2013 NBA Free Agency: Los Angeles Lakers Are Better Off Waiting Until 2014

By Ryan Heckman


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The Los Angeles Lakers lost out on Dwight Howard Friday as he chose the Houston Rockets to be his next destination. Almost immediately, fans began asking where their Lakers go from here. Well, the honest answer would be no where.

Los Angeles cannot afford to make a move they will regret next year. Howard was their only real priority this summer, and now that he’s gone, they might as well let 2013 play out and wait until next summer.

With a free agency class featuring the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade amongst many other big names, the Lakers are bound to make some big moves. Going after what’s left of this summer’s class won’t do any good.

If I’m the Lakers, I would just let Kobe Bryant do his thing. Get Pau Gasol the ball more often — he deserves it. Steve Nash should be healthy, which will help tremendously. Not to mention, a giant headache will be missing from the paint — thank God.

I know that fans everywhere have a tendency to feel left out if the Lakers wind up doing nothing, but believe me, it will be for the better. Next summer the only guy under contract will be Nash. Everyone else at this point is off the books. Imagine the possibilities. Bryant will be looking for one last title and the guys they could bring in would definitely give him that shot.

Feel a little better yet, fans? I hope so.

The main point here is that the Lakers can’t feel like Howard got the best of them and in response make a hasty decision. Mitch Kupchak knows better than to do something like that, and 2014 will be a much better year for his franchise.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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