Not surprisingly, our last call for Q's produced a lot of inquiries similar to the pair below:
From @callen1908: @KamBrothers is there a legitimate chance that the lakers' amnesty provision will be used on kobe? Does MWP have a player or team option?
From Nathan Mark, via Facebook: Who are the realistic players the lakers may get rid of this offseason, and who might they add? Thanks!
Honestly, I haven't looked much at free agent rolls, mostly because the Lakers have so little flexibility much of the market is determined for them (i.e., they get scraps, vets willing to play cheap, or players left without a chair when the music stops). I'll punt on that one for a little longer, at least.
Discussing which guys go? No time like the present.
FREE AGENTS, QUASI OR OTHERWISE
(Note: I'm not including Dwight Howard, here, because he's a category unto himself. The Lakers want him back, it's just a question of whether Howard wants to return. Along those lines, ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin has some news regarding Howard's relationship with Mike D'Antoni. As for the other guys…)
Chris Duhon: Technically not a free agent, but can — and will — be bought out for about one-third of his $3.75 million salary for next year.
Jodie Meeks: The Lakers hold a $1.55 million option, and despite a late season swoon from downtown (32.6 percent from 3 after the All-Star break) and cringe-inducing forays into the paint, Meeks will almost certainly return. He's cheap, fills a position of need, and works hard on both ends.
Devin Ebanks: (huh-he-huh-huh-huh…)
Darius Morris: Has a $1.2 million qualifying offer. For all his myriad problems organizing an offense (admittedly a big part of a point guard's job), Morris is still very young (22), very long (6'4″), and has a great work ethic. He's the type of commodity (i.e. young, reasonably athletic, and cheap) the Lakers ought to keep, absent better options.Likely back.
Antawn Jamison: Never meshed with Mike D'Antoni, and would prefer to play closer to his kids in North Carolina. Or, failing that, for more money than the Lakers can give. Or, failing that, for the veteran's minimum on a team with a better shot at a title.
Andrew Goudelock: Inexpensive alcohol withdrawal
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floor spacer who can penetrate. Deficient defensively, but has a skill set the Lakers need off the bench. One assistant told me that had D'Antoni been the coach in training camp, Goudelock never would have been cut to begin with.
Robert Sacre: The Lakers won't find a better, younger, cheaper, more serviceable third center.
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