26 Mar 2017 23:40:03
Lakers offseason if their pick falls to #3 and want a quick fix.

Lakers get: Paul George
Pacers get: Jordan Clarkson, Corey Brewer, #3 Pick.

Lakers do it because Fultz and Ball are off the board, and the other players left won't appeal to them at that pick. Clarkson doesn't look like he'll get too much better. Pacers do it because Tatum and Jackson will still be left at the #3 pick as a replacement to George. With that, they also get capable players in JC and Brewer.

Draft Jawun Evans at the 28.

Let Black, MWP and Ennis walk. Resign T-Rob to a veteran's minimum.

Sign Mills at 10 mil a season, Roberson for 5 million a season.

That has the lineup looking like

PG: Russell/Mills/Evans
SG: George/Roberson/Nwaba
SF: Ingram/Young/Deng
PF: Randle/Nance/T-Rob
C: Zubac/Mozgov

Then at some point during season, if Phil Jackson is still desperate to get rid of Carmelo, LA could try to make a move. It is a gamble worth taking because there's only one guaranteed year left on his contract. If it doesn't work both move on the following summer.

Lakers get: Carmelo Anthony
Knicks get: Julius Randle, Luol Deng, 2018 2nd round pick

PG: Russell/Mills/Evans
SG: George/Roberson/Nwaba
SF: Ingram/Young
PF: Melo/Nance/T-Rob
C: Zubac/Mozgov

The Lakers would be a little shallow at SF, but PG13, Melo, and Roberson could play some minutes there. With that roster, the Lakers are pretty much guaranteed the Playoffs that season, and if the Melo deal doesn't work out for the best, he can be let walk, and you'll have the finances to push for another star at the 4 or 5 the next offseason.


1.) 27 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 02:09:27
The Pacers deal is not good, and you not only pitched it, but you also gave the reasons why Indy would not do it.

Fultz and Ball are off the table, Clarkson won't get much better, and Brewer is a capable piece. Indy very well may move George, but if that's the best offer they get, they'll hold until the trade deadline.

2.) 27 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 02:13:56
Roberson is going to get far more than 5 million a year.

3.) 27 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 05:55:13
At this point in time that seems like far too little for George but I don't see a bunch of teams flocking to give up significant assets for George when he is on a expiring contract and rumor has it he wants to go to Lakers if he leaves Indy so maybe it isn't as far off as we think. I think Lakers would be wise to get him since gaining his Bird rights would allow them to sign him without having the cap space which would allow them to add considerably more talent in FA and if they moved Mozgov potentially another max player. Although Lakers appear to be on the right track getting George could bring them into contention much sooner. Adding Melo would be an interesting move the only issue is that he has a player option for 2018-19 so Lakers wouldn't be able to just "let him walk" and at 34 he may elect to accept that option.

4.) 27 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 11:01:57
Why wouldn't the Pacers do it? According to rumors, he's leaving them anyways. Why not get something in return? Indiana's going to have to rebuild after PG. Jackson and Tatum could end up being solid replacements for him, and JC and Brewer would be great additions to any bench.

5.) 27 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 16:34:24
Key word rumors. Nothing is set in stone yet. Lakers have been "rumored" to top level free agents for years and not one has come.