The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to make a splash in free agency this summer with all of the extra cap space that the team holds. Everybody is coming off the books except Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Robert Sacre. Los Angeles is also likely to waive Nash after this season if he does not retire which will allow the team about an extra $6 million to spend as well.
With all of this room, the Lakers have plenty of flexibility to turn the team back into contenders once again. Young PF Greg Monroe will hit the market as a restricted free agent which means the Detroit Pistons have the right to match any offer he receives. However, if Detroit decides to stick with Josh Smith as the power forward for the future, the team may simply let Monroe walk. This is of course assuming that the Pistons do not trade Monroe before this week’s trade deadline.
If all goes as planned, the Lakers may be in the situation to make Monroe an offer to lure him to the City of Angels for years to come. Monroe is a young player with a tremendous upside. He has the potential to be a future All-Star, and when put in the correct situation he can be a huge asset to any team.
Monroe will likely not be offered a max contract mainly because he hasn’t earned that type of salary thus far in his career. As a result, the Lakers can probably sign Monroe at a fair price which also allows them to sign another marquee free agent either in this offseason or the next. We cannot forget that Los Angeles will presumably earn a very high pick in this year’s loaded draft. This could be just the beginning of the Lakers building a dangerous and all-around solid team.