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DeMar DeRozan

The Lakers have the bucks, but they're more like the Bucks

The Lakers have the bucks, but they're more like the Bucks

The hope and anticipation that was inspired by the start of the free-agency period has already vanished, the last 24 hours serving as a sobering reality check for Lakers fans.

The idea the Lakers could transform themselves into contenders overnight?

Sorry, no.

The theory their status as a destination franchise for star players could be restored by Kobe Bryant’s retirement?

No again.

The possibility a top free agent might overlook an inexperienced roster for the chance to play in Los Angeles?

Picture a Dikembe Mutombo finger wag.

The Lakers are nothing more than another rebuilding team at this point, their history and championships not...

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