Los Angeles Lakers team president Jeanie Buss has promised the franchise’s fans that the team will return to being competitive again soon.
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The Lakers are enduring another miserable season this year as they look ahead to free agency this summer in which they are expected to make moves to strengthen their roster.
Kobe Bryant will hope to return from injury to play a vital role in what is expected to be his final season in the league, and Buss is confident that the front office will be able to construct a competitive roster sooner rather than later.
“I’ve been assured by our basketball operations that the team will be back in contention soon. If we are not meeting those goals, then changes have to occur,” Buss said, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
“I have no reason not to believe them when they tell me that’s what they can deliver. I don’t see what would be holding them back.”
The Lakers are 16-44 for the season and along with significant salary cap space to add a high-profile name, they are also expected to secure a top selection in the 2015 NBA Draft.
However, it is undoubtedly a painful time for the franchise as this season has been an extension of their struggles over the past two years in which they have been forced to take a step back from the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
Buss insisted that she understands the fans’ frustration, and although she concedes that she is just as impatient as them, the hope is that they will be able to turn things around in a hurry.
Much will depend on their ability to attract free agents this summer, with the likes of Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love understood to be on their radar.