By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on June 28, 2014
Okay, so the NBA Draft is over. Can we relax now? Absolutely not. The 2014 offseason is just beginning and plenty of moves are yet to come when free agency begins on July 1. Multiple notable names will hit the open market, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers with plenty of work to do this summer. Yes, acquiring Julius Randle was an incredible way to kick off the summer, but unfortunately he's only one of four players on the team next season.
Nick Young informed the Lakers of his official opt-out earlier this week, leaving his future totally up in the air. Young will surely receive some generous offers league-wide, especially from teams on the verge of contention. However, Young's preference is to remain in Los Angeles and the feeling is mutual within the Lakers' front office. As beloved a player as Young is though, Mitch Kupchak will not, under any circumstances, overpay for him.
Yes, we're still discussing who will become the next head coach of the Lakers, and that discussion does not appear to be coming to a conclusion anytime soon. Kupchak recently stated no coach will likely be hired until mid-July, but it's about time to make the move. A head coach will not dictate neither LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony's decision to sign in Los Angeles, so holding out is basically pointless.
Word surfaced prior to the NBA Draft that Los Angeles was exploring deals to trade Steve Nash in a package deal along with the No. 7 pick. Unfortunately, no deal was sought after leaving Nash's near million expiring contract on the books for this season. Before free agency beings, dumping this salary must be a priority, as such a substantial amount of cash can be used elsewhere on a much more productive player.
The dumping of Nash's contract leads us into addressing the team's point guard deficiency. Numerous productive point guards will hit the market this offseason, including Kyle Lowry, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, each of whom can add a much needed boost. Nash's salary should be suffice to lure any of the three previously mentioned point guards to sign a deal to become a member of the Lakers. Los Angeles must heavily pursue these players.
This has been an interesting topic amongst Lakers fans. The majority do not believe Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant can coexist, but according to past Olympic performances, they most certainly can. Anthony fits perfectly alongside Bryant and the newly added Julius Randle, as his ability to stretch the floor will take the burden off of Bryant's shoulders. It would also allow Randle to develop his offensive game on the fly.
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