karacha wrote:Yes, this was a smart move:
1. We probably want to keep Marshall (Mitch himself said that Marshall has earned more time) and Farmar (who is an excellent bench player with good "motor" and athleticism, but not able to sustain heavy minutes).
2. Next, we are trying to find a guy to play behind Kobe. We know exactly what Meeks brings, but I think re-signing him is unlikely. He's strictly a shooter. Maybe we could get a solid athletic defender instead.
3. We'll try to re-sign Henry, who will obviously be cheap and has shown nice potential, and Young - who is fantastic off the bench in a scoring role - if the price is right.
That's all I can see right now. Wes is in a limbo at this point, who knows what happens with him. So, we either find another diamond in the rough, such as Manny or one of these two young guys, or we sign a vet cheap for just 2014/15.
Finally, we either draft a big, or a dynamic wing player and develop him together with Marshall and maybe Henry. Anyone agree?
We've been going on scouting trips all season long with these young guys. Jordan, Henry, Young, Johnson, Meeks, Marshall, Sacre, Kelly, Williams, Harris, now Bazemore and Brooks. All of these have been auditions not just for the Lakers but for these guys to make it in the NBA with SOMEONE. We knew what we had in Blake: an older PG with a lot of fire and even more injuries. He's a great guy, but not a key to rebuilding. He gave us a couple more auditions and that's a good thing. He also cleared space for Jordan and Marshall to figure their stuff out and see if they can be our PGs next season.
Say the Lakers take a pick above Exum (maybe they don't even like Exum) and we get a wing player like Parker or Wiggins. Can Marshall/Farmar carry us at that spot or do we need more help?
Maybe Bazemore turns into that athletic defender we need along the perimeter assuming Wes leaves. Maybe Brooks turns into a cheaper Nick Young if Nick gets a great offer somewhere else. I don't see the downside to this trade at all.