Lakerjones wrote: therealdeal wrote: lakersin4 wrote:
therealdeal wrote:^ Yes he could sign a one-year contract with the Clippers if he wanted to that amounts to about 19.5 million or so.
My scenario a while ago was for him to do that: sign a one year deal with a player optioned second. It's the only way I'd stay with the Clippers if I were him. It would FORCE them to continue being competitive or risk losing me to free agency.
In that scenario, he stays with the Clippers for a year and if they struggle again in the playoffs, he moves on and comes to the Lakers.
Either scenario is unlikely, but possible. I feel like if Paul were to take that 19.5 million he wouldn't stop there, he'd just take his giant contract. But that's just my opinion.
I don't see it.. CP3 is too injury prone to risk that. He's going to want atleast 3 years guaranteed this offseason.
I agree. I didn't say either scenario was likely, but if I were Paul that's what I would do. He's supposedly the greatest competitor in the sport today. Well then why give 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 years of my life, the prime of my career, to a team that's shown OVER and OVER again that they aren't willing to do what it takes to build a Champion?
^^ I'm with you realdeal. If I were Paul I'd sign with the Paper Clips for two years with a player option on the second. That gets him paid in full with a chance to sign in LA and team up with Dwight the next year. No way in hell I would stick with Sterling and his cheesy ways for longer than that. Even with his injury history there's no reason to stay with an owner you hate longer than need be. 19 million next year is large money. Get paid, but keep your options open. The Paper Clips would have no real choice but to take that deal - he holds the cards because he can just bail and leave them with nothing in return and looking like idiots for chasing off the best player they've ever had. At least they would get one more chance with him.
Exactly. There's two things at play here and it's clear what they are: winning and money.
Most players say they're about winning, but will sign the largest contract the moment they get the opportunity. Paul is clearly a very wealthy man. His injuries aren't anything to scoff at though and it's hard to turn down that kind of money. He'd be kicking himself for a long time if he gave up guaranteed 60 million dollars or something like that.
But mentally he'd be kicking himself forever if he took that contract and then never won a ring because of it. This is the PRIME of your career. Do you want to waste ALL of it in a situation you can't trust? I know I wouldn't. Same goes for Howard which is why if I'm the Lakers I try to put on a great face and pretend the family is all lovely.
As for your coaching point, here's my retort if I'm Mitch:
"I understand where you're coming from, but as an organization we don't turn tail so quickly on situations we get ourselves into. If you're asking me whether or not Mike is our coach long term, I can't answer that because I don't know. What I can say is that just as any other professional, he deserves a fair shot at his job. I know you can relate to that. If things aren't going smoothly, we've shown in the past that we're willing to make moves and we're willing to move on. Winning is our only priority here and it always will be. If we're struggling to start the year then we'll need to reconsider our positions, all of them. If not and we're winning ball games, then everyone should be happy."