The Lakers will have some huge decisions in the following weeks.
At the top of the list is whether or not to keep both free agents Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom.
Both players have publicly said they want to stay and it is believed that the Lakers are willing to double Ariza’s $3 million salary, but Odom would have to take a sizeable pay put form his lofty $14 million pay check.
The Lakers will probably have a better shot of keeping Odom than Ariza because it is believed that Detroit is willing offer him more.
It is the most important decision of his young basketball life and Ariza while he loves playing where he grew up he is not stupid and realizes that this is as much about money than anything else.
The pay scale for Ariza is in the $6 to $6.4 million range tops. He probably wants around $8 million.
Odom is believed to be willing to take somewhere around $7.5 to $8 million to stay.
Meanwhile there is also Shannon Brown, who played big during the tail end of the regular season. He too will probably attract more money else where.
Fan favorite Jordan Farmar was pushed deep into the rotation in favor of Brown and then resurfaced again to play admirably and although under contract it would not be surprising if the Lakers dealt Farmar in a draft day trade to a team that better suits his talents.
If the Lakers could move up considerably in the draft and rid themselves of Farmar they would do it in a heart beat.
Â The draft on Thursday is loaded with guard who will play in this league for a long time and one of them is Farmar’s former UCLA teammate Darren Collison who could be available when the Lakers choose late in the first round at 29.
With a title under their belt, do expect the Lakers to stand pat and do nothing in a league where teams are improving drastically by the season and in many cases are either one injury or one player away from being close to elite status.