Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/12/13
In a wide-ranging piece on the future of the Lakers and their hopes for free agency in 2014 with a class featuring LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony among others ESPN reports on indications from within the Lakers organization that things are bleak: And let's be honest for all the excitement about the 2014 draft in terms of likely impact it's nothing compared to what the 2014 free-agent class could become. Need I remind you LeBron James can opt out of his contract as can Chris Bosh and almost every single member of the Miami Heat? Carmelo Anthony could be on the market along with Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki. The year after that names like Kevin Durant and Paul George become realities. So ... why all the long faces Lakers front-office executives? Why did a source close to Lakers management tell ESPN.com: "Within the organization there isn't a single person that believes we can bring LeBron aboard"? Why was GM Mitch Kupchak on Colin Cowherd's radio show in the last few weeks saying "I don't know if we'll get a star player”? via The Lakers won't win free agency - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN. The piece goes on to outline reasons why the Lakers will struggle including the new CBA's salary cap implications and Kobe Bryant's attitude towards teammates. The question usually comes down to "The Lakers' storied history" vs. "modern forces reshaping the league." The answer may lie somewhere in the middle. The history of the Lakers may not have as much of an impact going forward after Dwight Howard set a precedent for leaving the organization and the admittedly difficult nature of Bryant. But there's still the fact that living in LA will nearly always be attractive to players on multiple levels. The weather's great the city's fun if you have money like they do and there are party and sponsorship opportunities that don't exist elsewhere. LA will always have a built-in advantage.
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