The Los Angeles Lakers entered the offseason hoping to make a big splash but were unable to land their top target, New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony. Instead, they opted to re-sign a two of their own free agents in big man Jordan Hill and swingman Nick Young, traded for point guard Jeremy Lin, won the amnesty waiver claim for power forward Carlos Boozer and signed free agent big man Ed Davis.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors does not expect the Lakers to make postseason.
Sorry, Kobe, that’s just not a very good roster. Even if you have a vintage season, there’s not much chance you’re dragging a starting lineup of you, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Carlos Boozer and … Ed Davis? Jordan Hill? Robert Sacre? an undersized Julius Randle? … into the playoffs.
Although the Lakers will get Bryant back, it is hard to see them being much better after losing big man Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers, guard Kent Bazemore to the Atlanta Hawks and swginamn Jodie Meeks to the Detroit Pistons. There’s a decent chance they may field a better team but the Phoenix Suns missed the postseason with a 48-34 record last year and other teams, like the New Orleans Pelicans, who were also hit hard by injuries, should be improved as well.
It should be another long season for the Lakers but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They owe their 2015 first round pick to the Phoenix Suns but it is top-five protected. They also own the Houston Rockets’ top-14 protected 2015 pick from the Lin deal.
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