borri wrote:Trading Pau now is NOT an option. We will be getting nothing but crap back, which would do nothing to help our chances just to make the playoffs.
Ride this sinking ship out. Pray D12 re-ups. Trade Pau this offseason as his 20 mil expiring will get a heck of a lot more.
Spot on. I still believe that the smartest move for the franchise is to wait for the offseason to move Pau. Personally, I have 100% faith that Dwight re-signs in LA. Extra year-more money-guarantee that after next season the entire franchise will be built around you-and its freaking LA!
Like I said before, though, if Charlotte's 1st rounder that is being mentioned is this year's pick UNPROTECTED, maybe I do the Gordon-Diop-1st -->Pau deal. Charlotte is currently sitting on the 3rd worst record in the NBA and only .013 percentage points from worst (Washington). AT WORST, that pick is top 5-7 if not possibly 1-3. According to Hoopshype, Gordon is on the books for $12.4 mil this season with a player option for next year at $13.2 mil (which is a no brainer he would pick up) and then expires after next season. Diop would be a $7.37 mil rental, as his deal expires this season.
So at worst, this deal could net you a lottery pick AND do nothing to jeopardize the "2014 plan". I believe (someone correct me if I am wrong) that Hill's IR status opens up the roster spot needed to do this deal. And Gordon/Diop's combined $19.772 mil would fall well under the 15% + $150k transaction requirement for Pau's $19 mil ($22 mil).
Thanks to anyone who reads this and feel free to point out any inaccuracies that I may not be aware of. Go Lakers!