Lakers News: Latest Talk on L.A.’s Future Plans and More

Despite the long history of offseason successes in Los Angeles, the Lakers are having one of the worst summers in the franchise's existence.

Superstar center Dwight Howard took his talents to Houston, Metta World Peace was cut free via amnesty and Kobe Bryant is rehabilitating his injured Achilles, leaving little hope for the aging squad to win a title next season.

For these reasons and more, many fans have been entertaining the possibility of the Purple and Gold tanking. By floundering to a disastrous record, the Lakers will obtain a top pick in the loaded 2014 draft and likely score a player to build around in the future.

There’s also the impending 2014 free agency class, which is absolutely laden with talent and includes LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and much more.

Let’s take a look at the front office’s current plans to address that situation and more in Tuesday's Laker roundup.


Rambis, Davis Added to Staff

Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis, two stalwart figures in NBA circles, have joined head coach Mike D’Antoni’s staff in L.A.

According to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin, Rambis and Davis were added as assistants on Monday and will provide some stability to a team that lacked just that a season ago.

Rambis has eight rings split between his time as a player, assistant and executive in the organization and understands the culture surrounding the Lakers. He will be invaluable as a liaison between ownership, front office staff, coaches and players.

The former big man is also a proven coach, as he held the title of lead assistant under Phil Jackson from 2001-04 and 2005-09 before becoming head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Davis is a former head coach as well, having helmed the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers for short stints and spending over two decades as ...

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