The Los Angeles Lakers seem to have covered all the bases though there is still one open slot to fill. The wise bet would be a power forward, preferably a veteran who could inject some experience in the youthful front line.

Right now, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. and Kyle Kuzma comprise the forward line, all of whom could use added guidance if the Lakers can get an affordable free agent available. One name that stands out is Tony Allen, the defensive-minded player who gave retired Laker Kobe Bryant plenty of nightmares years back.

Unsigned and affordable

Surprisingly, Allen is still unsigned and looms as a sensible player addition. He could fill that last slot perfectly, not to mention mentoring the young guys who need to get tougher.

Allen can be an asset on both ends of the court. Defense would be the focus though he has proven he can score when the need arises. There is no credible word of that happening though the Lakers may need to act fast. Someone of Allen’s caliber is bound to be signed at any point, particularly teams working on a budget.

No reason to tank

With a talented young group, the Lakers may improve this coming NBA season. They have a gem of a rookie guard in Lonzo Ball and have young guns who hold bright futures.

That list includes Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, Randle, and Nance.

There are a couple of veterans present in Luol Deng and Corey Brewer. But somehow, their presence may not be enough to balance the experience factor the Lakers would sorely need.

Identifying the team's need

Though Allen looms as a sensible addition, filling up that one remaining slot will depend on Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka, and head coach Luke Walton.

The three are likely to sit down and discuss what the Lakers really need – tied up to the outlook they have for this coming season.

The Lakers are setting modest goals, one that likely involves making the playoffs. They can aim at something more though they may lack the tools (for now) to do so. Either way, they are a work in progress.

The big moves are expected in the summer of 2018. Big names like LeBron James and Paul George are being suggested, and all that remains to be seen. Hence, that one spot will likely go to a player who could be with the team for only a year. Allen is a low-profile player who has quietly shown his efficiency. He may not be a big game-changer for the Lakers though adding him could benefit the young guys – for this coming season and the ones ahead.