CarFlagChris wrote:This "tryout" the Lakers are conducting this year is the best option going forward, absent healthy superstars.
2014 is a better theoretical plan than anything real, especially as the Lakers can no longer spend wildly under the new CBA.
I don't think 2014 is a safe enough bet to throw away any moves we could make this season to take on salary. Unless you're getting Lebron, there's noone available unrestricted in 2014 worth offering max money. Melo isn't the answer but would be acceptable if we already land a star by taking on salary this season, which is my next point.. We have so much flexibility that we could have salary dumped on us & still be able to sign a big FA in 2014. I think it's too early to predict which teams will implode & dump talent for expirings & future picks or something, but we watched it happen with a few teams already & the CBA only gets more harsh as we go foward. Combine that with how good this draft is supposed to be & how many teams might dump talent with salary to tank..
Players I think we'll trade/might have value: Pau, Hill, Nash, any of our rookies that pan out would instantly become our best trade assets.. If Harris, Landry, Kelly or Sacre or whatever young guy makes our roster looks like a stud I have 0 doubt that he will be packaged most likely with expiring contracts to bring in an impact player. Hill probably has the most value currently to any tanking team, so a good start to the season for him would open up some options. Blake should have good value as it looks like he'll have a big role to start the season(to build his value?) & can be packaged with other expirings & young pieces.. The team I like to convince myself it's realistic to deal with is Toronto.. Mainly because they're the only team I could see considering trading for Nash.. A Nash homecoming could be a cash cow for them.. Hopefully they'd consider Lowry expendable with Nash incoming & give us Lowry & Gay + a bad contract or 2. Pau would be flipped to a 3rd team for pieces Toronto wants mostly, if we come away with anything good from the 3rd team that's a bonus. Lowry/Kobe/Gay/Hill/Kaman with Gay moving to the 4 some to work in Wes & Young. I really like that team & Lowry is expiring so we can still sign a max guy next season if Lebron wants to come join the GOAT. I also think if we put together a contender either this season or early in next offseason, we'll be at the top of Dirk's list if he decides to ringchase.. I can't see him joining up with another superstar besides Kobe.
I'm sure if most had to name 1 thing they would take back it would be the Dwight trade, but having all those 1st's we gave up for Nash would be great assets for a season like this.