Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Steve Nash and Lance Stephenson

The Los Angeles Lakers are supposed to attract the biggest and brightest stars in the NBA. To some, this is the natural order of things. So far, the 2014 NBA free-agency period has brought little in the way of star power to Tinseltown.

LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly going to re-sign with the New York Knicks, via The New York Times' Scott Cacciola. Even Pau Gasol, who's won two championships in Los Angeles, is reportedly headed to Chicago, per his Twitter account:

According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the Lakers might have no part in that last deal, as the Bulls are reportedly working on a straight signing of Gasol:

The Bulls are working to finalize a deal that would land them the free agent forward, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was still being discussed. While a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers had been discussed, the person said it would be a straight signing.

Should the Bulls complete that deal, the Lakers are left to flesh out the roster with bit players and hope that Kobe Bryant's Achilles tendon holds up for another grueling NBA season. At least, that's how things might shake out, according to the latest rumors surrounding the purple and gold.


Lakers Are Not Seriously Interested in Lance Stephenson

So the Lakers need star power. Surely they will go after a hard-nosed player like Lance Stephenson with Anthony and James no longer being options, right?

According to a source for Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, the Lakers haven't shown strong interest in Stephenson:

According to the source, the remaining serious suitors for Stephenson are expected to be Charlotte, Dallas—if and when the Rockets match the Mavs’ offer sheet for Cha...

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