5 Questions Los Angeles Lakers Must Answer This Offseason

5 Important Questions the Los Angeles Lakers Must Answer this Offseason

Lakers Jerseys
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Following their worst season since moving west, the Lakers find themselves in an unusual position -- that of a draft lottery team. After posting a 27-55 record, the Lakers have an intriguing offseason ahead of them, one filled with more questions than answers at this point. To even begin trying to get back to respectability, let alone the playoffs, the Lakers must start by answering these five questions.

5. What is Mike D'Antoni's Fate with the Organization?

Mike D'Antoni
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

5. What is Mike D'Antoni's Fate with the Organization?

Mike D'Antoni
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Much of how the Lakers will move forward hinges on the fate of D'Antoni, who has proven to be less than they'd hoped for. His all-run-no-defense system isn't a good fit for the personnel and has alienated the likes of Dwight Howard and now Pau Gasol -- it is unlikely to be attractive to free agents. Add to that an overall record of 67-87, and D'Antoni should be gone. But with Jim Buss calling the shots, we don't know what to expect.

4. If D'Antonis is Fired, Who Will Be Willing to Replace Him?

Byron Scott
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

4. If D'Antonis is Fired, Who Will Be Willing to Replace Him?

Byron Scott
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With Phil Jackson out of the picture, the question becomes, who would the team bring in to replace a fired D'Antoni? Lionel Hollins? Steve Kerr? Byron Scott? Or would they reach down to the NCAA to snag a John Calipari or other high profile coach? Those names have been floated out there at one time or another this season, but the question then becomes, would any of those coaches want to helm that disaster that is the Lakers franchise right now?

3. Will They Be Able to Lure Carmelo Anthony -- or Any Marquee Free Agents -- to LA?

Carmelo Anthony
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3. Will They Be Able to Lure Carmelo Anthony -- or Any Marquee Free Agents -- to LA?

Carmelo Anthony
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The bright lights of Los Angeles have always been a big draw for free agents. With Carmelo Anthony exploring his options, a lot of buzz has him coming west. But if D'Antoni is still the coach, the Lakers can forget about it. What also remains to be seen is whether he can co-exist with Kobe, and whether that one-two punch is enough to turn the franchise around. But given the state of the franchise, there's no guarantee he'd even be interested.

2. Will They Be Able to Convince Pau to Stay?

Pau Gasol
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

2. Will They Be Able to Convince Pau to Stay?

Pau Gasol
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

A key part of two championship teams, as close to a right hand man for Kobe as there is, and a fan favorite, it's hard to imagine Pau leaving. But D'Antoni has more or less neutered the big Spaniard, and he's been a constant fixture of trade rumors -- it's no wonder he's frustrated and likely to leave LA. Mitch Kupchak says he wants Pau to stay and will be calling him, though after the last few seasons, Pau can't be blamed for not answering.

1. What are They Going to Do With Steve Nash?

Steve Nash
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

1. What are They Going to Do With Steve Nash?

Steve Nash
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers raised eyebrows when they signed the aging Steve Nash to a 3-year, million dollar deal in 2012. Those doubts have only been confirmed as a rash of injuries have limited Nash to just 65 appearances over the last two season. He says he's coming back next season, but does the team want him back? Though they'd still have to pay him his .7 million, his roster spot could be given to somebody more useful. Like a new towel boy.

Around the Web