The Los Angeles Lakers will have enough salary cap room (barring an oddity) to sign a maximum free agent this offseason.
If LeBron James happens to opt-out of his contract with the Miami Heat, the Lakers will come calling according to Kevin Ding. However, if James decides to remain with Miami, it’s doubtful the Lakers will invest in any other top tier free agent this offseason.
If James isn’t available to them this offseason, the Lakers have their doubts that they want to invest in anyone. It’s more likely that they piece the team together around Bryant again on short deals for next season—probably picking Nick Young, perhaps Jodie Meeks, to give a raise and keep—and make their big move with the best free agent they can get in 2015.
Ding goes on to suggest that the Lakers cleared their cap space in 2007 for James and are doing so again in effort to be ready if James does decide to depart Miami.
It’s a similar sentiment shared by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak who recently suggested it would not be out of the question for the Lakers to hold onto their cap space this offseason.