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Kyle Lowry & Michael Carter-Williams targets for the Lakers

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Mitch Kupchak will have a very busy summer. In fact, this will be a summer as busy as it has ever been over the past years for the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are not just in seek of their new head coach but they are desperately looking to upgrade their roster, too. Two of the many targets the Los Angeles Lakers have this summer are Kyle Lowry and Michael Carter-Williams. Let’s break down if and how the Lakers could land one of those two point guards.

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The Toronto Raptors did examine the possibility of trading away Lowry early in the season. However, thanks to Lowry’s great performances as the season progressed, the Raptors decided to eventually keep him onboard and push for the playoffs. Lowry recorded his best season up to now in 2013 – 2014 but he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Toronto Raptors appear to be skeptical about paying him more than the $6 million he earned last year and chances are Lowry demands more.

If that’s the case, the Los Angeles Lakers could enter the mix. As reported, the Raptors are interested in landing the Canadian future Hall of Famer Steve Nash for what will most probably be his last season in the NBA. Although Nash suffered several injuries last season and he was able to appear in just 15 games, the Raptors seem to be a great destination for him to close his career.

Kyle Lowry would be a great fit alongside Kobe Bryant and in fact, he could emerge as a franchise point guard. But so could Michael Carter- Williams. Nonetheless, it will be a little more difficult for the Lakers to land the Rookie of the Year of the past season.

The Lakers hold the No.7 pick in the upcoming draft. The only way in which the Lakers could stand a chance of trading their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for MWC would be if Dante Exum was available at that position. At least that’s how things appear to shape up at the moment.

Exum is an unknown product for the NBA world, since he spent his youth in Australia. He is a 6’6”combo guard who is reportedly the only prospect comparable to the Big Three of the 2014 Draft class, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. It’s heavily projected for Exum to get selected right after the Big Three. However, if he falls as low as the seventh spot, the Philadelphia 76ers would be more than just interested to discuss a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and acquire Exum.

Michael Carter-Williams

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Again, this is just speculation for the moment. There is no clear indication that the 76ers would even consider trading Michael Carter-Williams away. On the contrary, most of their future plans revolve around keeping him as their cornerstone and building around him. However, Philly seems to be fond of Exum and they could be tempted by the Lakers if LA has the chance to select him.

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Should The Lakers Keep Kobe Bryant Out For The Season

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The latest news about Kobe Bryant and his knee injury state that the Black Mamba will remain sidelined for three more weeks. He will also miss the 2014 All Star Game. Multiple sources point out that Bryant feels internal swelling pain in his knees and that’s why he will have to extend his rehabilitation period. Now the Los Angeles Lakers face a significant question: Should they just keep Kobe out for the remainder of the 2013-2014 campaign?

The Lakers can almost be considered as done for the season. The team currently stands in the second spot of the bottom in the Western Conference, holding a 16-30 record. Due to very high level of competiveness within the conference, it will be almost impossible for the Lakers to overcome the 10-game deficit they have from the eighth-seeded team, which currently is the Dallas Mavericks. But even if they manage to get the ticket for the postseason they won’t go far. If the Lakers finish eighth, they will face the first-seeded team in the West, which will be either the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trail Blazers or the San Antonio Spurs. And it’s easy for every fan of the team to imagine what the outcome of such a series would be.

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Kobe Bryant

As a matter of fact, if Bryant comes back this season the Lakers won’t see a big difference in their final ranking. Even the Black Mamba’s contribution might not be enough for Mike D’Antoni’s team to bounce back. In addition, the Lakers would also risk Kobe’s health if he is rushed back. The 35-year old Bryant certainly needs some time to fully rehab now that he has the chance.

Allowing Kobe to fully rest for the season seems to be the most rational choice for the Lakers at the moment. The main focus of the team should be the near future, the upcoming season. That’s why they should take their attention off Kobe and start planning their next moves to strengthen their roster, either through trades or significant moves. The Lakers will also have to focus on the upcoming, star-loaded NBA Draft. Then they will have a great opportunity to land potential superstar.

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Kobe

Certainly, Kobe Bryant is always a hot topic in LA. Every fan of the team wants to see him dressed up and ready to play when the Lakers are playing in the Staples Center. In fact, Bryant is one of the main reasons many fans support the team. Bryant is a big part of the Lakers franchise at the moment. Nevertheless, if the Lakers think rationally, they will realize that due to the bad situation the team is in at the moment, they will have to find the best way to bounce back quickly.

The team has to undergo significant changes soon. Steve Nash obviously can’t contribute, Pau Gasol is unhappy with the team and the Lakers neither several draft picks nor assets to trade away. Thankfully, as of lately, some young players, like Manny Harris and Kendall Marshall, have started to show promising sings. Now that Kobe is out, they will have a chance to see more playing time, gain experience and be on his side for the next season. Chris Michaels