Under-the-Radar Free-Agent Bargains Los Angeles Lakers Must Consider

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for more than the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA draft to find success during the 2014-15 season. They could find a valuable piece in Kentucky's Julius Randle or Indiana University's Noah Vonleh, but free agency will be paramount to building a contender in Los Angeles.

A variety of free agents will be up for grabs during the 2014 offseason, but only a few will make a difference next season. The Lakers will rely upon an aging backcourt, but extra pieces will determine whether or not their team will succeed.

Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak has to be open to all options if the Lakers intend to succeed during the 2014-15 season.


Andrew Bynum, C, Unrestricted

Quite frankly, there’s a long list of reasons why NBA teams should have zero interest in signing Andrew Bynum.

The embattled center missed the entirety of his first and only campaign with the Philadelphia 76ers (2012-13) due to season-ending knee surgeries. Following the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade, Bynum admitted to experiencing a setback on his injured knee while bowling.

He was then signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers the following offseason and lasted only a matter of months before reportedly sabotaging team practices. As Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski wrote, “Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices.” Wojnarowski added that the injury-prone 7-footer would jack up shots whenever he touched the ball—regardless of where he was on the court.

From there he was traded to the Chicago Bulls, who immediately waived him. Bynum then was picked up for a brief stint by the Indiana Pacers, a move reportedly rattled Roy Hibbert’s psyche, possibly causing his prolonged slump, per NBA.com&r...

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