jellyroll49 wrote:Would you really be happy with a middling team thats not good enough to win anything but not bad enough to land a potential all star in the draft? I understand the plan is to sign 1 or 2 max players next summer but theres no reason we should be putting all our eggs in one basket and not get the best possible young talent at a cost effective rate. I understand that it goes against everything for this franchise to tank but if we can move pau and nash at the deadline for picks, i dont see why we shouldn't. With a top 5 pick, one max player and Kobe, we'd be good enough to contend if we can put together complementing role players with it. We went all in last year and we missed. We can't go all in on next summer and miss. We need a backup plan. We need to get younger.
Okay, I'm going number off my reasons why I disagree. I've recently thought it might be insulting to some, but it's not I promise. It's just how I organize my thoughts.
1. Do you really think we're going to get a pick from one of those bottom feeding teams like Utah for Gasol and/or Nash? They have no reason to give us a pick for older guys. Especially Gasol. Gasol's value comes from being an expiring which is mostly only useful to rebuilding teams looking to dump salary. Those teams aren't going to want to give up a good pick because, well, they're rebuilding. Nash after his last season might be worth a couple of second round picks, but no one is going to give us a first round pick from a deep draft for an old, often injured Nash.
2. Do I personally think we'd be better off tanking? Yeah, maybe. But again, this team isn't going to be great any way. The expectations for this team have to be somewhere in the .500 range? That'd be good for missing the playoffs and maybe just out of the lottery, but a decent pick. And if they make the playoffs, well, we'll have a good time watching them because they'll be a group of guys we like and can cheer for.
3. This team with Gasol and Nash and Kobe wasn't going to be among the worst in the league. They won't be worse than Utah. They won't be worse than Toronto, Detroit, probably Charlotte, maybe Minnesota, Phoenix, maybe Portland, maybe New Orleans, Boston, Philadelphia, probably the Mavericks, Bucks, Hawks, Magic, probably Wizards... See what I'm saying? Since we can't/won't move Gasol, Nash, and Kobe we were ALREADY going to be out of the lottery. We might as well put together a team that we like and hope for the best.
4. This season is a win-win honestly at this point. They'll spend the year rebuilding the Laker brand after having Howard do something no one else has done. They'll spend time reminding people of why the Lakers are a destination to be desired. And as this happens the team might do well because chemistry is really going to click for this team. And they might do poorly because no one in their right mind would expect Kobe, Nash, Gasol, Kaman, Blake, and Hill not to miss SOME time and those are the most important pieces on our team.
If we're bad, great. We get a solid pick in the draft and go get some free agents. If we're good, great! We have fun watching a team succeed who loves being Lakers and we go get some free agents.