The summer of 2014 holds very little certainty. Only four players on the current roster even have contracts that extend into next season, Steve Nash, Nick Young, Robert Sacre, and Elias Harris, and even those guys aren’t safe. We know the Lakers plan on luring in some big name free agents, but there won’t be complete turnover of the roster. With a load of team friendly and discounted contracts from this year’s crop of free agents, how likely is it that they return after one season?
Kobe Bryant will certainly be back, but who will join him on the Lakers in 2014-15? Will Pau Gasol come back at a discounted price? Will Steve Nash be traded this season? Would Nick Young pick up his player option to stay another year at such a discounted price? Let’s take a look at who is most likely to return for the purple and gold next year.