dwighthowardsdad wrote:Now, check this out; he's averaging about 17 and 12 and 2 blocks. I just rounded it off; Now, if we sign him and this his is peak, we can always look to trade him. Even signed to a max contract, there will always be potential suitors for Dwight. So, if it doesn't work, and he's signed long-term, he can still be moved, IMO. We did it with Shaq. We'll do it with Dwight. There's always options.
You know, I do agree with your post for the most part. But here's my concern.
Let's say he doesn't become the player that he was in ORL, or even get most of it back. Or continues to have injury issues (all plausible, btw)...we signed him for a max contract based on his potential. If he doesn't live up to that potential or even 75% of it, his value declines greatly....and at that hypothetical point, we could look to trade him as you said, but would get much less in return.
How many teams are going to want to take on that Dwight's 3-4 years @ $60-80M? If we could trade him RIGHT now for a guy like K-Love (after medical clearance from our doctors), pieces and picks...pair him with Gasol for next year and then retool in 2014 with really only Nash on our books...that helps us compete now and later.
I understand your point with Shaq, but you don't really believe they were on the same level right? Shaq dominated. Absolutely dominated...even after toe injury and all. He still was a BEAST...still had more post-game than Dwight, was an anchor, and a great passer. He came motivated to win, and wasn't as mentally fragile. That's why we could do it with Shaq. And even STILL we got LO/Caron/Grant and some other pieces. Grant was a bust...Caron was underdeveloped....and LO was really the only solid return. But for Shaq? The MDE?
You make great points. I understand your concern. He can have setbacks and his value can decline rapidly. We might not get as much for him in the future as we can presently & that might be true. We took a calculated risk with Dwight; the Lakers did all their due diligence before we acquired Dwight. Now, grant it injuries do occur when you play in the NBA such as his torn labrum.
Nevertheless, the doctor who performed the surgery knows much more then all of us combined. Looking at Dwight's back objectively, the physician who performed the surgery such as his credentials, experience, etc; I would say, IMO, this is the worst Dwight we're going to see. I do believe his averages his points & rebounds will go up; We're not in a league where centers are that strong of a position anymore, so the competition Dwight faces isn't radically going to effect his numbers & effectiveness, IMO. If anything, I think he'll be ready to go next season and his value will increase, IMO. So, if we have to trade him for any reason, I believe we'll be okay.
I love being Lakers fan, and you know why? Because I like to think big and so do the Lakers and the late greatest owner Dr. Jerry Buss. I say that to say this; why can't we both have K. Love and Dwight Howard? K. Love doesn't want to be in Minnesota. He wants to be on a winning organization. We can snatch him up in free agency. Why? Because we epitomize a winning culture. That's what Kevin Love desires; that's why he's so frustrated in Minnesota, IMO. Even with the CBA, the Lakers will pay out the nose if they're winning championships.
They're paying an extra $30 million this year alone. The Time Warner deal is reportedly worth 3 billion dollars. We're one of the only two organizations in the league that operate in the black with estimated profits of 37 million dollars a year. We'll have Love & Dwight playing together, IMO.
No, Shaq isn't Dwight. We'll still get something, though if it comes to that. Mitch is a genius...