Ideal Targets to Pair with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol for Lakers in 2014 Offseason

August 16th, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol won't be around forever. But with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sounding optimistic about both veterans sticking with the team for the foreseeable future, now seems like a good time to examine the options on the 2014 free-agent market that would pair best with L.A.'s incumbent stars.

Per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:

When asked if Bryant could still be a Laker in three years, Kupchak said, "If he can play at a high level, I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be."

"There really has been no discussions beyond next year for obvious reasons," Kupchak said. "You have a player who is up in age and just had a devastating injury. Obviously, we created an environment with our team where were looking to have financial flexibility a year from now, so that plays into it."

Kupchak also left the door open for forward Pau Gasol to stay with the Lakers beyond the end of his contract, which also expires this year.

"We're in a cycle," Kupchak said. "We're hopeful that within a year from now, we'll have enough flexibility. We're hopeful that P ...

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