It is obvious that the Lakers are going to make a ‘big splash’ in the 2014 free agency. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and Steve Blake’s contract will expire in that year, which means that the Lakers nearly have about $60 million to spend. But the Lakers might not resign the current players, Bryant already stated that he might retire from the NBA in 2014 so he can play overseas, and Gasol and World Peace’s game is already starting to decline. So what will they do?
Here are some of the options for the Lakers:
Carmelo Anthony – Let’s face it, this guy is hungry to win a ring, and if it doesn’t happen in New York, he might actually ditch them to join the Lakers alongside Dwight and Nash. But the way the Knicks are playing right now, the chance of Melo joining the Lakers are very remote.
LeBron James – Reigning champion and Finals MVP, so why would he leave Miami? Money. LeBron is probably the best player in the league right now but he doesn’t have a max contract, and that is the only reason why he would leave Miami to join the Lakers. Even though it’ll be a dream for basketball fans but it best likely won’t happen.
Amar’e Stoudemire – With Mike D’Antoni as coach and Steve Nash running the show, at the age of 32, Stoudemire might still be an effective player. He already know the offense and will probably fit in perfectly with the team. But if the Melo-Amar’e chemistry issue doesn’t resolve by 2014, he will probably be with another team before 2014.
John Wall – If the Washington Wizards keep playing like they are right now, Wall might opt out of his contract in 2014 because of frustration. Steve Nash is going to be 40 by 2014 so the Lakers might need a new point guard.
O.J. Mayo – If Kobe does in fact retire, the best replacement is probably Mayo, and his 3-point shooting ability will be perfect for Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Mayo is a very underrated player who can drop 20 a night and has already establish himself as an all-star in Dallas.
Kwame Brown – Former 1st overall pick has had great success in Los Angeles… just kidding.
No matter what happens, Mitch Kupchak will never disappoint us and the best-case scenario is if the Lakers were to acquire a star small forward and re-sign a 36-year old Kobe Bryant for cheap. Buckle up, the 2014 free agency is going to be a fun ride for Lakers fans.