therealdeal wrote:Here's the thing and I want everyone who says "LeBron isn't leaving" to make me an argument:
If Carmelo signs in LA, Kobe and Gasol re-sign and leave enough room for a max contract, how does that not at least INTEREST LeBron?
How does that not at least look amazing on paper? In fact, how does that not look better than Miami? Wade barely makes it through the year anymore and Bosh has become a shadow of his former self because he's so underutilized. The Heat are tied to a bunch of old farts who are injury prone and could break down any moment. If that team struggles like they've been to the Finals 3 years in a row and are tired...
How does a core of Kobe, Gasol, and Carmelo not at least look like a damn good place to be for the next few years? If I'm LeBron, I'd have to seriously consider that. Add that to the fact that it's LA and his brand would get even bigger internationally. Add that to Nick Young coming off the bench in a sixth man role. Maybe we can get Hill, Jordan, and Wesley to stick around and we're looking at possibly a younger version of the bench they've got in Miami to go with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Draft a PG with our 1st rounder and we're talking about:
Does that not look amazing to anybody?
Well to start, if Lebron wins another ring, he's not leaving Miami plain & simple.. I don't care if we sign Melo AND Paul George, & get them to take paycuts so Bron can still get the Max.. You don't leave a team you just had a 3peat with & made it to the finals 4 years in a row.. If Miami wins, I think the only chance of Lebron leaving is some freak injury ending Bosh or Wade's career or something crazy like that..
To your next point.. I don't think we get Kobe & Gasol to agree to contracts until after we're done in free agency.. We renounce their rights & tell them, we're going to go get as many stars as we can, & you guys are free to decide how to split the remaining cap room between you. Just making it known to the media & players we're going after that they're going to come back for whatever is left will be enough, we'll sign them last..
I hope it goes like this.. & I'm sure I'll get flamed for not wanting Lebron.. But I think Lebron winning another ring gives us a better chance at getting 2 stars:
- Lebron wins another ring..
- Melo sees that he has no chance to make it to the finals with Lebron in his conference & says he'll come to the Lakers..
- Next we have a disappointed Paul George, who couldn't get by The Superfriends even with a healthy Granger returning this season.. We have his idol Kobe reach out & say "hey man, me, Pau, & Melo really want to bring you here & take you to the next level, we believe you can be 1 of the all time greats". Indiana hasn't been willing to pay the luxury tax at all & there's no indication that they're changing that policy, so with them retaining West, pretty much their only way of signing George to a Max deal will be to let Granger walk & maybe even lose Stephenson unless they can get him to take a discount. What chance does George have to beat Lebron with the same team he's had, minus Granger & possibly Stephenson? I think he could convince Indiana not to match a max offer for him.. It might end up being a sign & trade where we give up whoever we selected with the 2014 1st + a couple 2nd rounders, but whatever, as long as we get George. They'd probably prefer letting George go to gutting their team to keep him, only to have him walk for nothing as soon as he can become a free agent.
- George has been in the league for less than 6 seasons so his max deal starts at 13 or 14M I believe. Hopefully we can sell Melo on taking less than the 19.1M Max too. Tell him we want to bring Kobe & Pau back & can't do that with him making 20M. Start the offseason by getting Melo & George with their 1st years combining to about 30M.
- Now we have some tough decisions to make.. You know Kobe probably feels like that's enough firepower for him & Pau to split the remaining 30+M & still win. & he's probably right. I'd still love to bring in Dirk & a great rim protector like Larry Sanders though. If Dirk is willing to take a bigger paycut than Pau, like maybe even coming for the minimum after we've already built a superteam, I'd have to let Pau go get his money somewhere else.. With either Pau or Dirk, + Melo or George having to spend some minutes at PF, I think it's much more important to add that rim protector, especially a guy like Sanders that can play either PF or C.. We saw it in the Indiana/Mia series.. Hibbert came out of the game & Lebron went straight to the rim & took the life out of them.. Sanders has shown very little improvement on the offensive side & will probably be had for much less than he's worth.. I'm hoping we can steal him on a deal starting at 5-7M. I think he can be as important for us as Ben Wallace was for the Pistons..
- We finally added some good young roleplayers this offseason, & hopefully we're able to retain them next year. Farmar, Young, Johnson.. I want all these guys back if possible, in addition to Hill.. But it might come down to choosing between Hill & Gasol. So we're looking at a rotation that looks like:
Melo/Dirk/Hill or Pau/Kelly?
Sanders/Hill or Pau/Sacre
Absolutely love that team.. Hope we could add a good cheap 3 & D PG to replace Nash.. But no doubt that team wins a chip every season until Kobe decides to retire.. I think he could go 4-5 more seasons pacing himself & end up with 8-9 rings & become the all time scoring leader.