Sky wrote:Joe - imo the past plans to clear cap room are part of the reason why they won't do it now. What happened to those plans? Got scrapped when the targeted players re-signed.
I think this is why LA won't clear cap room, here's the scenario. JO is traded to New York. KG signs an extension. Brand signs an extension. Now here are the Lakers with the most notorious gunner matador in the league in Antawn Jamison, and cap room that does them absolutely nothing. JO, KG and Brand are easily tied up, then what? That's why they don't go the cap room route.
A cap room plan for summer 2009 makes sense. Summer 2008 does not. If they want to get Kobe help they're going to have to do it the hard way: intelligent give to get trades, smart drafting, effective use of the MLE. There are no shortcuts.
I'll play devil's advocate. With a cap plan for '08, you at least have flexibility. There's nothing that says you have to use it all in '08. You can use it all, use a portion and carry over the rest, or stand pat and carry it over to '09. Plus, as you noted, many things have to go wrong for the cap plan to fail (which would only force carrying over to '09 rather than completely destroying your chances), while many things must go right for the trade option to succeed. Given the option, I go with the former.
While we're talking risk, assuming JO is the guy (and that's my assumption... I think KG is still pipe, and Gasol isn't the right fit), isn't building your team around a big 3, two of which are extremely injury prone, a huuuuuuuge risk? What's the fallback plan there? That doesn't even take into consideration the possibility of being forced to take back Tinsley (which you just know will happen... it's Mitch, right?). Now, you've got 3 of 5 starters that are extremely injury prone, one of which you didn't really want but were forced to accept to get the guy you really wanted... well, not really, but he was the best available. Just doesn't seem like a solid foundation to me. Seems mucho risky, IMO.
By the way, correct me if I'm wrong, but if we had stuck to that original cap plan, we'd be a player in this year's FA, no? So, it's not really the original cap plan that makes 'em scared of a new cap plan, it's the fact that they couldn't follow a plan which scares 'em. Makes sense.