2013 NBA Free Agency: Offseason Grades for the Pacific Division

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Los Angeles Lakers

Dec. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (left) defends against New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman at the US Airways Center. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Players Added:

Rookies: F Ryan Kelly

Free Agents: G Jordan Farmar, F Wesley Johnson, C Chris Kaman, C Robert Sacre (re-signed), F/G Nick Young, F Elias Harris

Trades: None

Players Lost

Free Agents: F Earl Clark, C Dwight Howard, Andrew Goudelock

Trades: None

Waived: F Metta World Peace (amnesty), Chris Duhon

The Lakers did nothing that could help them contend for a championship this season. Kaman, Young and Johnson are all decent pieces and could help Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol make a playoff push, but that’s about it.

On that alone, plus watching Howard bolt for Houston, the Lakers get an F.

But while the Clippers have certainly upstaged the Lakers for now, look at what they have for the following summer.

The Lakers have their cleanest slate in quite some time as they only have one significant contract (Nash) on the books and could have close to $50 million in cap space. For that they get an A as they will be major players next summer.

Average that out and you get the Lakers grade for now.

Grade: C

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