Power Ranking: Lakers Top 5 Targets for 2014

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November 16, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former pro basketball player “Julius Dr. J” Irving sits next to Los Angeles Lakers Mitch Kupchak during the ceremony unveiling the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Much has been made about the Lakers’ plans for their summer of 2014. With almost $50 million dollars in expected cap space and a reputation for winning, many fans and media alike think the Lakers will have their pick of premier players. And if there’s ever a summer to have the ability to pick and choose their free agents, 2014 would be the one.

 

The Lakers have their eyes focused on the big talent, but who exactly should the Lakers be focused on? With the outside possibility of having enough flexibility to offer three max contracts (depending on how much money Bryant will agree upon in his contract extension), the Lakers could hit a home run next summer, but could just as easily strike out. While a lot of the predictions for next summer involve a certain level of suspended belief, let’s take a look at who the Lakers likely target, and how realistic the odds are of them donning the purple and gold in 2014-15.

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Tags: 2014 Carmelo Anthony Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Featured Free Agent Lebron James Los Angeles Lakers Luol Deng NBA Paul George Popular Rudy Gay Top 5 Zach Randolph

  • Pimptastic

    Would take Gay over Deng and Bosh and possibly even Carmello as I’m not sure how a Kobe/Carmello dynamic could work for a full season. I think that Gay could put up similar numbers ON THIS TEAM without the ‘Alpha Dog’ mentality that Anthony would, very likely, bring with him.

  • Jim213

    It’s more likely to observe Melo as a Laker than LJ given the friendship. However, Bosh hasn’t earned max pay given his play with the Heat though he’ll likely obtain it. IMO, the Lakers should focus on acquiring one of the top 2 players on the list and either trade for a future PG or wait until 2015 FA given some of the potential suitors.