Who Should We Blame for LA Lakers’ Underwhelming Offseason So Far?

The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t done much to upgrade the team this offseason, and we can only point the finger in one direction to determine the source of L.A.’s slow free-agency dance.

While a club like the Orlando Magic added a quality talent like Channing Frye, the Lakers have literally done nothing in terms of player acquisition. Actually, the Lakers are watching other teams fetch guys who played for the Purple and Gold last season, while L.A. barely has anyone signed for the 2014-15 campaign.

Chris Kaman, who played for the Lakers last season, has agreed in principle to join the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jordan Farmar reached a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He also played with the Purple and Gold during the 2013-14 campaign.

At least Pau Gasol hasn’t been scooped up…yet. He’s attracting interest from the Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

If we’re being frank, the Lakers are losing this summer. They haven’t convinced anyone to take their free-agent money, and they still don’t have a freaking head coach.

I’m told teams typically need those to prepare game plans, figure out the rotations and what have you.

To be fair, the Lakers did meet with Carmelo Anthony and made quite a pitch. The sense is that management did just enough to get him thinking about leaving the New York Knicks in favor of L.A.’s bright lights.

But ask yourself this: Would Anthony be more inclined to join the Lakers if the franchise already had a series of moves lined up to make L.A. a title contender next year?

If your answer is yes (I know mine is), then someone has to be at fault here for the Lakers’ inability to field an attractive team.


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