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, to the Warriors for the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andres Biedrins, along with Brandon Rush 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.
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, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol, with 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 / ??? / ???
Kobe / Meeks / ???
Rush / RJ / ???
Hill / Kelly / ???
Gasol / Biedrins / Sacre
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 players the Lakers added in free agency. What do you think?
Last edited by Snakell Beast
on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.