LA Lakers Status: Inactive
After three days of free agency the Lakers have done, well nothing. After drafting D’Angelo Russell spirits were the highest they’ve been in years for the storied franchise, and the fans rode that wave of optimism into free agency. Yes there is still time to sign players this summer but names and millions of dollars are being thrown about, with none of them attached to the Los Angeles Lakers. After last year’s complete strike out on top billed free agents the organization told its fans they had learned their lesson, but recent history is repeating itself. So far this summer the Lakers have met with long shot free agent LaMarcus Aldridge twice and long shot free agent DeAndre Jordan, besides those two not much has come out of the Los Angeles front office. In fact not much of anything has come out, no plans, no expectations, nothing to placate a fan base that is slashing the names of available players by the hour. The worst of it is when the front office’s inactivity directly leads to free agents leaving, as was the case with PF/C Ed Davis so agreed to a three-year, $2o million deal with the Trailblazers. Davis stated “I didn’t really want to wait around”. You can’t blame Davis, before last year he had one foot out of the door and now he’s being offered three years of security at six times his last paycheck. He expressed a mutual interest in returning to LA but when his phone didn’t ring as soon as he thought it would why wouldn’t he sign up for such a good offer?
The LA fans are willing to accept a rebuild, but the front office has not suggested one way or another what the short-term and long-term plans are for the team. That’s why some fans are panicking. Los Angeles doesn’t need triple A talent, they need assets. Decent players on good contracts, that can be developed to fit the team or traded for something better. Next season will see the salary cap go up, with every team having salary for another max contract free agent. What will make the Lakers stand out when the rest of the league can offer the same salary with more complete and competitive rosters? At the pace the front office is going LA fans should expect another rag-tag crew of unproven rookies, and one year rentals who see LA as a stage they can sell their skills for the following years contract.
Michael Gomez covers the LA Lakers for MFST, you can follow the site on Twitter @MyFntsySprtsTlkhttps://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/la-lakers-status-inactive/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/a14.jpg?fit=620%2C350&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/a14.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1BasketballLA LakersNBAPacific Division#freeagency2015,L.A. Lakers,NBA,NBA free agencyAfter three days of free agency the Lakers have done, well nothing. After drafting D'Angelo Russell spirits were the highest they've been in years for the storied franchise, and the fans rode that wave of optimism into free agency. Yes there is still time to sign players this summer...Michael GomezMichael Gomezmichaelgom3@gmail.comEditorMichael Gomez grew up on a healthy diet of sports and video games and has continued to enjoy both throughout his life. A student of California State University Channel Islands, Michael is majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Naturally the combined interests in writing and sports lead to his involvement in sports media. When he's not meticulously following the NBA season, he's working on his fiction story, playing video games or enjoying a bite to eat. Follow him on twitter @MichaelGom3MyFantasySportsTalk