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No team in the history of the NBA has a collection of assembled stars that matches the Lakers. With guys like Kobe, Shaq, West, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Baylor, and all the way back to George Mikan, the Lakers have a legacy of greatness.

Kobe Bryant has served as the face of the franchise for nearly a decade now, and he is arguably the greatest player to ever wear the purple and gold. But now, as his final years are quickly approaching, it is time for the Lakers to start looking towards the future and figure out who will carry this franchise for years to come.

The free agency classes of 2014 and 2015 boast a number of excellent young players such as Luol Deng, Lance Stephenson, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Rajon Rondo among others. With so many possibilities, we asked our panel of experts, which two players would you choose to lead the Lakers in the future? This is what they had to say:

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki): I would definitely go with Kevin Love as my first pick. Love is a dominant rebounder who can score the ball from inside and out. Capable big men have always been the Lakers’ mainstay, and a key to winning championships throughout their rich history.

The second player I’m gong to choose might be a bit weird because of his position, but I’m going with talent over position here: LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge and Love are both listed as Forward-Centers, but in this age of basketball, the seven-foot true centers are becoming extinct.

Both are versatile players who could complement each other inside and outside of the post. With the addition of a solid point guard or wing player, this could be the core of an unstoppable team.

Many would choose an elite point guard over forwards or centers. In the last 20 years, only two point guards have been named Finals MVP — and that’s if you count Chauncey Billups, who is listed as a shooting guard, as a point guard.

Although it would be nice to revamp by next season, I think these two players — if the Lakers can acquire them — would be a force to deal with for years to come.

Ramneet Singh (@Ramneet24): The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to begin their rebuilding process and with Kobe Bryant on the verge of retirement, the front office is looking into young stars.

Bryant is in the books for the next two seasons, but the free agency classes of 2014 and 2015 are extremely talented. Despite all the claims that the Lakers will sign a big name free agent this off-season, the main prizes will be available in 2015. Names like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and even Carmelo Anthony are likely to stay in their current situations and it will be hard for the Lakers to get any of them.

In 2015, both Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves will have a chance to sign elsewhere. Throughout NBA history, we have seen that a dominant point guard and a capable big man have been the most successful duos. Irving is an explosive guard who can attack the paint and shoot from outside, whereas Love is a skilled center who can rebound like no one else.

Signing these two young stars will surely put the Lakers back in contention for a title and they will lead the franchise in its next stage.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): There are plenty of great combinations of big-name players that will likely become available for the taking in the upcoming free agent markets of 2014 and 2015, but the best combination might be Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

Love has been linked with the Lakers over the past few weeks while Irving is a favorite of the fans in Los Angeles. The UCLA alum may be the most likely of the two potential free agents to sign with the Lakers, but the team landing Irving may be a stretch.

Although Irving is a promising young player, Love is definitely a star the Lakers could build around in the post-Kobe Bryant era. The only potential problem with both players, if acquired, is that they’ve struggled to stay healthy over the course of their careers in the NBA.

Despite the injury risk, Love and Irving are the best options in these free agent classes in my opinion.

Will either of these players sign with the Lakers? Who knows, but they are definitely great options if the team is able to bring them in.
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Pau Gasol On Halfway Point Of The Season, Playoffs, and Ryan Kelly


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  • Delusional Fans

    Lakers will have every star possible by 2016.LOL HA HA HA HA Too many delusional thoughts regarding the Lakers by simple media members and fans.Lets all just be fantasy thinkers and be crazy about predicting the Lakers future roster.
    LAKERS #FUTURE
    PG Russell Westbrook
    SG Andrew Wiggins
    SF LeBron James
    PF Kevin Love
    C Marc Gasol

    • kobe24

      You forgot to add Rajon Rondo, CP3, Damian Lilard, Steph Curry, Durant as our back up smh

    • DCCifer

      Wake up call man

    • roseducanna

      how about coach M.D’A,?

    • Baltazar Costa

      YOU
      ARE
      IDOT, ha,ha,ha.

  • Lakers 16 Trophies

    The Lakers just need to tank this season and next season so they end up with a top 3 pick in both drafts.Now if they can get Kobe Bryant to retire since he is eating up way too much salary cap space,come on he makes $23.5 million dollars next season and then $24 million dollars the following season.Here is the rundown on why the deal is a bad deal for the Lakers firstly he tore his Achilles Tendon in the worst way possible with a complete tear and in basketball most all the action is done with the feet and knees,you know the basic stuff like running and jumping.

    Then secondly he just fractured his left knee,does anyone know what that means?Well it means freaking fractured his knee in other words almost shattering his knee.

    He is just acting tough and saying all the right things since he wants this to be a smooth transition to the next generation of Lakers players but deep down inside even Kobe probably knows it’s over for him as a elite player.

    Thirdly Kobe only played in 6 games before his body started breaking down and he fractured his knee cap.He is old already 35 years old and he has been playing for 18 years the man has tons of mileage on his body and he needs to just give it a rest already.

    Too many wars that he was involved in and now he is paying for it with the bad devastating injuries.No top free agent is coming to the Lakers because of Kobe since he is no longer the player he used to be and he is injured and not himself anymore.Plus Kobe is a scorer and he needs the ball in his hands to be most effective,most top players will steer clear of the Lakers for that reason alone also add in the top free agents like LeBron or Carmelo don’t want to play second fiddle to a selfish Kobe.Not happening.

    • Matthew Santa Cruz

      Wow from the looks of your grammar and poor knowledge of medical terminology, I’m going with my gut and assuming you know nothing about medicine.. Good effort though.

  • Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank

    Lakers In 2016
    PG Kendall Marshall
    SG Dante Exum
    SF Kevin Durant
    PF Kevin Love
    C Jahil Okafor

  • Limbo Jimbo

    I think it will always be players like Nick Young and Kendall Marshall that the Lakers get.Basically underachieving young players that can’t find a job anywhere in the NBA so Limbo Limbo will give them a 1 year deal to prove themselves then they will leave like Trevor Ariza and Earl Clark.Rinse repeat.

    It will not get much better for a very long time maybe never since Limbo Jimbo Buss is a idiot that sucks at convincing top stars to come to the Lakers and better yet he can’t get a big time major star like LeBron James to commit to his team.Also he disgraced the Lakers franchise by putting up all those billboards to try to convince a second tier b list star to stay Dwight Howard.Sad times.

    And the Lakers have been terrible since the new CBA kicked in,they have no idea how to mange a great team under these hard rules and major restrictions that are now facing them.Too many issues will prevent the Lakers from getting the top guys in free agency.Lakers Front Office is incompetent and inept they have no idea what the hell they are doing and all bets are off when predicting a Lakers future roster since Limbo Jimbo and Bitch Mitch have major blunders on their resumes.

    Time to root for the LA Clippers they are doing a much better job creating a winning fun entertaining product worth watching,Limbo Jimbo on the other side of the building is too busy drinking coke and we draw the line as fans,yea we draw the line.Drug test Jim Buss this is too much to just accept as a long time Lakers fan,he has screwed the Lakers up royally.Nothing is on the table to share with Chaz.Yeah this team is in the wrong hands it is in need of a new Owner and GM.Sell the team or fix this NOW.

    • Laker4Life

      I totally agree with you @Limbo_Jimbo! The Lakers need a new owner and GM!

      • Dante

        You’re all such freaking idiots. Go home. We don’t want dumb fans like you.

        Mitch has two championships. Trust him. He’ll kick your ass soon. Watch.

    • Dragon7s

      Stopped reading after “Limbo Jimbo Buss” but thanks for playing.

    • Matthew Santa Cruz

      He didn’t put up any signs dumbass.. They were just photo shopped pictures of ‘Stay D12′ over popular L.A. attractions. Get a clue.

    • yolonda bell

      ………….so the headlines read “Longtime Laker fan draws the line and starts rooting for LA Clippers since they are doing a much better Job.” Do you know what a “bandwagon” fan is? I understand your frustration, but you are NOT a Laker fan, you are a supporter of the winning team.

      • Baltazar Costa

        It can’t be said any better bro.

  • http://growingforward.net Scott Asai

    I LOVE the combo of Kyrie + Love. That would be my 1 & 2 pick for the future! They need to lock down a solid coach before then and then I can see it as a reality.

  • Marty Susman

    Love & Westbrook are guuuuuud friends, they ill both retire Lakers. Add to that Monroe in the paint & ????

    • Dragon7s

      The UCLA connection? I could live with that!

  • sirrick

    Let’s hope for the best that’s all we can do but we can have a solid back up bench after this season that’sfor sure

  • jwickabdurrahim

    Luol Deng this offseason and Love next year.

  • hoperhetoric

    Don’t ignore Nick Young! a little adjustment on how he uses his crossovers & he can easily be an all star. if only he uses his crossovers more in attacking the paint instead of jump shots… Hes good in first step. Kobe should teach him more! he should add too the backing the opponents, then quick spin move… Kendall is surely capable of being the 2nd Nash if he develop his shooting! Xavier too can be a paul george caliber with little adjustments.. all we need is a great rebounder shotblocker! I wont put too much bet & money on kevin love! we need a star that is capable of taking over the game, can beat a double team & good defensive player. I dont see it in kevin love. Nick Young in my opinion is capable of being a super star if kobe mentors him more.

  • What have the Lakers become…

    Legitimate prediction of the Lakers Lineup in 2014-2015
    Starters
    PG – Kendall Marshall
    SG – Kobe Bryant
    SF – Luol Deng
    PF – Kevin Love
    C – Jordan Hill
    6th – Nick Young
    Bench
    PG – Jordan Farmar/Steve Blake
    SG – Jodie Meeks/Xavier Henry
    SF – Wesley Johnson
    PF – Ryan Kelly
    C – ?
    Coach – Anyone but Pringles man.

  • Dmiddy

    Westbrook
    young
    Kobe
    Love
    Embiid

    Lakers in 2015 hang the banner now

  • LaLaLa

    Uncle Drew and Wes? I can get on board with getting the old team back together..

  • DsS89

    PG Marshall/Blake
    SG Kobe/Henry
    SF Young/Johnson
    PF Love/Kelly
    C Aldrige then trade with Lopez

    Gasol as a back up center.

  • Baltazar Costa

    I have to agree with many writers here, that Kobe’s contract of $ 48.5 million will hurt our chances to build a competitive team in the next two years. So calm down,relax and enjoy this transition time.
    2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons are going to be the years of building the new team. We are going to add new pieces to the core of this roster and after 2016, hopefully, Jim will ask Phil to take the coaching duty and start the last chapter of his championship book. Kobe won’t be around and the Lakers will have plenty of salary room to even add another 2/3 quality pieces.But, first thing first, right?

    My prediction is that we are going to climb up to the 6th-7th place for the draft this summer and will not have the chance to pic a top 5 player. In that scenario, we have to make a non-matching bids for Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe. Phoenix have four (4) draft pics this summer, currently positioned as # 13, # 16, # 17 and # 30. I am 100% sure, they will trade two of them for some veterans like Pau Gasol. Ch.Kaman and St.Blake and a couple of role players like R.Sacre and R.Kelly. That can give us an extra first round pic.Then, we have to sign our own FA’s like J.Farmar, K.Marshall, J.Meeks, N.Young, X.Henry and J.Hill.There is no need of tanking next season, because our first round pic was shipped away. We can have first rounder in 2016 and the next one (2017) will go to Orlando in that Dw.Howard trade.So, next summer, we have to work hard to get Kyrie Erwing and just sign Kevin Love as the new Lakers cornerpiece.That is my vision of the future of this team. Any comments?

  • Joseph

    A more realistic speculation would be to wish for the best this draft. With the current slide the Lakers are getting better chances of landing a high pick. Regardless, the Lakers should get the best talent they could get. Whether it be the 1st to 10th pick, please don’t let Jim Buss screw this up. With the Wolves current struggle and the slight hints that Kevin Love is considering leaving the Wolves for possibly the Lakers or other big market teams, it would be prudent to construct a playoff team featuring an aging legend in Kobe ready for his swan song and a bunch of capable role players who are designed to compliment Love. If Embiid keeps his pace of development then the Lakers get lucky enough to land him, they should even over the likes of Parker, Randle and Wiggins. Embiid will be the perfect compliment to Love since Love is not at all any rim protector or a help defender. Then let Mitch Kupchack handle the books, keep it open for the next few years because after Kevin Love in 2015, the likes of KD will be available. It would be easier to add another star when the Lakers do have Kevin Love. It starts with Jim Buss letting go of his role as screwing up the lakers.

  • Baltazar Costa

    Before talking about who we should get in the next 2 years, we have to first address the coaching position. Mike D’Antoni’s system of run and gun has never win a single title and will never get one.That is not a basketball for an elite organization as the L.A.Lakers. We need to find a good young coach from the schools, who can work with youngsters and has winning record. No Mike Brown, or George Carl or Van Gundy Bros. We need new coach with new vision for this game. The time of the mentioned coaches is over. Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis or Brian Shaw are not the answer too. They don’t have the quality to take this franchise back to the top.
    As for this summer, our priorities should be to sign anyone of the RFA’s – Eric Bledsoe or Greg Monroe. Kyle Lowry is another option as UFA. Then, we have to see what is available for us on the draft day and take a player, who can provide with immediate help.Then, next summer, we should be able to sign Kyrie Erwing and Kevin Love and several quality role players. A good college coach can make this combination of the names an elite NBA contender for many years. Oh! Almost forgot.Phil Jackson stated yesterday, that he will never coach again. So, stop speculating with his name.

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