Chances each Laker returns next year

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After a difficult first half to the season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers fall as low as eight games under .500, the Lakers seemed to have figured out a winning formula. They had one of the best records in the NBA during the second half of the season and a renewed hope that they could make a run deep into the playoffs.

Then, just as fast as their hopes had turned around, they came crumbling down after Kobe Bryant‘s Achilles tear with just three games left in the regular season. Without their leader to guide them, the Lakers were swiftly bounced from post-season play in four-game fashion.

The Lakers face tough decisions this off-season including whether to keep Pau Gasol or trade him, as well as the uncertainty surrounding Dwight Howard‘s impending free-agency.

With so much unpredictability pertaining to the Lakers future, it is impossible to know who stays and who goes. However, I will do my best to use my knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking to predict who will remain on the roster for this upcoming season. So, without further adieu, allow me to reveal what I believe to be each player’s chances to remain with the Lakers past this summer.

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Written by Corbin Weinerman

Corbin is currently a sophomore at Cal State Northridge. He is a life-long Lakers fan who throughly enjoys sports and is an enthusiastic writer. He also aspires to someday become either a full-time sportswriter or a General Manager of an NBA team. Want to talk basketball or just sports in general? Make sure to follow him on twitter @Corbinmrpk and send him any questions or comments you may have.