Kyrie Irving is a Cleveland Cavalier. (Eric P. Mull - US PRESSWIRE)
Lost in a mad panic two weeks ago after Dwight Howard bolted from the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, the Lakers team, according to Lakersnation.com, were already targeting several free agents for a quick rebuild. After trading two first round picks to the Cavaliers, essentially for Ramon Sessions, the Lakers are on track to attempt the “Miami route” to championships by acquiring maximum contract free agents and building an instant contender.
Kyrie Irving's free agency, still years away, is already being discussed.
BEWARE OF THE NEXT FREE AGENCY SUPERTEAM ATTEMPT: The Los Angeles Lakers
Unlike many other teams, the Lakers are well positioned regarding salary cap space after the massive contracts of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant expire next summer. The Lakers are also well funded, becoming the beneficiaries of a 20 year $3.6 billion contract with Time Warner Cable last season.
This massive influx of income could potentially allow the Laker franchise to operate at a large profit - even with a giant payroll - despite the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement expansive and restrictive new luxury tax system. The Lakers will be able to absorb luxury taxes that really no other team could even consider. They could be the last and only franchise that could economically afford to create and maintain a superteam.
According to that website, sources in the Lakers organization indicate that they are targeting 2014 free agents already, including the Heat's Lebron James and New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. Also, sources state that the team is looking towards the 2015 free agency and has taken interest in Minnesota's Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers own All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
SOMETIMES IT'S JUST PLAIN ANNOYING
Remember these kind of photoshopped pictures?
You're a franchise player in a city like Cleveland and the national media is begging you to play into it, go on a free agency tour, put out propective free agent destination shoe colorways, talk about how your favorite NBA cities are not the team you are on. You can play into it, build some hype maybe help your brand exposure, or you can work on making the team you are on better. It's a lot to ask a guy who is 21 to understand that kind of responsibility, but measuring whether he can handle it is part of the choice of who you draft. You can't build a team with questions looming about whether the best player on the team is going to leave.