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Lakers Rumors: Lakers to pursue Greg Monroe if unable to sign Carmelo Anthony?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons takes a shot in front of Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 108-83 Laker win at the Staples Center on January 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons takes a shot in front of Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 108-83 Laker win at the Staples Center on January 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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At this point in time, no one knows the true intentions of the Los Angeles Lakers heading into the offseason. The Lakers are on the verge of an extensive rebuilding process with an uncertain future ahead. The direction of the storied franchise will likely be determined after the results of the NBA draft lottery are in on May 20. Mitch Kupchak and company want to wait and see if they get a high draft pick before making moves to acquire a new head coach and who they'll target in free agency this July. According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News on May 14, Greg Monroe may be a player the team goes after if unable to lure superstar Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles this summer.

Following the hiring of head coach/president Stan Van Gundy, the Detroit Pistons may decide to move forward with Andre Drummond rather than Monroe. That being said, the Lakers will be one of two teams that could potentially offer Monroe a lucrative deal according to Deveney:

The Lakers are the other team most frequently mentioned among league executives when it comes to Monroe. If L.A. does not make any splashy moves around the draft, and if the Lakers are ready to concede that Carmelo Anthony is not coming, then they figure to target young, second-tier free agents—and Monroe is at the head of that list.

The Charlotte Bobcats would be the other team interested in Monroe's services this summer with the motivation of bolstering the frontcourt. The duo of Al Jefferson and Monroe in Charlotte would give the Bobcats one of the most dominant frontcourts in the NBA.

As for the Lakers, Monroe could end up replacing four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. The Spaniard is looking forward to testing free agency this summer, but doesn't rule out returning to the Lakers. Although a return hasn't been ruled out, the two-time NBA champion seems to already have one foot out of the door in Los Angeles in an effort to potentially sign with a title contender.

Anthony will likely be the biggest name on the open market this summer. The superstar seems intent on opting out of his deal with the New York Knicks and will weigh his options as an unrestricted free agent. Los Angeles has been rumored as a possible destination for Anthony, but the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls will also make a run at the perennial All-Star.