therealdeal wrote: Big Mamma Jamma wrote:
therealdeal wrote:^ The thing is, none of those guys are going to play anyway. They'd be a waste. For a combination of 10 minutes every 10 games, Powell and DJ are great. Especially since they are playing for the bare minimum.
You can never have enough good bigs especially if guys get in foul trouble, get injured or get suspended. Memphis waived Chris Mihm maybe he could come back. Haha!!!
Of course you can never have too many good bigs, but that's if there's no such thing as a cap and there's unlimited money flow. Right now, Mbenga and Powell are playing for the absolute minimum and they do a very good job of providing energy whenever they're needed. There's no need to replace them if they aren't really playing anyway.
TRD, of course I know there isn't unlimited cash flow. But these acquisitions would cost the Lakers the vet minimum based on is a sliding scale. My question to you then is why would Mitch explore options such as Smith and Gooden? The reason is because if one of those guys can make the team better then he will explore those options. Just because you think Benga and Powell do a "very good job" of providing energy, it may be quite possible that Mitch and Phil disagree with you. Even before the FA period began, Mitch was quoted as saying the Lakers needed to find a long-term solution at PG and another big. This was before the whole Ariza, Odom situations played out. After Bynum went down this year, Gasol logged a crapload of minutes. There really wasn't a viable backup that could give Gasol the rest he needed. The Lakers lucked out that no further injuries occurred.
Even if Benga and Powell aren't really playing there is the chance that an important cog or two could go down with an injury. Upgrading the bench with good vets that could fill in better than B and P is simply an insurance policy that in my eyes is very affordable if for the vet minimum.