The Lakers are looking towards the future. With injuries to superstar Kobe Bryant and saying goodbye to Dwight Howard, the Lakers are planning to enter the rebuilding phase. Luckily for them, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will likely be free agents after the 2013-14 season. Team sources told ESPN that the team wants to be in position to make an offer to one or both after next season. “It’s all wishful thinking at this point,” a league source told ESPN. It would be very unlikely that they could land both or either one of them.
LeBron James is fresh off two consecutive championship wins with the Miami Heat. Sources say that he hasn’t given any thought to free agency or future plans. Anthony is in the same boat. He has no plans yet on what he will do after this upcoming season but will probably weigh in the success of the Knicks this year when it’s time to decide to leave or stay.
If LA get neither of the superstars, no worries, there are still several top level players to rebuild around. Dwyane Wade, Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh also have early-termination options on the five-year deals they signed in the summer of 2010. Luol Deng, Danny Granger, Andrew Bogut and Dirk Nowitzki will be unrestricted free agents after the upcoming season as well.
Kobe Bryant told ESPNLosAngeles.com that he intends on being part of the recruiting process in 2014. “It’s an open conversation, via text and also meeting in person and just picking up the phone and calling,” Bryant said of his involvement. “They’ve kept me in the loop pretty well.” Kobe will be the highest-paid player in the NBA next season at $30.5 million but is willing to rework his deal to allow more cap room to sign top-level talent.
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