marcelo wrote:Although Bogut and Biedrins are expiring, the problem is the tax the Lakers would have to pay because on one of these guys. If you don't consider that, of course it would be great. You keep your cap space for 2014 and still get a young piece (the very least, a very movable asset).
Savory Griddles wrote:marcelo wrote:Although Bogut and Biedrins are expiring, the problem is the tax the Lakers would have to pay because on one of these guys. If you don't consider that, of course it would be great. You keep your cap space for 2014 and still get a young piece (the very least, a very movable asset).
The Lakers can lessen their tax burden by amnestying MWP.
And to be honest, A starting 5 of Pau, Barnes, Kobe, Klay and Nash with Hill, Bogut and a mini-mle player off the bench has a puncher's chance at a ring if Barnes and Klay continue to develop in the offseason and we stay healthy. The chances of that team with Bogut and Nash staying healthy is slim to none, that's why I call it a puncher's chance.
denimPortugal wrote:I think he's gone. Unfortunately!
Pau will be our center without DH?
trodgers wrote:I think he's gone, and I'm not sure I care. If he's staying, I want an insanely motivated Dwight. And that would make me happy. If he's leaving, screw him.
last stand wrote:I've never seen laker fans as a whole so pessimistic
KareemTheGreat33 wrote:It's because Dr. Jerry Buss died... He always saved the day for us. We don't have that anymore. He was the "Lakers" players of not so distant past, wanted to play for...
Snakell Beast wrote:OK, assuming Dwight wants to leave, and it appears he does, the Lakers need to reconsider a sign and trade. Now, most of the deals involve players that are at best moderately attractive assets with longer term deals that would kill the Lakers flexibility for the 2014 – see Lin/Asik from Houston.
There is, however, a win-win situation available to the Lakers. Why not sign and trade Dwight to the Warriors. Now, most people have the Warriors offering Andrew Bogut with either Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson, or even both (laughable, but nonetheless people out there like to speculate pretty wildly) but this isn't the best deal to make.
I believe the Lakers should trade Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and Steve Blake to the Warriors for the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andres Biedrins, along with Brandon Rush, a resigned Carl Landry (with a team option in 2014), A resigned Jarrett Jack (team option in 2014) and next year's first round pick.
This deal works well because it allows Howard to play with a great young nucleus in California with the added security of the fifth year on his deal...it also allows the Lakers to use one deal to solve all of their roster issues, as well as leaving them with the financial flexibility to maintain their 2014 plans with two first round draft picks (in a deep and talented draft) and Kobe/Pau/Jefferson/Biedrins/Rush contracts expiring before next season as well as the ability to opt out of the contracts with Landry and Jack.
Howard would JUMP at this deal, because he would be playing on a team that included ALL THREE of the Warriors young nucleus (Barnes, Curry AND Thompson) as well as the ability to acquire assets (draft picks and a trade exception) from the Jazz for Andrew Bogut's expiring deal. The Warriors starting five of Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee and Howard would be serious contenders.
The Lakers might not be contenders, but they should make the playoffs with a roster of Nash, Kobe, Brandon Rush, Carl Landry and Pau Gasol, with Jarrett Jack, Jodie Meeks, Richard Jefferson, Jordan Hill and Andres Biedrins (along with their MMLE addition, Ryan Kelly and a few minimum deals rounding out the roster) as the bench unit.
Lakers Roster for 2014:
Nash / Jack / ???
Kobe / Meeks / ???
Rush / RJ / ???
Landry / Kelly / ???
Gasol / Hill / Biedrins
That is a roster that totally fits D'Antoni's system, is completely set up for flexibility in 2014 and that can actually make the playoffs this season...especially depending on the 3 or 4 players the Lakers added in free agency. What do you think?
Rooscooter wrote:I don't think we can receive any players in a "sign and trade".
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