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Lakers keep playing the free-agent market with a sense of urgency
Lakers keep playing the free-agent market with a sense of urgency

Patience doesn't come easy for the Lakers. First-round playoff knockouts lead to Kobe Bryant trade-me rants. Horribly one-sided NBA Finals losses segue into the dispersal of Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson, two of the best ever in their craft. Fifty-five loss seasons lead to what, exactly? The Lakers are gamely diving into the free-agent market as if the future of their franchise depends on it, which it might. After pitching to Carmelo Anthony on Thursday in Los Angeles, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak stealthily jumped on a private jet and flew to Cleveland to meet with LeBron James' agent on Friday. Kupchak took with him an increasingly important person in...

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