The future of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise is uncertain to say the least. After the worst season in franchise history, the Lakers will attempt to put the pieces back together this summer and there's no guarantee they'll be able to do so. One option could be the Lakers firing head coach Mike D'Antoni, replacing him with Byron Scott and going after Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers as a result according to Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher on April 27.
With D'Antoni's fate still up in the air, the Lakers may still decide to part ways with the head coach. If the Lakers do fire D'Antoni, the team will likely look for a potential game-changer to replace him. Scott could become a top candidate in that situation due to his ties to the organization and relationship with Irving according to Bucher:
“At least one LA source believes that’s the direction (the Lakers) could go, primarily because of Scott’s relationship with Kyrie Irving,” Bucher said in the video.
According to Bucher, Scott and Irving “still text on a regular basis, and the relationship is very good.”
Irving has been linked to the Lakers over the past few years with reports of his interest to play in Los Angeles and constant rumors of turmoil in Cleveland. The up-and-coming point guard will become a restricted free agent in 2015, but the consensus seems to be that he'll be traded at some point before the NBA trade deadline next season.
GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will have a considerable amount of cap space at their disposal this summer along with the majority of the roster becoming free agents in July, but the team may not go all in this offseason with the focus potentially on the free agent class of 2015. Only Luol Deng, Kyle Lowry and Pau Gasol standout in the upcoming free agent class.
With Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo being among the big-name free agents potentially available in the summer of 2015, the Lakers will want cap space available to be able to provide a lucrative offers for these perennial All-Stars. Rumors have circulated over the last few months that Love wants to become a Laker in the near future. The Lakers may not wait until Love becomes a free agent with a potential trade of a top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft something the team may consider if the Minnesota Timberwolves are willing to talk before or during the draft.