Top 10 Hits and Misses of the Los Angeles Lakers 2014 Free Agency

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The Los Angeles Lakers Top 10 Hits And Misses of Free Agency

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With the roster nearly set, and still no official coach in place, the Los Angeles Lakers remain a work in progress. Short-term contracts and a lack of talent and organizational unity have plagued the Lakers, making them an unattractive destination for many of the marquee stars who were on the market.

Despite these deficiencies, the Lakers were active this offseason. We take a look at the team's biggest offseason hits and misses.

10. Carlos Boozer Amnesty Leads to a Second Chance With The Lakers

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10. Carlos Boozer Amnesty Leads to a Second Chance With The Lakers

Carlos Boozer Chicago Bulls
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The addition of Carlos Boozer provides the Lakers with a skilled offensive big man, who despite being on the decline, still has a lot to offer. After being amnestied by the Chicago Bulls, Boozer will have a lot to prove with a chip on his shoulder, and should receive the opportunity to start for the Lakers. Boozer's main responsibilities will be to serve as a veteran voice in the locker room and mentor rookie Julius Randle.

9. Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers: Thank You, But No Thank You

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9. Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers: Thank You, But No Thank You

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While the Lakers made an excellent attempt at prying Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher reminded Lakers fans of just how valuable they really are. Unable to land Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers pursued the rest of their offseason options, losing out on the opportunity to land a player who could help carry the offensive load as well as handle the spotlight that comes with playing in Los Angeles.

8. Ed Davis Will Shine With The Lakers

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8. Ed Davis Will Shine With The Lakers

Ed Davis Los Angeles Lakers
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A North Carolina alum, Ed Davis has always produced in his minutes on the court -- that is when he's actually on the court. With a career average of 20.8 minutes per game, Davis will certainly receive more playing time, which should increase his production as well. Davis bolsters the Lakers' front court with length, and while he might start the season as a backup, he might see himself inserted into the starting lineup if he continues to improve.

7. Pau Gasol Took Less Money to Move to Chicago

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7. Pau Gasol Took Less Money to Move to Chicago

Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls
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The last six years with Pau Gasol have provided the highest of highs, and some very low lows. Gasol thrived in his role as Kobe Bryant’s sidekick and partner, experiencing everything there was to experience as a Laker during his time with the organization. Knowing this, Gasol declined a generous offer from the team to stick around, opting instead for a three-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.

6. Linsanity Arrives In Los Angeles

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6. Linsanity Arrives In Los Angeles

Jeremy Lin Los Angeles Lakers
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Linsanity has arrived in Los Angeles just two years removed from when Lin took the NBA by storm as a New York Knick. Lin now finds himself starting for the Lakers, with his worldwide fan base squarely behind him.

While defense is always a concern, Lin should be a tremendous addition for the Lakers in terms of youth, playmaking and scoring. The Lakers also acquired a first round pick from the Houston Rockets in the trade for Lin.

5. Greg Monroe Could Have Been a Great Addition in the Front Court

Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons
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5. Greg Monroe Could Have Been a Great Addition in the Front Court

Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons
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A skilled offensive big with room to improve, Monroe can add legitimate size and depth to any team. With most teams already set going into next season, the list of bidders for Monroe’s services has decreased significantly. The Lakers could only offer a smaller contract at this point, something the Detroit Pistons would most likely match.
The outcome of this impasse will potentially be Monroe signing a one-year arbitration deal with Detroit.

4. Once a Valuable Rotation Player, Jordan Hill Now Receives His Chance to Lead

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4. Once a Valuable Rotation Player, Jordan Hill Now Receives His Chance to Lead

Jordan Hill Los Angeles Lakers
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A former lottery pick, Jordan Hill found himself as a perennial role player for his NBA career. Instead of accepting this, he embraced the challenge and became the most consistent and productive player on last year's team. He earned a contract which will pay him million annually, with a team option opt-out clause for next summer, which the Lakers could exercise if they offered a max-level contract to the likes of Kevin Love or another star.

3. Isaiah Thomas Was Available, But the Phoenix Suns Acted First

Isaiah Thomas Phoenix Suns
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3. Isaiah Thomas Was Available, But the Phoenix Suns Acted First

Isaiah Thomas Phoenix Suns
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Despite being 5’9, Isaiah Thomas is one of the most skilled offensive point guards in the NBA, and in today’s league, that is saying something. Despite putting up excellent numbers with the Sacramento Kings, Thomas was not re-signed or pursued nearly as much as he should have been. He inked a four-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, to be their second or even third point guard, creating an interesting, yet positive dilemma for the team.

2. Swaggy P Stays In Los Angeles at a Good Price, in a Familiar Role

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2. Swaggy P Stays In Los Angeles at a Good Price, in a Familiar Role

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Very well liked in Los Angeles, Nick Young was brought back to be the Lakers' perennial sixth man and a key crunch-time offensive contributor. Young is capable of creating his own shot in any situation, something the Los Angeles Clippers and reigning Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford have established the past two seasons. A fair contract for both sides, Young can carve out a nice niche with the Lakers for an extended time to come.

1. Lance Stephenson Wanted to Leave Indiana, But the Lakers Did Not Prioritize His Services

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1. Lance Stephenson Wanted to Leave Indiana, But the Lakers Did Not Prioritize His Services

Lance Stephenson Charlotte Hornets
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Lance Stephenson created a stir last season when he attempted to go toe-to-toe with Lebron James and the Miami Heat. His words and actions only ignited the Heat, and his antics were not well received, even by the Indiana Pacers and its loyal fan base. Initially, Stephenson appeared to be staying with the Pacers, but he wanted an opportunity to lead a team, and the Charlotte Hornets offered him that chance with a valuable contract.


Zach Fetaru is a Los Angeles Lakers blog writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @fanforlife1988 ”like him” on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.