The team met twice with forward
The Lakers chose not to acquire a big man in the draft, bypassing Duke center Jahlil Okafor in favor of guard D'Angelo Russell. And with Russell joining Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, the team didn't have a pressing need to chase players like Rajon Rondo (to Sacramento Kings), Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic (Miami Heat), or Monta Ellis (to Indiana Pacers).
The Lakers' return centers
After last season's 21-61 debacle, the franchise has improved in the draft, but so far free agency has been a washout. To make matters worse, unless the Lakers finish with a top-three pick in the 2016 NBA draft, they'll owe their selection to the Philadelphia 76ers to conclude the ill-fated
The Lakers have up to $22 million in cap room but so far no one to spend it on.
The team can look to bring back its own free agents, like
Perhaps the best free agent left is Grizzlies reserve
If Sanders has worked through his personal issues, the 26-year-old, 6-foot-11 center has been one of the better defenders at his position in the NBA over recent years.
McGee, Sanders and Koufos are likely on the
The Lakers will also audition undrafted center Robert Upshaw on its summer-league squad in Las Vegas. Upshaw has impact size and talent defensively but was kicked off of two NCAA teams (Washington and Fresno State) for violating team rules.
A solution to the Lakers' problem could be Indiana Pacers center
The Clippers hold out a small hope that the Mavericks will participate in a sign-and-trade agreement with Jordan in a multi-team trade with the Pacers to land Hibbert -- but why exactly would Dallas want to help the Clippers fill a massive hole at the five?
Hibbert is currently salaried at $15.5 million but would receive a 15% bonus if traded, pushing his salary up to $17.8 million. The Pacers would be on the hook for the additional $2.3 million, but the acquiring team would need to account for the larger salary number in trade.
The Lakers have enough cap space to absorb the 7-foot-2 center who has fallen out of favor with the Pacers but is a former All-Star and a capable rim protector.
The Golden State Warriors are also said to be looking for a new home for forward/center
The Milwaukee Bucks are believed to have
The likelihood of the Lakers acquiring Sacramento Kings forward/center
The summer may be salvageable for the Lakers, but the start has been dismal and the path ahead unclear.
Perhaps General Manager
More than anything, the team needs to prove adept at talent evaluation. It desperately needs its kids -- like Russell, Randle and Clarkson, along with