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09 Jul 2018 08:53:15
I think it was dumb of the Lakers to let Lopez walk and not re-sign him for like a 1yr $5m deal when he signed with Milwaukee for 1yr $3.2m.


I also think with their remaining cap, that they should target Mbah a Moute. However, I think the most likely thing they will do is sign Melo instead

Their best option is to wait to trade for Kawhi after the season starts when his value will be way less, or wait for free agency and keep all of the young guys to see how they pan out with LeBron.

Likely beginning of season depth chart:
Pg. Ball, Rondo
Sg. KCP, Hart, Mykhaliuik
Sf. LeBron, Ingram
Pf. Kuzma, Moute/ Melo
C. McGee, Wagner, Zubac.

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09 Jul 2018 18:24:25
I think they should use trade assets to make a push for another star (lillard KAT wall. ) and then sign kawhi on free agency.

09 Jul 2018 20:27:41
Hard to imagine Ingram comes off the bench. Probably put in place of KCP (or maybe in place of McGee and start no bigs and try to run people to death) .

10 Jul 2018 03:06:01
Just my opinion. Lakers probably didn’t sign Lopez because James didn’t want him. They are only going to sign players he wants.

10 Jul 2018 05:21:38
Toolguy is on target. Every Lakers acquisition has been a defensive beast. Lopez is anything but that.

10 Jul 2018 20:22:44
Who? McGee us good under 20 minutes a night.
Lance never played well outside of indy.
Rondo is a pg who can't shoot like the one the Lakers have.

11 Jul 2018 02:43:30
I also agree with toolguy… Team and players have changed but the story remains the same.

09 Jul 2018 00:21:20
Only way Leonard win if he join LeBron next year or get traded to boston for something like smart who takes qualifying offer, Morris, and filler and sac pick and boston 2019 and 21.
Irving
Heyward
Leonard
Horford
Baynes
With rozier brown and Tatum would be deadly big 3 bench

Or with
Ball
Leonard
Ingram
James
McGee

With Hart kuzma and whoever else they sign for bench mob.

Only way he can beat warrior's or rockets. Joining Lakers or getting traded to bostonn without giving up there 5 best players

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09 Jul 2018 02:58:49
Tatum absolutely starts over Baynes.

09 Jul 2018 03:52:11
I don't think Leonard is going to the celts. He won't commit past 1 season. This is a pissing contest between he and Popovich. Popovich has to get real about a deal to LA or get almost nothing dealing him as a rental. Or nothing at all but an opt out next June.

09 Jul 2018 06:42:03
I say Celtics a great place But there top two player's are in expiring deals so don't think Celtics do deal but they will be contenders to golden state and Houston. But I think they will do a swap Leonard for Irving and try to clear cap for Butler next year on the spurs side to pair with Irving and boston will still be contenders with Irving for Leonard swap.

But no matter what happens with Leonard if he sign with Lakers as a free agent that works be his best option especially if Lakers can clear Deng for expiring contactlakers add first by trade deadline.
Lakers line up can be
Ball
Leonard
Ingram
James
With others and 5 mil in cap and and mle.

09 Jul 2018 20:06:34
@ II the celtics are a fine landing spot but Leonard isn't interested according to nearly 100's of reports. Besides that he is not playing nice guy with pop. He's saying LA or nothing knowing pop doesn't like that. It's like a bad divorce, it's personal.

09 Jul 2018 21:43:13
Don't believe the reports I'm going by best opportunity to win.

10 Jul 2018 02:39:42
C's are only in it to jack up the price. Spurs need to play hardball with Kawhi and trade him where he doesn't want to be.

10 Jul 2018 05:24:43
I hope the spurs do trade him where he doesn't want to be. 1 season is nothing for leonard and spurs still won't get much without a long term commitment from him.

08 Jul 2018 09:24:10
Spurs should trade Kawhi to Charlotte now that would piss him off back with Parker

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08 Jul 2018 13:21:47
I am more disappointed in popovich and parker playing the Lavar ball game than I am in anything Leonard has done.

09 Jul 2018 18:26:55
That would be perfect :)

08 Jul 2018 05:51:13
Nice move by kupchak. Biyombo is a good piece. Especially compared to mozgov.

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08 Jul 2018 07:22:59
A empty bucket has more value than mosgoz.

07 Jul 2018 06:10:51
Could Beasley end up a laker? Good scorer for the 2nd unit. Not many teams that are good have money left

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07 Jul 2018 18:09:47
Can the Lakers really take another personality like that? Think of that locker room already.

LeBron, his fault or not, is surrounded by controversy at all time. Love and Lue we're literally couldn't handle the circus around Lebron anymore (not to mention Rose, but I guess he already had some issues) . Irving forced his way off the 2nd best team in the league. Tristan went from being a scrappy role player to a want to be reality star and IT went from being a guy everyone one liked and wanted to see do well to league villain.

You then have Lonzo and Lavarr in the fold and just the absolute mess that that is.

Walton already having been questioned as the coach.

Trade rumors swirling around Kawhi and etc.

Kuzma and Hart, who's social media habits have already ruffled the Lakers feathers.

You throw Rondo in there, who is pretty opinionated and isn't exactly a happy go lucky guy.

Then you throw in McGee and Stephenson, who are bound to drive Lebron and Rondo crazy.

Probably the biggest stage in basketball.

Another big personality in Magic.

And finally, a team with huge expectations for a fan base who's faced losing for the first time in forever that conceptually makes almost no sense in today's league.

08 Jul 2018 05:36:44
You should exercise your built up Laker aggression on laker fan posts. This was not one of those.

08 Jul 2018 16:11:04
No aggression. i'm just saying the Lakers already have a weird and unpredictable set of personalities already. Throwing another one into the mix seems like a bad idea given that he doesn't really fill any of their biggest needs.

08 Jul 2018 19:03:54
I got it the first time. Thanks.

07 Jul 2018 04:21:30
If Leonard traded to Philly boston still be better and never get better then Boston especially if embiid get hurt then there done.

So Lakers add him as a free agent will be best option for him to compete.. they can trade Deng who will be expiring contact next year along with a young player and a couple draft picks for a star or borderline star

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07 Jul 2018 05:37:19
If the Lakers wait they can deal Deng or buyout the 1 remaining season and stretch or waive and stretch after the deadline next season. I like the deng for Anthony deal it helps both teams considerably.

08 Jul 2018 00:23:54
Okc need cap relief. Trad9ng for deng doesn't help them.

08 Jul 2018 04:34:31
After this season I would rather trade Deng and a young player plus pick for a star then to waive him. Plus sign Leonard would be best option for Leonard to compete and get money. Deng and two frst plus Hart for an upgrade center
Ball
Leonar
Ingram
James
Whiteside easiest choice.

08 Jul 2018 05:30:43
Whiteside isn't a star. The Heat just want rid of him right now. I doubt the Lakers have any interest in him.

09 Jul 2018 03:07:14
Heat not using him right.

09 Jul 2018 15:53:39
If he's not going to try on defense and dominate the glass, what is he doing for you? It's not like he's an elite offensive weapon. He's an average at best post up scorer that is going to do the bulk of his scoring off put backs and lobs. It's not like you can run an offense through him. He's a black hole once he gets the ball and he can't shoot.

09 Jul 2018 16:38:21
Whiteside would do just what Jordan does protect the rim not there to be the super star and average 20 and 15. Just 10 and 12 would be great and give 6 hard fouls. Block shots and keep players out the paint. Lakers aren't built on shooters there though defenders and can create for themselves.

Rondo ball Ingram Stevenson James not good shooters but defend and create. But Whiteside would catch lots of lobs and has more height And can jump higher then TT so James will enjoy that.

06 Jul 2018 18:18:17
Breaking

Thunder reportedly dumping Carmelo Anthony. Willing to take enormous financial hit just to get him off the team.
Probably won't be a trade, because OKC would have to attach multiple draft picks to get another team to take him.
Looks like they'll stretch him, which means Thunder still on the hook for more than $9M a year for the next three.
Next stop China?

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06 Jul 2018 19:02:41
I think it’ll be a Buyout and then they’ll stretch him.
Melo’s salary is 27.9 million. I could see him giving up 3.9 million and his salary being 24 million and then OKC stretching that over 3 years making it $8m per year.

06 Jul 2018 20:03:30
Someone will take Melo. He can still score. I'm curious what Melo does if contenders want him to come off the bench though.

06 Jul 2018 22:11:42
Trade him to the cavs with a 2nd for hill and Korver. Cavs are going to tank anyway right?

07 Jul 2018 00:30:47
Melo should go to pels.

07 Jul 2018 04:25:40
I think if they buyout it go against cap but not tax.

05 Jul 2018 08:07:07
Where I’d like to see the top remaining free agent point guards sign:

•Isaiah Thomas- Magic
•Tony Parker- Nuggets
•Yogi Ferrell- Suns
•Shabazz Napier- Hornets
•Jarrett Jack- Rockets
•Mario Chalmers- Blazers
•Devin Harris- Mavs
•Shane Larkin- Heat
•Ty Lawson- Grizzlies.

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05 Jul 2018 19:02:52
I see Napier or Thomas as a good fit for the nuggets. Maybe even Chalmers. Blazers have wade Baldwin and Seth curry not sure how much room they have for another veteran guard. Parker will remain a spur likely. Blazers will probably bring back connaughton too if nurkic takes qualifying offer.

05 Jul 2018 07:58:25
These super max contracts should be for superstars that can carry a team the suns are about to handcuff themselves to booker who can score can't defend and can't carry a team good luck

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05 Jul 2018 16:18:45
He’s not getting a supermax. Just the max.

05 Jul 2018 19:41:43
Max deals scale based on experience. His max deal isn’t the same as deals like curry, paul, or Westbrook.

Also, he’s a top 30 player. Each team can pay two max deals. So he’s a max player.

06 Jul 2018 15:01:45
He isn't a top 30 player.
He is an inefficient scorer, who isn't good at defense, doesn't do much else but score, and has led a team that was 4th worst, 2nd worst, and worst. He has never made an allstar game, never made an all nba or all defensive team. Simply scoring does not make you a top 30.

06 Jul 2018 20:10:23
He's improved his offensive efficiency the past 2 years, he's a good shooter and passer. He's good. It's hard to tell how good with how bad the teams around him have been the past 2 years, but if the Suns don't max him out someone will.

06 Jul 2018 23:28:41
His efficiency has improved each year (PER of 11 to 14 to 18). His rebounding and assists have gone up each year. His 3 point percent is up to 38%.

He's an elite scorer, and he's only 21. He has the skills to lead the NBA in scoring multiple times. That's a max guy.

And yes, simply scoring makes you a top 30 player if you're one of the best in the NBA at it.

07 Jul 2018 00:35:00
What team other than Phoenix would pay that kind of money he is a high volume shooter that doesn’t defend.

07 Jul 2018 19:43:02
Wiggins just signed a max. Lavine, Harris and Gordon just got 18 million. He's better than all of those guys. I think any rebuilding team with space would give up the max for them.

05 Jul 2018 03:58:25
LAL/OKC/CLE

LAL get Carmelo Anthony & OKC 2nd rd pick
- okay, eat Melo's one yr deal but got have plenty of space again for next season.

Pg Rondo/Ball
Sg Ingram/Hart
Sf James/KCP
Pf Anthony/Kuzma/Wagner
Ce McGee/Zubac

OKC get Kevin Love
- Westbrook's friend could be a better fit aling side PG. Also they save money with this trade

Pg Westbrook/Felton
Sg Roberson/Abrines
Sf George/Singler
Pf Love/Grant/Patterson
Ce Adams/Noel

CLE get Luol Deng, Terrance Ferguson, LAL 1st 2019, OKC future 1st
- take on Deng's contract but get a young SG who can develop on their rebuild and 2 future 1st rd pick

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05 Jul 2018 19:04:29
Laker have space for deng/ melo salary difference?

06 Jul 2018 00:20:04
Ok give up to much. If they are going to give up a first, they aren’t giving up Ferguson.

06 Jul 2018 15:07:57
OKC says no. They will only move melo if they can drastically reduce the salary. Currently he counts for something over 100 million between salary and taxes.

 


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