lotus wrote:I'm not sold on the 2014 plan. I don't think they will attract those big name free agents to come here and walk away from the extra year they can get from their current team. Especially considered the more restrictive CBA, I don't see how you can walk away from a $30MM final year because there's a possibility that next contract will not have that much to offer. If you point to dwight, he's the exception because, unlike the other potential free agents, he was looking for a home franchise and, let's be honest, his ego is larger than any other.
What I think is more likely to happen is that we will have plenty of cap space, Kobe will hold out until he sees what major free agents we can attract, we won't attract the prize free agent we thought, then the chips will fall and Kobe will have leverage to ask for a healthier deal than the pay cut people feel he should take (i.e. "Duncan Deal", Vet minimum), and we will be at risk of adding B level free agents and paying them more than we should, but our hand will be forced in order to save face and fill a roster the fans want to see and TWC is pleased with. If the 2014 and 2015 roster is Kobe, a couple of B level players, and a bunch of C level players, duck fo cover.
Then there's the dynasty-creating way Bryant could turn the Lakers around overnight.
All it takes is a 95% pay cut.
He could accept the veteran's minimum of $1.45 million for 2014-15, allowing the Lakers to sign two big-name guys next summer and set themselves up for another coup in the summer of 2015 with spending power to add another big-ticket player, when LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo could be free agents.
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