Let’s be honest here, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t going to be legitimate contenders next season after losing Dwight Howard and they really have to wait till next off season where they have a lot money to spend and a lot of big-name free agents to target.
For next season, here are some low-cost free agents they can sign that could fill the roster and could contribute to team. But in order to get these free agents, the Lakers would probably have to amnesty Metta World Peace, in order to have a little bit of flexibility.
Free Agents that Lakers could Target:
Dorell Wright (SF): A 27-year old athletic player, who is a good shooter and would be a perfect fit with Mike D’Antoni. With Bryant not expected to return until December, the Lakers would need his ability to score.
Nick Young (SG): Even though he doesn’t make the best decisions, he can score and has a lot of potential. Plus, the presence of Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant on team would help him mature and he’s only 28-years old.
Corey Brewer (SF): The best replacement for Metta World Peace. A good defender, only 27-years old and a decent shooter.
Kenyon Martin (PF): This option really isn’t the best because he’s 35-years old but with Gasol switching back to center, it leaves Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly as options to start, so bringing in a great defender like Martin makes sense.
JJ Hickson (PF): This option is something I want to badly happen. He’s only 24-years old, has a lot of potential, very athletic, good defender and played great last year.
These are some of the players I want the Lakers to target. And for those who are sad or angry about Dwight Howard leaving, let me tell you something, the Lakers has had a long history of having great centers who are offensive juggernauts, where as Howard has NO offensive game. Also, he’s not tough enough like the other centers to handle the expectations of the bright lights of Los Angeles. Let’s appreciate the greatness of Bryant, Nash and Gasol this season and hope to get either Greg Monroe or DeMarcus Cousins next offseason.