Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Kobe Bryant and Possible Free-Agent Targets

With just a few months remaining in the NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers are closer to the doldrums of the Western Conference than a playoff spot.

It's a tough time in Lakerland, but there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the offseason move the team might be lining itself up for when the season finally concludes.

The Lakers might not be able to lock up a huge free agent like Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James over the summer and could very well be looking to the 2015 offseason to sign a big-name player. But with a number of consistent players that could be on the market, Los Angeles might come away with a few that will help in the future.

Along with planning for the offseason, the Lakers also have to consider what they will do with Kobe Bryant for the remainder of the season.

Here is a look at the most recent rumors about free agency and Bryant's return.


Kobe Bryant On the Shelf for Remainder of Season?

While Bryant might not be a huge fan of the idea, it is becoming an all-too-real fact that the Lakers would be better off just shutting down the superstar for the rest of the year.

Dave McMenamin of reported this week that Bryant be out for a minimum of three more weeks than previously thought:

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo on Friday, and it was determined the 18-year veteran will be sidelined another three weeks before being re-evaluated because of continued pain, swelling and soreness in his injured left knee.

[...] Missing three more weeks before another evaluation brings the calendar to March 14, at which point there will be only 17 games left in the regular season for the Lakers. And even if Bryant is cleared for contact drills at that point, he would assuredly need some additional practice time before he could make a return.

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