The NBA 2014 FA Class can be super big if all the guys with ETOs opt out but the majority of them won't and the other big names are either old or injured. Leaving out Melo and guys most likely to get a max extension from the 2010 draft, here are all the possible and best players the Lakers can go after and have a reasonable shot at landing along with what I think they'll command in FA next summer and their age.
Kyle Lowry: 28 10-12 mil a year
Avery Bradley: 23 6-8 mil a year
Eric Bledsoe: 24 8-10 mil a year
Jerryd Bayless: 25 5-7 mil a year
Greivis Vasquez: 27 5-6 mil a year
Isaiah Thomas: 25 3-5 mil a year
Brandon Jennings: 24 8-10 mil a year
Ramon Sessions: 28 5-7 mil a year
Lance Stephenson: 24 4-6 mil a year
Thabo Sefolosha: 30 4-6 mil a year
Jordan Crawford: 25 4-6 mil a year
Paul Pierce: 36 6-8 mil a year or MLE on a contender
Luol Deng: 29 9-12 mil a year
Brandon Rush: 29 3-5 mil a year
Gordon Hayward: 24 5-7 mil a year
Danny Granger: 31 7-10 mil a year
Marvin Williams: 28 2-4 mil a year or vets min on a contender
Trevor Ariza: 29 3-5 mil a year or vets min on a contender
Dirk Nowitzki: 36 7-10 mil a year
Greg Monroe: 24 11-14 mil a year, may get the max because Dumars is really bad with contracts
Patrick Patterson: 25 4-6 mil a year
Derrick Favors: 23 8-12 mil a year
Ed Davis: 25 6-8 mil a year
Larry Sanders: 25 8-10 mil a year
Ekpe Udoh: 27 4-6 mil a year
Andrew Bogut: 29 10-12 mil a year
DeMarcus Cousins: 23 12-15/16 (max) a year
Marcin Gortat: 30 8-10 mil a year
Emeka Okafor: 31 6-8 mil a year.
The only Lakers contracts on the books will be Nash's, Young's (if he opts in), Sacre and Harris. These 4 players contracts add up to 12.66 million dollars, leaving 47.34 left to work with. They can only get this cap space by renouncing the rights to all their FAs or resigning them for less before they look for FAs. Kobe and Pau will have capholds of 31 million and 20 million dollars give or take a mil. If the Lakers renounce their rights they can't resign them if they're over the cap unless it's for the mMLE or the vet's min.
Would love to hear your thoughts about who you would have the Lakers go after and why.