I don't know why he would leave what he is best at just to coach this team of all teams. I know he played there, but that team is carrying a lot of ugly contracts. I don't see a lot of room for improvement.
I don't think it's a matter of whether the free agents are out there, it's what the Lakers have in cap room that is the issue. Shaq's contract is huge, and losing Malone and Payton (if Payton goes too) isn't going to open much space.