Now that Kobe Bryant has ended his lustrous career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team will have to fill that huge hole that Bryant left behind and they need to be back in shape for the 201617 season.
With the Lakers holding the second overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association Draft and hiring Luke Walton as their head coach, it seems that they are on a road for a better season next year. Walton did a good job leading the Golden State Warriors earlier in the season when former Chicago Bulls player Steve Kerr took some time off due to health concerns. There are also reports circulating that the team is open for trading the said pick in exchange for a big name.
The name that has been circulating lately is Philadelphia 76ers forward Jahlil Okafor. The All-Rookie first team member had a debut season of 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 50.8 percent shooting per game.
DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is another player who could be signing for the Lakers. DeRozan grew up in Los Angeles but played with the Raptors all throughout his career; he will be a free agent come July 1. However, he ended all rumors that have been buzzing about when he was asked if he can find a better situation other than Toronto.
“I don’t think so,” he said, adding “My mindset has always been Toronto. I’ve always preached it.”
Next on the list is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is one of the perfect men for the job of bringing the Lakers back in its fighting form. He might ask for a higher paycheck, but the Lakers can very well manage that.
Of course, there are lot of other possible names at play including Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, Solomon Hill of Indiana Pacers, Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.