By Brendan Patel on June 8, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers have a tough offseason ahead of them as they look to quickly rebuild the team for Kobe Bryant’s last two years. They have yet to make a decision whether they will go all in, or use these next couple of years to save money and find young prospects. Here are five ways to help improve the team.
Steve Nash is owed almost million next season. While he is still an effective player, he only played in 15 games last season, and injuries have become a huge problem. The Lakers would have a lot more options if they were not committed to his salary next year.
Trevor Ariza had one of his best seasons last year, and is still in his prime. He fit extremely well next to Bryant in the past, and does all the little things to help his team win. He has become an impressive shooter, and still has the athleticism and intelligence to guard dominant wing players, something the Lakers have lacked in previous seasons.
When the bench was healthy, they were extremely effective and provided great energy to the team. Most of them are still young and changed the pace of the game with their athleticism. They struggled when thrust into starting positions, but will likely be able to come off the bench with a better starting five. Players like Nick Young, Xavier Henry and Jordan Hill would give the team a strong second unit.
Several teams are trying to clear up cap space to sign a superstar this offseason. Carlos Boozer and Omer Asik are two players who will likely be on the trading block, and due to their enormous contracts, a draft pick will likely be attached to them. While neither player is a long-term solution, they would be good rental players as well as giving the team another draft pick.
The Lakers have been patient in finding their next coach, and should look to the veteran ranks. Coaches such as George Karl and Jerry Sloan are still available, and although it would take a lot to convince them to come to Los Angeles, the organization has resources that few others have. It would serve the organization well to have a past player such as Derek Fisher learn the ropes from one of these great coaches.
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