Report: Lakers to focus on "big free agent" in 2015, done looking this year?

The Los Angeles Lakers could be changing directions with their plans for the 2014 NBA free agency period, preferring to redouble their efforts at landing a top-tier free agent during the summer of 2015.

According to Ramona Shelburne of, today's re-signings of Nick Young and Jordan Hill signal a shift in the team's philosophy for this offseason:

After locking down Young at four years and $21.5 million, along with Hill at two years and $18 million, Lakers general manager opted for rewarding two standouts from the 2013-14 season over redirecting that cash towards a marquee free agent.

Couple that with the team's trade for Jeremy Lin and his $8 million-plus cap hit earlier today, and it's easy to see why the Lakers could be changing their tact at the present moment - opting to find cost-effective complementary talent rather than making a giant splash in this year's marketplace.


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