If newly signed free agents Chris Kaman Nick Young and Wesley Johnson don't excite Lakers fans there's that rarely uttered phrase by the franchise that's won 16 championships — wait till next summer.

The rebuilding will begin after a 2013-14 season that ends presumably without a championship and possibly with no playoffs depending on the health of a Pau Gasol-Kobe Bryant-Steve Nash nucleus that averages 35.7 years old on opening night.

There are so many what-ifs next season but then there's next summer where the Lakers could have $50 million to play with after stripping down to their financial skivvies.

Bryant ($30.5 million salary next season) and Gasol ($19.3 million) will be off the books after this season setting up a flood of financial possibilities that even Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak recently acknowledged as an "enormous amount."

Furthermore if Nash doesn't look healthy he could be waived in a year via the "stretch" provision in which his $9.7-million salary in 2014-15 would be amortized over three seasons giving the Lakers a salary-cap hit of only $3.23 million next summer and thus more money to spend.

Of course how much they can spend also depends on Bryant.

Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan made financial sacrifices in recent years taking less than half of their maximum salaries when signing new deals.

How badly does Bryant want a sixth ring? And maybe a seventh?

There are three veins of financial thought for Bryant who turns 35 next month.

If he insists on the maximum $32 million for the 2014-15 season it's a nonstarter. The Lakers wouldn't pay him that much and even if they did the sum would submarine the team's salary-cap space providing enough room to add only one free agent of note.

Brief refresher: Possible free agents next summer include LeBron James Carmelo Anthony Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Zach Randolph Rudy Gay Luol Deng Dirk Nowitzki Danny Granger and Marcin Gortat. Restricted free agents could include Paul George DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe.