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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby tigerjeterkobe on Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Fill it with more minutes from Kobe, Jamison, and Clark - for now.


What about guys like McGrady, Sasha, or Childress? One dimensional but would help the offense and create space for Dwight and Nash.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby karacha on Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:49 pm

We need Jamison and Clark to - gasp! - play the 5. Because we don't have Pau or Hill.

Kobe plays enough minutes as is. We just don't have anyone to really share the minutes at the SF with Metta.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby rock0100 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:28 pm

We should go after TMac or Redd as a backup SF for the rest of this year. Cant hurt us.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:06 pm

why the F we keep waiting on Bell, dude will never get bought out, #1 Utah is cheap as hell #2 Bell wants every dime out of his contract.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Frank Dux on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:29 pm

I'm pretty concerned that we've made it this far into the season without addressing the small forward debacle. I still think the FO made a mistake by putting too much trust in Ebanks. We're really missing Barnes' energy and hustle(not the bricked 3's though). I get that Barnes was a choker during our playoff runs, but so was the rest of the roster not named Kobe. Barnes at least gave us good production in the regular season, something we could really use right now.

With that said, a bench rotation of Meeks, Jamison, and Blake is not championship caliber. There's no athleticism coming off the bench and our 3 point shooting is something to be concerned about. Almost all of our shooters are streak shooters. Meeks, Jamison, and Artest can really pile it up, and are hard to rely upon. Our two pure shooters(Nash, and Blake) don't shoot enough(Nash has been improving in that aspect). Blake stands at the top of the key and desperately dumps the ball, shooting as a last possible resort.

With all of that said, the Laker's glaring need is an athletic "3 and D" small forward coming off the bench. Easier said than done, and at best we're looking at signing whatever's left of Raja Bell.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby hollywood swinger on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:59 pm

Raja Bell :hurl:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:07 pm

wonder where Mbenga is at? We could use his shot blocking abilities right now.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Balance&Options24 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:59 pm

Raja Bell - G/F - Jazz The Jazz and Raja Bell are reportedly close to agreeing on a contract buyout.
We've heard this one before. The reported agreement apparently hinges on Bell finding a contract offer from another team, but thus far, there have been no teams interested. The Lakers have been rumored to be sniffing around Bell's services since before the
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Raja Bell and Jazz have a buyout settlement in place, but it rests on Bell's ability to find a contract elsewhere. So far, still no takers.



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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby therealdeal on Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:52 pm

:man10:

I'm not sure if this is awful or awesome...

I thought he was a shoo-in here. Maybe we're not as interested as everyone thought? Agent rumors? :man10:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:01 pm

Pick him up.....

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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby themasterphil on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:11 pm

I am fine with any SF in this moment bc Metta is awful right now so YES to Bell....yes to any SF.. :jam2:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:13 pm

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Several sources believe the Jazz will keep Raja Bell simply so he doesn't sign with the Lakers. Utah and L.A. will compete for playoff spot.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakersin4 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:15 pm

I hope we make him an offer.. Anything to be able to cut down Ron's minutes.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:42 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
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Several sources believe the Jazz will keep Raja Bell simply so he doesn't sign with the Lakers. Utah and L.A. will compete for playoff spot.
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We are coming for you Utah, with or without Bell, your a** is wheat grass.


Utah would probaly do that even if they weren't in the playoff picture :man10:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby therealdeal on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:59 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
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Several sources believe the Jazz will keep Raja Bell simply so he doesn't sign with the Lakers. Utah and L.A. will compete for playoff spot.
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We are coming for you Utah, with or without Bell, your a** is wheat grass.

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As if Bell would be the deciding factor. But that's alright. F*** Bell. We don't need him.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:53 pm

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For what it's worth, Raja Bell has been telling players and friends around the league that he'll join the Lakers. We'll see if it happens.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Chillbongo on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:01 pm

:jam2: :bow:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Chillbongo on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:03 pm

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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby karacha on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:06 pm

Honestly, if we are not getting anyone else, let's get Bell. He knows how to play in this system, can play behind Metta.... We need someone to play some SG and SF anyway and this guy at least has a reputation of a defender. He can be dirty when necessary, Kobe endorses him, he can hit the 3.... why not?

Bell has done something in this league. I think there is no way he can screw things up. In the worst case, he'd just end up warming the bench. Last time he got minutes, he was an 8/3/2 player, shot close to 40% for 3, doesn't turn the ball over, can hit FTs, and only commits 2.5 fouls per game while playing respectable defense. I think taking him at this point is a no-risk move for us. And you know MDA can get something out of his role-players. If he can give us 7-8 ppg off the bench, defense and a 3-pter here and there, allowing our main guys to rest some more, it's a "do it, Mitch" move.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby GoldenKnight on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:10 pm

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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:11 pm

as long as he's cutting into Metta's minutes
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby karacha on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:13 pm

^

That is exactly what he would be doing.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:32 pm

hollywood swinger wrote:Raja Bell :hurl:

agreed. I do not want him!
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Lakerjones on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:33 pm

SF is a glaring weakness considering we have no one behind MWP. I'd be down to pick up Bell for the simple reason that D' Antoni will actually play him and wants him. He's not playing Ebanks at all and without Pau we are down to an 8 man rotation, which is really too short of a bench. I'd like to get a big, but at least in a crunch MWP can play at the 4. A small forward would be a good addition. At the very least pick up someone as we have the injury exception.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Chillbongo on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Ugh..I just realized. Another player on the wrong side of 30.

Dude is 36 :bang:
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