The 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers are heading to the end of the season stuck in neutral, seemingly waiting out both injuries and the start of the 2015 free agency period in July to revamp the roster and bring the team back to contender status.
With a ton of cap space to play with and plenty of first-tier and second-tier free agents to pursue (Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, etc.), head coach Byron Scott admits that the summer will be huge for both him and the franchise.
"Obviously for the organization and obviously for me, this summer is going to be big. I think we all know that,” Scott said, via Serena Winters of Lakers Nation. “This summer will give us the indication of if we can turn it around a lot quicker than we even expect.”
Scott says he's confident that the Lakers will find their way back to the top, but understands the fickle nature of the business.
"Sometimes ownership gets a little antsy, and they tell you it’s a four year plan and all of a sudden it’s a two and a half year plan and you’re on the outs, but I’m willing to take that chance because of this organization,” he said.
The first-year Lakers head coach doesn't think he'll have that problem in L.A.
"Just the fact that I trust Mitch (Kuphcak) and I trust Jim (Buss), and that’s basically what they told me, that it’s going to take a few years,” Scott asserted. “I was more than willing to say ‘OK give me two years, three years whatever the case may be, I’m in it for the long haul.’”Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed