5 2014 Free Agents Who Are Ideal Fits Alongside Dwight Howard

The summer of LeBron James, Take Two.

Though July 2014 seems like a lifetime away, I seem to remember James and buddies Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade staging a coup at the 2008 Olympics two years before it actually happened.

Case in point: it's never too early to look ahead.

Which according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, is exactly what the Lakers are doing, specifically with regards to LeBron.

As I've laid out previously, Los Angeles will have roughly $28.3 million in cap to burn through by then, ensuring it has the means to begin the potentially Kobe Bryant-less, Dwight Howard era with a bang—no matter what James decides to do.

But who is an ideal fit to play alongside Howard and Steve Nash? Who stands to help the Lakers the most in Bryant's stead? Who must the team target two years from now to resolidify their status as a championship contender?

Because while the possibilities are endless financially, the Lakers must restrict their options to who will suit their drastically altered dynamic best.

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