therealdeal wrote:The Lakers already said they're not rebuilding that way. They're going to look for experienced players to build around right now. Kobe doesn't have time to bring along a rookie, he needs proven talent.
That's the thing, I don't think Kobe would really have to bring him along. You don't think his Dad has been preparing him for this moment? Sure, there's things that you can only gain from personal experience, but, he's not going to be a normal wide-eyed rookie. He's the son of a former NBA player who also happens to be a top coach in the NBA today.
Is it more realistic for us to get Deron Williams for Gasol or for us to get a late lottery pick plus players for Gasol?
I'm not going to say Austin Rivers is on Deron Williams level. But, I think he could potentially provide a similar impact. Add that to the fact that you also get a couple of rotation players in the deal, you'd have to take it.