The Los Angeles Lakers had big plans for the offseason.
They landed a meeting with Carmelo Anthony and the agent for LeBron James but obviously didn’t land either player. They decided to go in a different direction, trading for Jeremy Lin, winning the waiver claim for Carlos Boozer, signing Ed Davis and re-signing both Nick Young and Jordan Hill, among others. They’ll likely be looking forward to the free agency class of 2016, which could include Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Joakim Noah, among many others.
On Wednesday, a report surfaced the Lakers brought in Michael Beasley for a second workout and according to Sam Amick of The USA Today, they also visited with Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, Daniel Orton, Bobby Brown, Toney Douglas, Ben Hansbrough and Malcolm Lee.
The Lakers currently have 13 players, meaning there are two roster spots available on this Kobe Bryant-led group that general manager Mitch Kupchak has said is capable of making the playoffs. That goal is a long shot, to be sure, but shoring up their small forward spot would help…
…The Lakers only gave out one long-term deal after missing out on their targeted stars, as guard Nick Young was given a four-year, $21.5 million contract. Center Jordan Hill re-upped for two years and a combined $18 million, forward Ryan Kelly was given a two-year, $3.3 million deal, while Johnson and Henry were given one-year deals.
Obviously it’s too late to add a player who can make a big impact but they may be able to find a player who fill in for injured veterans or potentially even get into the rotation.
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