Here’s a quick look at the contract status of the current Lakers. The biggest issues, as I mentioned last night, are Odom, Vujacic and Turiaf.
Who should be back:
Derek Fisher: Signed through 2009-10 season
Kobe Bryant: On-board for next year, but can opt out of his contract in June of 2009.
Pau Gasol: Signed through 2010-11 season.
Jordan Farmar: Signed for next year, team option for 2009-10, restricted free agent after that.
Chris Mihm: Player option for next season. Coming off injuries makes him likely to stay.
Vladimir Radmanovic: Under contract for two more seasons, player option for a third. Hefty salary would make him hard to trade.
Luke Walton: Under contract for five more seasons, would be very difficult to move that contract after subpar year.
Andrew Bynum: Signed through next year, restricted free agent after that. Lakers will need to decide whether to offer a long-term extension.
Who might be back:
Lamar Odom: $14.1 million expiring contract makes him very attractive in trades.
Trevor Ariza: Player option for next year. Lakers love him and will likely want him to stay.
Sasha Vujacic: Restricted free agent. Lakers can match whatever another team offers. They probably will if the price is right.
Ronny Turiaf: Restricted free agent. Lakers like him, but he could get a big offer from another club (like Orlando, Toronto, Golden State) that needs and likes athletic post players.
Coby Karl: Lakers like him, but he barely played and might have to fight off competition from this year’s second-round draft pick.
Who probably won’t be back:
DJ Mbenga: Versatile big man will become a free agent, could end up anywhere.
Ira Newble: Never learned the offense to Phil Jackson’s satisfaction, though the Lakers could’ve used his defensive toughness in the Finals.