The Los Angeles Lakers are a sorry sight right now, their 0-5 start to the 2014-15 season sees the famous franchise propping up the entire NBA standings.
Following the 27-55 train wreck that was last season, Lakers fans were under no illusions that things would suddenly transform this time round - even with the return of Kobe and former star Byron Scott in the hot seat.
But five games into the season the realization that their roster is as bad as their critics had claimed during preseason must still a painful one. And it seems like the franchise's top brass are aware of the need for big changes too with the Lakers having reportedly already identified a top star from one of their rivals as a key 2015 free agency addition.
"(He) plays a critical position and shares the same win-at-all-bleeping-cost attitude as Bryant," Chris Mannix, Sports illustrated."
As reported by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Lakers have already targeted Rajon Rondo ahead of next summer and are planning on making a "strong run" at the 28-year-old point guard.
"Several rival executives believe the Lakers will make a strong run at Rondo next summer, and it's easy to see why," wrote Mannix.
"Rondo is young, plays a critical position and shares the same win-at-all-bleeping-cost attitude as Bryant."
WIth Rondo likely looking max money in Boston next summer there have already been strong rumors that he will look to add a new chapter in his impressive career in 2015.
A good move?
The Lakers certainly need someone to help run the show at the Staples Center and Rondo would definitely add some much needed beef to the Lakers defensive game.
But with the Lakers relying so heavily right now on Kobe Bryant's shooting - he has missed more shots than every NBA player bar three has taken this season so far -Rondo is not the polished shooter that will suddenly help the Lakers turn blowout losses into shootout wins.
Whatever the Lakers do next summer, they must bring in quality. With some salary cap room to play with they will have a chance at a number of next year's big FA names but whether the likes of Rondo, Greg Monroe or LeMarcus Aldridge remains to be seen.
Would those guys want to be a part of the Lakers roster right now?
Having said that the Boston Celtics don't look like a team about to pull up any trees themselves, and with the East coast franchise hopeful that Marcus Smart can develop into a real talent, Rajon Rondo to the Lakers may be the most attainable free agency rumor we have heard yet.