Lakers News: Details on Free-Agent Outlook, Kobe Bryant’s Future and More

The Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to complete as much of their rebuilding process as possible while still in the Kobe Bryant era. It's a tricky situation to navigate given the team legend's large contract and desire to win, but some positive strides have been made.

Adding D'Angelo Russell gives the team three solid building blocks for the future along with Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Now the question is how active the team will be in free agency and the trade market this summer to further upgrade the roster.

Let's examine the front office's expectations for the rest of the offseason along with some other news and notes surrounding the Lake Show.


Focused on Frontcourt Upgrades

As things stand now, the Lakers have Bryant, Russell, Clarkson and Nick Young on the roster. It points toward a lot of three-guard looks next season. The frontcourt features far less depth, and thus it's no surprise that that's the main target after passing on the available centers for the Ohio State star in the draft.

Los Angeles has little to get excited about on the interior outside of Randle, and he'll likely be brought along at a moderate pace after his injury. In turn, general manager Mitch Kupchak has his sights set on stabilizing that situation, as noted by Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.

"We'd look to focus on the frontcourt," Kupchak said. "We're going to do the best we can. We're always optimistic going in. It's always a challenge. There's 29 other teams. A lot of them don't have cap room. Many of them do. But the home teams have a huge advantage with giving the extra year, especially when you're talking about max factors. Those are all factors. But we're always optimistic. We're always well organized. We feel we have a great product, great city and great legacy to sell."

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