Five Lakers face uncertain futures

It was a prevalent theme last season, Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza facing an uncertain future with the Lakers while in the last year of their contracts.

Odom stayed, Ariza left for Houston, and what will become of this year’s Lakers in the last year of their deals?

It’s a party of five — Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar, Adam Morrison, DJ Mbenga and Josh Powell — with only one starter among them.

Fisher, who makes $5 million this season, will be 36 a year from now. He has already said he wants to keep playing after this season, though he’s not stressing out about it.

"I’m kind of excited about it this time around," he said. "I think I’m in a more powerful position in terms of being in a contract year because I’m confident in what my choices are. I’m confident in my ability to keep playing for as long as I want to because of the way I prepare and train and my value to the team.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers-fyi20-2009oct20,0,925502.story

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