The Los Angeles Lakers struggled mightily last season, and are expected to do the same this year. However, the front office isn't looking at just wins and losses.
Executive VP of Basketball Operations Jim Buss told Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times that he'll judge success by finding at least eight core players by the end of the year:
"To me, the barometer of success at the end of next year … is if we have eight core players that are going to be Lakers for the next five years. It’s not a number of wins. It’s not if we make the playoffs. It’s not how far we go in the playoffs. It matters that we have core players, and that these guys are our future.”