With the Lakers past the draft, the attention turned to free agency, starting with forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
Former Clippers center DeAndre Jordan went with the Dallas Mavericks over both local teams.
The Lakers also lost their own free agent Ed Davis, who took a three-year offer from the Trail Blazers.
While the Lakers looked to be in denial concerning their shrinking status in NBA, the team did finally secure a center, in an agreement with the Indiana Pacers to trade for
Working quickly, the Lakers also struck an agreement with Lou Williams, the NBA's current sixth man of the year.
The team also came to terms with free agent forward Brandon Bass, although the final salary structure may depend on the Lakers trading away additional players.
Julius Randle and Russell will headline the Lakers' summer league squad in Las Vegas, starting July 10.