The Lakers face a testing next few months despite not even being in action during the playoffs.
Magic Johnson resigned from his post as Lakers president while Luke Walton also lost his job as head coach.
And they will need to act fast to find replacements with the NBA draft coming up.
But arguably more important for the Lakers is the upcoming free agency market.
A host of the NBA’s best players could potentially be available for the Lakers, who have created enough cap space for one max salary slot.
Kevin Durant and Leonard headline the free agency market, the latter of which the Lakers tried to trade for last summer.
Ultimately, the San Antonio Spurs refused to do business with the Lakers back then, but reports at the time suggested Leonard still had Los Angeles in mind for free agency in 2019.
The LA Clippers are also heavily linked with recruiting Leonard and have sent scouts to watch him regularly at the Toronto Raptors this season.
But the Lakers will be hopeful the lure of playing alongside LeBron James will be enough to win the battle for his signature.
And Lakers fans got excited about their chances of signing Leonard following comments from Bryant.
Bryant, tweeting about the latest episode of DETAIL on ESPN+, tweeted about the “phenomenal progress” Leonard has made since entering the league.
And Lakers fans immediately took that as a sign the five-time NBA champion was trying to recruit Leonard to the Staples Center.
One fan tweeted: “Recruit him.”
Another posted: “Kobe already doing presidential work for the Lakers.
A third said: “Lure him to the Lakers.
A fourth posted: “Recruit than man Kobe #lakershow.”