What the LA Lakers’ Dream Future Looks Like

The situation appears dire at the moment for the Los Angeles Lakers, but with some wheeling and dealing, the franchise could potentially contend for a title by the time 2016 rolls around.

The Purple and Gold currently reside at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and one struggles to project what the roster will look like in the next few seasons. The Lakers have roughly $26 million in projected cap space this summer provided they renounce all of their free agents.

With flawless execution and perhaps a bit of luck, Los Angeles could secure a couple of top players. Granted, this is not a blueprint, but rather the best-case scenario of what the Lakers could pull off.


In the Name of Love

The Lakers will have to pull out all the stops necessary to get Kevin Love in a Lakers uniform when he eventually becomes a free agent.

From the moment Love signed his four-year contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012, rumors began swirling that Love would depart the moment his deal was up.

Love felt underappreciated because the organization refused to give him a five-year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the details:

Love doesn't want to sound 'bitter over it,' he says, because he understands that no one wants to hear him unhappy over a four-year, $62 million contract. In so many ways, the contract is beyond his wildest dreams. Yet the five-year, $80 million maximum designation the franchise could have given him represented the commitment he wanted to make to Minnesota, the way with which a first-team All-NBA player and Olympian should stand shoulder to shoulder with a city, an organization.

Love's disdain for the Timberwolves' office appears to be pushing him toward the Lakers, according to ESPN Insider Chris Broussard (subscription required): "As for the Kevin Love-to-New York rumors, most executives believe...

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