(my first post, nice website)
Here is our roster if Malone and Payton agree:
Point Guard- Gary Payton, D Fisher, G Pargo
Shooting Guard- Kobe Bryant, K Rush
Small Forward- Devean George, Luke Walton, R Fox (IR)
Power Forward- Karl Malone, Brian Cook
Center- Shaquille O'Neal, S Med
Total players under contract: 12
Active Players - 11 with Rick Fox on IR til Jan 04
Lakers will likely not carry more than 13 players, same as before.
Do you look to bring back Robert Horry or Mark Madsen?
Lakers still have some weakness in outside shooting and perimeter defense. We also have some young backup players at SG, SF (until Fox comes back), PF. We also do not have a good backup for Shaq though maybe Med and Malone would work for now.
Maybe it would good to get a pure shooter or possibly athletic perimeter players.
What about any of these free agents to fill our roster:
1) Erik Piatkowski - 6'6" 215lbs 33yrs â€™94 draft - G - 9.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 39.8% 3pt
HoopsHype: "A pure shooter ... Not a physically gifted one ... His points will always come from the perimeter â€¦ Struggles on defense."
2) Ira Newble - 6'7" 220lbs 28yrs - G/F - defensive minded guy - 7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 49.5% FG, 38% 3pt
HoopsHype: "Has athleticism â€¦ Likes to drive to the basket â€¦ The official defensive stopper in Atlanta."
3) Jumaine Jones - 6'8" 218lbs 24yrs 99â€™ draft - G/F - Cleveland probably won't resign him after the draft of LeBron...good overall game...plays multiple positions...do it all guy...could easily be higher on my list - 9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.4 apg
HoopsHype: "Able to play both forward positions â€¦ Explosive â€¦ Great in the open court â€¦ Has three-point shooting range â€¦ effective shooting from the corner â€¦ Pretty good rebounder â€¦ Tenacious defender â€¦ Should drive to basket more often â€¦ An underated player"
4) Donnell Harvey - 6'8" 220lbd 23yrs â€™00 draft - F - 7.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .4 bpg, 44.6% FG - good young post..active and athletic with long arms
HoopHype: "An impressive athlete with rebounding skills â€¦ His offensive game appears to be more polished â€¦ Can play the three frontcourt spots â€¦ Very inconsistent."
What do you guys think? I am still shocked that Malone would even suggest taking $1.5m LLE to free up the MLE for Payton.