What Are LA Lakers Looking for with Final Offseason Moves?

Most NBA teams are settling in after an offseason of change or inaction, introducing new faces, welcoming back old ones, giving little or no thought to forthcoming additions and subtractions.

The Los Angeles Lakers are not most teams.

Blockbuster trades—like that of Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers—are typically the only moves that matter this late into the offseason. August is the month interesting, non-forced NBA storylines go to die. Free-agency signings no longer matter. The ones that do went down weeks ago.

Rare is the team that qualifies as an exception. This year's Lakers are one of the few.

Whatever moves they make—even if inconsequential by classical measure—are relevant because, well, they're the Lakers; but also because they're a team searching for identity and direction after years of having both. And they're still searching, even now, amid the dog days of summer, sifting through the dregs free agency has left behind, per Sam Amick of USA Today: 

After missing out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in July, the Lakers held a free agent workout Tuesday in Los Angeles. The workout included forward Michael Beasley; big men Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel Orton; and guards Bobby Brown, Toney Douglas, Ben Hansbrough and Malcolm Lee, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

Beasley, the enigmatic 25-year-old who wasn't able to make the most of his return to the Miami Heat last season, was working out for the the Lakers for a second time.

None of the above options are transformative names capable of reversing Los Angeles' current makeshift course. The Lakers are no different than any other team there. Signings this late in the summer won't change much. They're mostly ancillary. 

Still, for the Lakers, they are not completely insignificant. 

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