5 Burning Questions LA Lakers Must Answer This Offseason

The headline is somewhat misleading. For Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, the only burning question is what to do about that acid reflux he must surely be experiencing.

The problems the Lakers are facing are not burning, they're incendiary.

The Lakers' three biggest contracts, totalling almost $60 million (per Spotrac), are for Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash—all players who are either injured or coming off injury.

Assuming Metta World Peace picks up his $7.7 million player option—and why wouldn't he?—the Lakers will be paying roughly $68 million to four men who, even if they return healthy, all face declining skills and advancing age.

Their franchise-player-in-waiting, Dwight Howard, had a disappointing season and is not guaranteed to return.

Whom to pursue? Whom to keep? Whom to wait for? What to do?

This offseason, Lakers general manager Kupchak has to play the biggest game of chicken the NBA has seen in a while—maybe ever.

Let's have a look at his options, which are both limited and monumentally challenging.

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