lotus wrote:If D12 is smart, he bails to Houston. The Lakers have too much uncertainty.
1. If he's smart he takes the extra 30 million guaranteed dollars in his NBA contract.
2. If he's smart he stays in LA for the absolutely ridiculous marketing opportunities, business opportunities, and life opportunities.
3. What's so stable about him in Houston compared to LA? Does Harden/Lin give him more chance to win than anything here? In a season where we didn't have our starting 5 for more than 30 games we ended up with a better record than them.
the one the lost amidst all the fawning over houston's "potential" is that the lakers, in their worst season perhaps ever, finished 7th. houston had a dream season by their recent standards and finished 8th. la's got a much better track record in terms of building winners. houston has a theory of building winners with zero results since olajuwon left.
kobe's injury casts some doubt in my mind as to howard's return, but i'm still about 90% sure he's not crazy enough to take less money to play with harden and not much else. worst case scenario in la, he still gets to play with gasol and nash and only has to wait a year to reload. in houston, they'd be pretty much set with that roster for the foreseeable future, which would mean he'd have to believe they had a legit shot at winning the title NEXT season in order to be eager to jump there. i find that hard to believe.
as for the general subject of the thread, i'd like scott to replace mda. and while i wouldn't be excited about returning the roster, i see why they'd consider it. the team finished with the 2nd best record in the conference over the last half of the season. it wasn't pretty, but it was starting to work. if you can't get a good return on a pau trade this summer, why not just try it all again and hope for some health? it beats killing cap space for mediocre players and low picks.
as for roo's sour predictions for what can be done with that space: it hinges on kobe staying and demanding a ton of cash. if he does, that could be a problem. but i think if he's not the same guy, he won't demand big money. and if he is the same guy, he'll be worth the money, so it's not that big of a losing proposition.