(“What went wrong this season?” is the question we get the most from fans at Silver Screen & Roll. The 2012-2013 team had championship expectations, but a convergence of worst case scenarios kicked down LA to the the fringes of playoff contention. In this post series, we’ll be taking a look at just what went wrong with each part of the Los Angeles Lakers this year, how it affected the organization and if this could be a problem going forward. Check out our examinations of the guards, big men and head coaches from this past week.)
June 28, 2012: Selected C Robert Sacre with the 60th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft
July 11, 2012: Sign-and-trade deal for PG Steve Nash, 3 years, $28 million (traded a 2013 1st round draft pick, a 2013 2nd round draft pick, a 2014 2nd round draft pick and a 2015 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns)
July 25, 2012: Signed PF Antawn Jamison for 1 year, $1.3 million
July 25, 2012: Re-signed PF Jordan Hill for 2 years, $8 million
August 10, 2012: Traded for C Dwight Howard, PG Chris Duhon and F Earl Clark, sending C Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers and PF Josh McRoberts, PG Christian Eyenga and a 2017 1st round draft pick to the Orlando Magic
August 13, 2012: Signed SG Jodie Meeks to 2 years, $2.9 million (2nd year team option)
What went wrong with the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers front office?
The team double-downed on age and experience, and it couldn’t have gone worse.
Four potential Hall of Famers, six former All-Stars and a boatload of expectations. What could go wrong?
The Lakers went into last summer after two consecutive second round playoff exits with some serious questions and a capped-out roster that would make it potentially difficult to make any significant moves. Even with Derek Fisher on the team, LA had a significant hole at point guard, as well as one of the league’s most unproductive benches. Andrew Bynum had his healthiest season ever, earning his first spot on 1st Team All-NBA, but it was unclear whether or not he could be counted on as a max-contract player when he became a free agent in 2013. The Lakers looked like a very good but not great team on the downslide that would either have to completely rebuild or suffer a slow, withering death. It didn’t look great, to say the least.