Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers closed out a miserable season on a high note as Kobe Bryant capped his extraordinary career with a 60-point night. Not only was his performance against the Utah Jazz remarkable, but the Lakers also defeated the Western Conference foe 101-96, which brought their final record to 17-65.

It was a historic night in the team’s historically bad season.

And now it’s time to look ahead to L.A.’s top offseason priorities.

There will be a top-three draft pick to choose, should the Lakers survive the bouncing lottery balls. The team also has boatloads of cash to spend in free agency.

And then there’s the question of what to do about Byron Scott, a stubborn old-school head coach whose 38-126 record during his two-year tenure doesn’t serve as any kind of guiding light for a better tomorrow.


5. Continue Developing Young Players

Just because the season is over doesn’t mean the young Lakers can chill for the summer.

By and large, the team's key first- and second-year players continue to show progress, including Julius Randle’s aptitude for snagging boards.

But there is plenty of room for improvement. In particular, D’Angelo Russell has a lot of growing yet to do. The No. 2 draft pick had an inconsistent rookie season, being shuffled in and out of the starting lineup and trying to find his way in Scott’s Princeton-based offense.

There’s also the question of off-court maturity and judgement, as evidenced in his unintended video outing of teammate Nick Young’s indiscretions.

During his team exit interview, per Mike Trudell of, Russell said he “needs to get in the weight room this summer,” and that he also wants to work on his post game.

It’s not just Russell, of course. Randle must continue develop...

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