Lets Go Lakers wrote:^^^^^^
Does that mean there is no chance he comes here? Because i'm assuming he will sign a max contract after this season either with the Clips or some other team and the only way to get him would be via trade?
If the Clips don't go deep into the playoffs, i can see him possibly leaving.
I've posted this in a few threads.
Paul becomes a free agent this season, meaning we have no chance at signing him outright and unless he demands a trade to the Lakers, there's very little chance of him coming here next season.
What I think has a real chance of happening though is Paul signing a shorter term deal, something like 2 years with a 3rd year option that allows him to gauge a team's actions. Whether he signs with the Clippers or elsewhere (I see it being the Clippers), I believe there's a chance he opts NOT to sign a long term deal in favor of a deal forcing his team to remain competitive. Will he turn down guaranteed 3 years and a whole lot of money for a ring? I don't know and I tend to doubt it, but he's a fiery competitor and he's not going to sit around his whole career losing just to earn some more money. We saw that when he wanted out of New Orleans because they weren't successful enough. If he signs that deal (possible but unlikely) he can opt out in 2014/2015 and sign a long term deal with the Lakers to play next to Dwight who will also be signed long term.
Here's the deal with LA: in 2014/2015 they'll have only (roughly) 31 million on the books. The cap is set at something like 52 million which means the Lakers have about 21 million to work with. That'd be enough for Paul's max contract in my scenario. Yes, that'd mean Paul and Nash on the same team for that season. There wouldn't be much room for other players though so it'd be difficult to fill out the remainder of the team for that season with anything except the mid level exception (they'd have the full MLE that season) and veteran minimum contracts.
Counting Paul out of the equation, the Lakers will have a run at the following who are scheduled to expire that season (assuming these players do not sign extensions): Paul Pierce, Avery Bradley
, Kris Humphries, Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions, Luol Deng
, Dirk Nowitski, Shawn Marion, OJ Mayo
, Andre Iguodala
, Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Andrew Bogut, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, Patrick Patterson
, Danny Granger, Monta Ellis
, Larry Sanders, Al-Farouq Aminu, Evan Turner, Marcin Gortat, Demarcus Cousins, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry
, Ed Davis, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, and John Wall
We could sign either one a few of those guys. Many of them are young and many of them would be much cheaper than Chris Paul. Say the Lakers signed Wall to a maximum contract: he'd sign for around 14 million dollars and the Lakers would have about 6 million to spend elsewhere before they even reached the cap limit. Say they signed a guy like Iguodala to a 12 million dollar deal (maybe not likely) and a guy like Lowry to an 8 million dollar deal. That'd give you Lowry/Nash/Iguodala/Howard and maybe a cheaper Gasol for your core in 2015.
Basically the Lakers are going to have a lot of options in 2015 and while Paul may not be one of them, there will certainly be some notable names available.
And just to further blow your mind, say the Lakers don't target Wall in 2014/2015 and instead let Nash play one more season while signing other swing men... The Lakers may have a shot at Kyrie Irving in 2015/2016.