The Los Angeles Lakers came into free agency with big dreams, but behind those big dreams was a pragmatism on what to do if those dreams did not happen. The Lakers were players in the Carmelo Anthony drama, going so far as trying to use Anthony’s wife to lobby in their favor. LeBron James probably never considered the Lakers, and in the aftermath of his return to Cleveland, the Lakers were left with a fair amount of money and no real target to use it on. They made an attempt to resign Pau Gasol, but he left for greener pastures in Chicago.
The Lakers quietly resigned Jordan Hill and Nick Young and then began work on phase two of the next dream, having the flexibility to bring in major help for Kobe Bryant next summer. Their first step was to take advantage of the Houston Rockets to get a first round pick along with Jeremy Lin’s enormous contract for next year. Lin will make $15 million this year, but he will come off the books before next summer’s free agency period. Even if Lin works out in LA, there’s no way he will command that figure again.
The other step is to bring in role players to put around Kobe for this season, which brings us once again to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and his twitter feed. Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers have signed free agent forward and former Tar Heel Ed Davis to a deal worth $ 2 million over two years, which harms the Lakers flexibility not at all.
Davis played for the Memphis Grizzlies last year and averaged 5.5 pts and 4.2 reb on around 15 minutes per game. Davis is looking for a chance to play more, and the Lakers have lots of minutes that need to be assigned next to first round pick Julius Randle.