Respect your 0.002 cents and appreciate the kind words, but I'm going to chime in with my dime cent.
We made Kobe the highest paid player for the next 2 seasons. You make that type of investment, not to validate a cable deal (but maybe they are), but to win now. You don't make that type of move just to distract the masses while you rebuild (but maybe they are).
Now with the Blake deal...here's what Kob said:
Not cool with @SteveBlake5 being gone AT ALL One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor GS picked up gem #smartmove—
Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 20, 2014
So what management states is that they try to make this move to bring along Marshall and Farmar. First of all, the Lakers passed on Farmar in the not too distant past, so I'm not buying that one. Secondly, Marshall appears to be the most useful when he has the ball in his hands. How does that play out when Kobe comes back? How does that play out when MDA gets axed?
You have a huge expiring in Pau. Normally what that does is get a disgruntled star or a 2nd tier star on a contract that the other team does not want to commit to.
What does LA do? LA targeted Bynum (expiring) and Okafor (expiring). In both cases, LA would have also saved substantial money. They wanted those pieces, but also wanted to sell the fans with "assets" that they can see here and now. But why trade expiring for expiring?
Its cause they were hoping for at least some GM to relent on a throw in. After all, that is how we discovered Shannon Brown. But why even go that route?
Obviously its for flexibility this summer and the immediate period afterwards....but then why re-up Kobe in the fashion they did if flexibility is the holy grail?
Truth is, the Lakers could have traded Pau for some assets on longer contracts that could have helped us contend right now, but a top pick and saving max money for "namers" is just too hard to turn down. After all, if they ain't "namers" the guys that run that cable company ain't happy.