Lakers Don’t Tank
With all the hype surrounding the next crop of NBA players to come from the 2014 rookie class, headlined by Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, the Lakers have to stay competitive. Signing the player who’s been the team’s megastar for nearly a decade keeps the Lakers competitive and acts as a draw to free agents who might be looking for a change of scenery soon. Eric Bledsoe of Phoenix, the Pacers’ Lance Stephenson, Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks and Greg Monroe from Detroit are some of the free agents the Lake Show will surely be in talks with in 2014. Not to mention the King of South Beach, LeBron James. Playing with Bryant to eventually inherit being the face of the Lakers organization has to be on every high-level players radar.