last stand wrote:
therealdeal wrote:The problem is that Lin has been effective in flashes and if you're going to go ahead and spend on that kind of guy you've got to give him more than 20 games, you know?
oh i agree. had lin not had his nice little 38 point game recently i think this would have been a cake walk. that is the issue. it would depend entirely on if houston was convinced they made a mistake in giving lin the contract
boston is another option. they'd love pau, and they have bradley and green to send to utah.
i think you could convince boston to stroll out a
lineup. and i think utah could be convinced to take bradley and green as compensation for millsap.
honestly houston and boston are the only teams with the right combo of players for millsap. otherwise the lakers have to look for a different player
Yeah, the Houston coaching has definitely shown that they are not using Lin properly(making him into a spot up shooter) and that they don't know how to make Lin and Harden work together. Houston fans and their franchise are really high on him now, especially with that 38 point game, and he also had some good games where he pulled off double doubles or a near triple double, and he's still young and shows great potential. After the 38/7 game, the coaching staff said they are looking to fix how to make a Harden-Lin backcourt work and get Lin more involved as they weren't using him right.
We're spoiled by Kobe but 38 point games are pretty rare(most of the high scoring games pulled off are done by the same superstars i.e. Kobe, Jordan, Melo, Lebron, Durant etc) , and only elite players usually pull them off. There's only been a handful of players with 35 point+ games this young, especially twice, in the history of NBA. Almost all of them are elite names. This post shows all the statistics:http://forums.prosportsdaily.com/showpost.php?p=24683003&postcount=43
Only problem I see with him is, can he play on that level with other stars/superstars? He definitely has lots of potential though, and he's only getting paid a average starting PG salary(same salary as the Conleys, Mo Williams, George Hills of the league, so to live up to his salary he only needs to avg 12/6). Great project and potential star in the making imo.
Before his explosion that proved that he wasn't being used right(Lin is ball dominant and Harden is too, so they can't co-exist together, at least right now), I was suggesting:
Gasol for Lin + Parsons or Patterson, or Lin+ Greg Smith/Marcus Morris or both. Houston's been wanting Gasol forever.
Nash is a unknown, he's old and he's been injury prone before he went to Suns. He probably has a year or two left in his tank, if he does have any gas left at all. Nash/Lin PG rotation would instantly be the best in the league, and Lin can also play SG when needed to with Kobe shifting to SF since our bench is so bad. Combine Nash/Lin with D'antoni's system, and they should be extremely scary. Lin's getting a reputation as a solid defender with statistics to back it up. Nash can mentor Lin, and in the future Lin can take over the reigns as our PG.
The other pieces Houston can give us are all very valuable to the Lakers. They're all great role players who can strengthen the bench, and are probably better than any of our bench players right now. Parsons is the best one, he's a starting caliber SF who's a good all around player and versatile, can stretch the floor and hit the 3 consistently, and is better than MWP at all aspects except defense. Lin's recent game showed he can ball if he's given the right tools, but it also made it harder to trade for him. Given the potential he has shown, I'm sure Houston will want to keep him for at least a season or two to see how it works out. If not, Lakers should really push for this trade.