Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/13
If newly signed free agents Chris Kaman Nick Young and Wesley Johnson don't excite Lakers fans there's that rarely uttered phrase by the franchise that's won 16 championships — wait till next summer. The rebuilding will begin after a 2013-14 season that ends presumably without a championship and possibly with no playoffs depending on the health of a Pau Gasol-Kobe Bryant-Steve Nash nucleus that averages 35.7 years old on opening night. There are so many what-ifs next season but then there's next summer where the Lakers could have $50 million to play with after stripping down to their financial skivvies. Bryant ($30.5 million salary next season) and Gasol ($19.3 million) will be off the books after this season setting up a flood of financial possibilities that even Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak recently acknowledged as an "enormous amount." Furthermore if Nash doesn't look healthy he could be waived in a year via the "stretch" provision in which his $9.7-million salary in ...
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