Report Card Grades for LA Lakers 2016 Free-Agent Signings

The Los Angeles Lakers had a boatload of loot to spend entering NBA free agency, but no cream-of-the-crop star players stepped up to take that money.

Nonetheless, the Los Angeles front office didn’t waste time acting like wallflowers. They handed out sizable salaries to veterans who will complement a mostly young roster.

While experienced players were added at positions of need, there are questions about fit—especially considering the anticipated open-court style under new head coach Luke Walton. However, L.A. hasn’t used up all of its resources yet, and it’s possible that more moves could occur before training camp. The Lakers also dipped freely into the piggy bank to re-sign key restricted free agents.

We won’t know how the mixture of old and new meshes until the 2016-17 season begins, but L.A. did itself no major harm, even if the premiums paid were often high.

It is also quite possible that this evolving Lakers team will show enough improvement to attract elite free agents next summer.

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