back Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, and Jordan Farmar to solidify a youthful core going into the coming years. All three of those players have played well under the current circumstances and they each bring something needed to the Lakers going forward. The biggest re-signing has to be Pau Gasol, if he is not traded at the deadline. If the Lakers can convince Pau to take less money and come back to the team, they will be far ahead of schedule in terms of becoming a championship contender next year.
Kanta Ito // @Kanta_B_Ito: While the Lakers try to build a championship roster around Bryant this offseason, it is crucial for Lakers management to keep role players that could positively impact the Lakers this offseason. Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson, and Jordan Hill are notable players the Lakers should resign this offseason since they all fit key roles that any championship teams should have.
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia: With only Nash, Bryant, Sacre, and Young (player-option) on the books for next season I feel the Lakers should really think about who they want on the team for next season. Kendall Marshall has certainly made a case to be a wonderful backup point guard, and Steve Blake is a fan favorite. However, starting fresh and bringing in a lot of new guys isn’t a bad idea, time to start anew for the Lakers.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0: This is a difficult question for me. As a fan, I want to see a lot of these people return, but for the sake of the team… I believe Farmar, Young, Johnson, Meeks, and Hill will benefit the team the most in the future. Steve Blake has been great this season and I wouldn’t mind seeing him back next year as well… But for some reason I don’t see that happening… And as much as I want Pau to stay, I think his time in purple and gold is almost over.
Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII: Xavier Henry, Kendall Marshall, Jordan Hill, and I would even resign Gasol. Since Swaggy P would still be under contract those four would be whom I’m bringing back. I could only imagine that their productivity would improve with a better roster. Oh, and Chris Kaman if he’s going to actually get to play. He puts up numbers when he does.
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