Brandon Bass the Perfect Fit for Rebuilding Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers whiffed on their top free-agency targets. Now, they're remedying the situation by finding whittled role players.

Next up, Brandon Bass. From Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Here's the interesting part, though. As's David Aldridge points out, we still don't know Bass' salary:

It's impractical to evaluate a signing without knowing the financial aspects, but it is possible to speculate about role or fit. And for L.A., Bass makes sense as long as the team does some roster mending.

Bass will be the Lakers' fourth power forward, joining Julius Randle, Ryan Kelly and Larry Nance. That means we're probably going to see one of those guys get moved before the season begins. Could any of them be included in a Nick Young salary dump, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported was a possibility after the Lakers signed Lou Williams on Sunday, per RealGM's Shams Charania?

Speculatively, that guy is probably Kelly. The Lakers just drafted Nance and obviously appraise Randle, their 2014 first-rounder, as a more expensive commodity than a stretch 4 who has value but is clearly less talented.

Of course, a player like Bass doesn't have much on-court value on a team bound for the lottery, and make no mistake about it: That's exactly where the Lakers are going in the tough-as-ever Western Conference. But laying an actual foundation is essential for a squad under reconstruction.

People made jokes about the series of meetings LaMarcus Aldridge had with the Lakers for a reason. It seemed ridiculous that a team with the history and success of the Lakers could sit down with a big-time free agent to talk shop without actually getting to basketball. But that's what happened, as Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Lakers pitched him on flash, and he wasn't enthused, to the degree that L.A. had to beg for a seco...

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