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Sam Amick
December 05, 2011
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (57--25)
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December 05, 2011

Pacific

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As if staving off relocation to Anaheim for at least this season wasn't reason enough for the locals to celebrate, they'll now get to cheer Jimmer Fredette at every turn. The former BYU sharpshooter--marketing dynamo is sure to energize what was already a compelling young core that includes center DeMarcus Cousins, guard Tyreke Evans and newly acquired J.J. Hickson.

What they need

Based on the terms of the tentative CBA, the Kings will be required to spend or acquire around $18 million in salary before the start of the season. Restricted free-agent guard Marcus Thornton, who averaged 21.3 points in 27 games after he was traded from the Hornets last season, tops Sacramento's wish list

Bottom line

Coach Paul Westphal enters the final year of his contract knowing that he must make serious strides on defense (104.7 ppg allowed on 47.8% shooting) and in the wins column.

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