5 Moves LA Lakers Must Make Between Now and Start of Next Season

The Los Angeles Lakers are poised to miss the playoffs for just the fifth time since the organization moved from Minneapolis for the 1960-61 season. As the storied franchise faces rare adversity, the front office needs to make savvy moves between now and 2014-15 to revert the team toward winning ways.

Obviously the turnaround in Lakerland will start with the 2014 NBA draft. Every team wants to compete for a championship, but losing enough games to “earn” a high draft pick isn’t a bad consolation prize.

LA may even land a top-five pick that could yield a franchise-changing star, which they’ll need a couple years down the road when Kobe Bryant decides to call it a career.

The Lakers face plenty of questions as only three players—Bryant, Nash and Robert Sacre—have guaranteed contracts for next season, per ShamSports.

Management will have to draft well and fill out a 12-man roster while keeping Bryant happy. That won’t be an easy task.

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