Now before you begin reading this, I am not an NBA analyst and do not completely understand how the cap works. I will try to keep it somewhat short as I try to go through the Lakers current situation and possible future plans for the off-season.

Currently, for the next season 2008-9, the Lakers owe the following players as follows –

Kobe Bryant – $21.26 million
Pau Gasol – $15.08 million
Lamar Odom – $14.6 million
Vladimir Radmanovic – $6.05 million
Derek Fisher – $4.7 million
Luke Walton – $4.42 million
Trevor Ariza – $2.91 million
Andrew Bynum – $2.77 million
Chris Mihm – $2.50 million
Jordan Farmar – $1.08 million

Therefore, the Lakers have ten players under contract. The Lakers current salary is $75.37 million. The salary cap should be roughly $58 million this year if it follows a general trend. The luxury cap should be about $70 million. So we can see the Lakers are already over the luxury threshold. This doesn’t even include resigning Sasha or Ronny.

If I understand this correctly, the Lakers can continue to increase their payroll by offering a free-agent the MLE which is roughly $6 million per season for up to five years. If the Lakers can land Sasha and Ronny for a combined 7 million in 2008, that would be considered a good deal in my mind. That would put the Lakers at above $82 million, however. The Lakers could use the MLE and a LLE to get above $90 million, but I really just can’t see Mitch doing it.

And, if we look at the free-agents available, only a hand-full make sense to try to land. It’s unrealistic to target an Arenas or Josh Smith. At $6 million, the best players that the Lakers could land include: Maggette, Diop, Posey, K. Thomas, Pietrus, R. Davis, Livingston, Kwame, B. Barry, Nachbar, Arroyo, Duhon, Najera, G. Green, J. Williams, J. Howard, J. Hayes, Horry, J. Jomes, Finley, Pargo, Cassell, Magloire, Rush, Giricek, Ross, and others. There are others that are restricted free-agents, but are less likely.

Now there are some great players there, but many don’t fill the Lakers needs. Maggette, Pietrus and Posey I feel are the best available, but we already have potentially Lamar, Luke, Vlad, and Ariza who play the same positions as them. Nachbar would also be a good fit for the triangle, but is part of that SF log jam.

Diop and Thomas could be great backup centers, but with Mihm choosing to stay in L.A., we don’t really need another big man. If the Lakers are to make any moves, it should be at the guard. If Kobe went down, we don’t really have a SG to come in. Sasha is great off the bench, but not as a starter. If Fisher or Farmar went down, we don’t have a backup PG.

Therefore, I think the Lakers need to bolster up the backcourt. I think Duhon is a great player for this team because he can hit threes and he plays great defense. Arroyo and Pargo would work off the bench as well. As for the SG spot, I think Giricek is a perfect fit for this team. We could split the MLE to land 2 of these players or even use the veterans exception to get a player like Livingston with minimal risk.

Of course, these are all if’s and I’m not sure that Mitch wants to spend that much.

In the end, I don’t expect the Lakers to do much. I would be happy with a guard addition of 2-3 million with last years squad. I’d also love to see the Lakers try to work a sign and trade with the Bulls to get Deng (restricted FA) and Hinrich (1 of their 5 combo guards) in a package for Lamar.

  • MILO

    Gerald Green signed with dallas,Josh Howard would be nice!!!

  • lskerfan567

    this is what i’ve been talking back ever since i found this website,

  • MILO

    oh yea! Fluke and Vlady have to go! Lakers can use their sallary space for someone consitant!Ron Artest fu-cked up im disapointed in the guy!!!

  • cummlaker

    I dont want posey especially for the full level mid it makes no since with the guys we already have at that spot. definitely resign turiaf and sasha whos roles are defined and if not for a blown game 4 the laker boston series would have gone 7.believe it or not if we could get kwame brown for 2-3 mil i think that would be a terrific pickup from a defensive presence back up center. as terrible as his offense is he does play good one on one defense that the lakers could use to back up bynum. i dont think the lakers trade odom unless they see it not working by the trade deadline of next year where his contract will be extremely valuable. other then that im pretty happy with the same team going into next year if we can just stay healthy.

  • Sako

    Lamar for Deng and Hinrich would be nice.

  • ricky

    OKAY SO HERE IS THE DEAL. I SAY WE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DO OUR BEST TO RE-SIGN SASHA AND RONNY AT ANY PRICE NECESSARY UNLESS ITS TOTALLY ABSURD. HOWEVER, I HAVE A GOOD FEELING BOTH WILL RETURN SINCE SASHA MADE IT CLEAR AFTER GAME 6 LOSS THAT THE LAKERS WOULD RETURN AND WIN IT ALL NEXT SEASON. WITH THOSE 2 LOCKED UP, WE CAN THEN FOCUS ON F.A. SIGNINGS.

    HERE ARE A FEW TOP CHOICES OF MINE. WE NEED TO BOLSTER THE FRONT COURT AND BACKCOURT TO HELP DEEPEN OUR BENCH AND LOOK FOR MORE EXPERIENCED VETERANS.

    FORWARDS/CENTERS
    1. YOU MAY ALL THINK IM CRAZY AND MAY HATE ME FOR SAYING HIS NAME, BUT I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT BRINGING KWAME BROWN BACK TO L.A. I THINK THAT IF HE DOES NOTHING BUT BE A BACKUP FOR BYNUM AT CENTER/FORWARD AND JUST HELP US WITH MORE SIZE AND STRENGTH DEFENSIVELY, BANGING INSIDE AND BLOCKING SHOTS, IT WOULD BE WORTH GIVING HIM A MINIMAL CONTRACT AND I BELIEVE PHIL STILL LIKES HIS DEFENSE AND SIZE INSIDE.

    2. PJ BROWN IS A VETERAN WHO WOULD BE A GOOD ADDITION, HE COULD PROVIDE SIZE, EXPERIENCE, AND A NICE JUMPER. BUT NOW THAT HE HAS A RING, I WOULD THINK HE WOULD RETIRE OR JUST STAY WITH BOSTON SINCE THEY HAVE A GOOD TEAM ALREADY.

    3. BRIAN SKINNER, HE CAN STILL PLAY AND HAS GOOD EXPERIENCE. HE DID WELL FOR PHOENIX BUT DOESNT LOOK LIKE HE WILL RETURN, WE COULD GET HIM AS ANOTHER BIG BODY TO PLAY C/F WHERE HE CAN HELP WITH REBOUNDS AND DEFENSE.

    GUARDS/FORWARDS
    1. COREY MAGGETTE WOULD BE A HUGE ADDITION TO THE TEAM. THOSE WHO SAY WE DONT NEED ANOTHER SCORER OR HE’S NOT A DEFENSIVE PLAYER, IT DOESNT MATTER TO ME, HE IS ONE OF THE BETTER F.A. AVAILABLE AND IF YOU CAN GET HIM FOR MLE, THEN ITS A STEAL. HE WOULD BE SWEET OFF THE BENCH IN A GINOBILI-TYPE ROLE. HE CAN RUN WITH THE BENCH MOB AND HE WOULD BE OUR MAIN OFFENSIVE BENCH PLAYER WHO DRAWS THE ATTENTION AND LEAVES THE OTHERS OPEN. HE IS ALSO A GREAT SLASHER WILLING TO TAKE IT HARD TO THE RIM AND IS A VERY GOOD F.T. SHOOTER.

    2. JAMES POSEY, ANOTHER DEFENSIVE ACE WHO CAN PLAY LOCK DOWN DEFENSE AND CAUSE LOTS OF TROUBLE FOR THE OPPONENTS. HE PLAYS ROUGH AND THAT WOULD GIVE THE LAKERS THE EDGE THEY NEED TO GET FARTHER IN THE SEASON/POST SEASON. ON TOP OF THAT, HE IS A TOP NOTCH KNOCK DOWN SHOOTER WHO HAS 3 POINT RANGE. HE IS LIKE A YOUNGER, BIGGER, STRONGER, BRUCE BOWEN BUT A BIT LESS DIRTY. BOWEN IS A PUNK TO ME.

    3. MICKAEL PIETRUS, NOT MENTIONED MUCH, BUT ANOTHER GOOD DEFENDER AND HAS 3 POINT RANGE AS WELL. HE IS ATHLETIC AND CAN GET UP, WHICH IS WHY HE IS CALLED “AIR FRANCE”. HE IS YOUNGER THAN MAGGETTE AND POSEY, BUT NOT AS CONSISTENT. THAT MAY CHANGE WITH MORE PLAYING TIME THOUGH, SINCE HE WAS WASHED OUT IN G.S.

    4. QUINTON ROSS, A SMALLER G/F CAN PLAY GOOD DEFENSE AND WAS THE CLIPS BEST PERIMETER DEFENDER UNTIL BECOMING A F.A. THIS SUMMER. HE IS A CHEAP COMMODITY IF THE LAKERS WISH TO PURSUE HIM. HE IS QUICK AND CAN HELP GUARD THE SMALLER PG’S LIKE IVERSON AND HE HAS A DECENT MID-RANGE JUMPER/MID-RANGE GAME.

    5. MO EVANS, I LIKED MO EVANS WHEN HE WAS ON THE TEAM. HE PLAYED WELL OF THE BENCH FOR US PROVIDING US WITH ENERGY, DEFENSE, AND HUSTLE. HE HAS A MUCH IMPROVED SHOOTING TOUCH AND A PERSON WHO IS ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH THE TEAM/SYSTEM. HE IS ONE OF MY FAV ROLE PLAYERS OF THE BENCH.

    6. BRENT BARRY WHO WE CAN OFFER THE VET’S MINIMUM TO IF WE PURSUE HIM. HE IS STILL A RELIABLE 3 POINT THREAT AND CAN GET HOT ANY TIME BEHIND THE LINE. HE HAS KILLED US A FEW TIMES WITH HIS DEADLY LONG RANGE GAME. PLUS, HE CAN PLAY SOME PESKY AND SAVVY DEFENSE SINCE HE WAS ON ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE TEAMS THE SPURS WHO HE HELPED WIN THE TITLE WITH. TO ME, HE’S A SOLID VETERAN THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED.

    7. CARLOS ARROYO. FUNNY HOW SUCH A GOOD YOUNG GUARD DOESNT GET MENTIONED MUCH. HE CAN PLAY PRETTY WELL AND THE BEST PUERTO RICAN PLAYER I KNOW OF LOL. HE CAN KNOCK DOWN THE JUMPER AND HAS SOME QUICKNESS. WE CAN USE HIM AS A PICK AND ROLL/PICK AND POP GUY WITH PAU/BYNUM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIS MID-RANGE GAME. I WOULD CONSIDER HIM AN OPTION.

    NOT MANY BIGS TO CHOOSE FROM BUT I SAY OUR TOP PRIORITY IS TO RETAIN SASHA AND RONNY, THEN PERHAPS TAKE A CHANCE AND GIVE KWAME A 2ND CHANCE SINCE HE IS THE BEST CHOICE OF THE 3 LISTED ABOVE WHEN CONSIDERING HIS AGE, SIZE, STRENGTH, AND DEFENSE. I MEAN, DEFENSE IS WHAT WE CAN USE HIM FOR AND “IF” HE CAN DO SOME THINGS OFFENSIVELY, THEN IT WOULD BE A PLUS AND WE CAN OFFER HIM A LOW LEVEL DEAL. ALONG WITH KWAME, I WOULD CONSIDER EITHER AIMING FOR MAGGETTE, POSEY, EVANS, OR PIETRUS. THOSE ARE THE 4 G/F THAT I WOULD PURSUE HANDS DOWN. WITH SO MANY TEAMS UNDER SALARY CAP STRESS, THE BEST THESE F.A. CAN REALLY GET IS THE MLE SO WHY NOT JOIN AN ALREADY STRONG CONTENDER FEATURING KOBE, PAU, ODOM, AND BYNUM AND POSSIBLY GET YOURSELF IN GOOD POSITION TO BE WORLD CHAMPS.

    I SOMETIMES JUST WONDER WHAT THESE F.A. THINK ABOUT, I MEAN ITS GOOD TO MAKE LOTS OF MONEY, BUT ITS NOT LIKE THEY CANT TAKE A PAYCUT FOR A BIT. THE GOAL IS TO BE A CHAMPION AND WIN WIN WIN. THATS WHY NO OTHER PLAYER IS AS FOCUSED, DETERMINED, AND AS TALENTED AS KOBE THAT I HAVE SEEN SINCE IN A WHILE. THESE GUYS JUST DONT GET IT. BY SIGNING WITH THE LAKERS, YOU STILL MAKE VERY GOOD MONEY IN A NORMAL PERSON’S POINT OF VIEW AND YOU GET A SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP, NOW THATS ICING ON THE CAKE FOR ME. I WOULD RATHER BE SLIGHTLY RICH AND BE CROWNED CHAMP THAN BE SUPER RICH AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR MY TALENT AND BEING A PRO IN THE NBA.

  • BringDFishBack

    Let me start off by saying I’ve done things similar to this for 3-4 years and there are few things about the cap and such that I don’t understand. First off, I’m 99% Livingston can’t be signed using the veterans exception, because the player either has to be a certain age or been in the league for a certain period of time. The point of the exception is for the league to help veterans get a paycheck by paying for part of the contract (I think it’s 1.6 mil, league pays 600K and the team pays 1 mil). Second, I somewhat agree with you. I definately don’t think they should sign some big free agent. The last thing they need is for Maggette to come in and complain about touches or playing time. There is absolutely not use for another SF to add to the 3-4 they already have. While signing a guard is the best option, there’s one reason I don’t like it. It shouldn’t take away playing time from Fisher, Kobe, Farmar, or Sasha (if he’s back). Someone to have incase one of those guys gets hurt is great, but that’s pretty much the only time that player should be used and that’s why I don’t really like it. I think they should be fine. If one of the point guards gets hurt Kobe can definately play point and Sasha can certainly try (although I swear 95% of the time he brings the ball up the court the Lakers possession ends in a turnover). If needed Odom can bring the ball down. If Sasha goes down, Farmar and Fish can play together at the 2 guards. Ariza could also slide down and play a little SG. If Kobe goes down they’re in trouble anyway but I think Ariza would be a good fit to start in his place, he’d be the guy to defend the other team’s best wing player and he’ll take the ball to the basket. I really think they are fine and can deal with a minor injury. However if there is a big one where the player will be out 30+ games, I think they should then go out and get someone.

    Now if Sasha doesn’t come back, it’s a different story and they just need to find a shooter to replace him, which isn’t that hard.

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    just posey…
    he already agreed to come here
    just sign him next week!!

    its our best choice..

  • Motown

    Posey is necessary because of his Defense, he is a major upgrade over Radmanovic for this reason, and is also pretty underrated at knocking down the 3. I think Sasha is not worth more than $m a year, if he rolls we should try Kareem Rush on the minimum as i loved him when he was a Laker, he hit some huge 3’s for us. Kwame would be an interesting signing, defensively he wasn’t too bad, but offensively a bust, so in a back up role he wouldn’t be too bad, just not good enough to start he just needs to have a better work ethic.

    We just need to decide on a solid rotation for our SF’s and then try to get rid or what we don’t need [Luke and Radmanovic]

  • mauriceaj

    I think Magette would be the best free agent to sign, and he can play the SG spot as backup for Kobe, and he can also be a SF starter, Lamar at PF, and Gasol at C.

  • Shaq786

    Ricky, you speak with your mind bro!>… here talk with heart and don’t think here… I love all you fans, but for real, stop to think once in a while

    ok that being said…. SIGN KWAME FOR L.L.E (roughly 2 mil a year) he is a huge body that has helped us big time on defense… ILL GO AS FAR AS SAYING THIS… IF WE HAD KWAME TO GAURD PERKINS AND LAMAR WAS ABLE TO CONTAIN PIERCE, WE WOULD HAVE WON!… we had huge mismatches in the post… garnett>pau… and perkins was man handling lamar in the paint…. KWAME IS HUGE DEFENSIVE PF/C and a great one at that!… he just sucks on offense, which is ok, since he longer will be getting 9 million/year from us

    now… posey or maggette???… although maggette is inferior on defense, he isnt that bad either…. but, here is the catch HE IS GREAT AT GETTING TO THE LINE, BUT HE CANT SHOOT THE 3 BALL… maggette is obviously is the better player here.. last off season i bet you half the people here couldn’t spell posey, hahah… but on the real, it comes down to… WHO FITS OUR TEAM’S NEED MORE?… POSEY!… but don’t ever think posey is going to be a starter on this team… NOT HAPPENING, WHEN WE HAVE LAMAR… PLUS POSEY IS 31, AND HAS BEEN A BENCH PLAYER IN ALL HIS CAREER, THAT ISNT GOING TO CHANGE… he will be more effective that way… if we can sign him for 4 mill/3-5 year contract… DO IT…. i dont think he is worth full MLE though…. i would consider 4.5, but thats the top!

    as much as i will get dogged on for this…. sasha needs to leave if he is asking a MLE type contract…. if we can get both him and ronny for 7… do it!…. ronny isnt worth more than 3 a season…

    so there it is….peace you all!

  • SliqRiq

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    Definitely agree with both yours and Ricky’s post!!!!
    We need Kwame back for defensive purposes inside

  • Daryl Imhoff

    I like this site because this forum gives the fans a place to express themselves. No one here is going to be a general manager or make the actual decisions on who to sign, but that does not mean we do not care.
    We all care about the Lakers and want them to be back on top. We are happy when things go well and unhappy when they don’t. Expressing yourself about your team is what being a fan is about. Some of the ideas are well informed and others are not, but so what! Go ahead and let the world know you care about the Lakers. I always enjoy reading the ideas because they express passion and caring for the Lakers.
    Remember players come and go, head coaches come and go, as do owners and general managers, but we fans are here for life. No one pays us any money to care about the Lakers. We are the backbone of sports so be proud of your dedication and caring and most of all enjoy it.
    Thank you for LAKER NATION and thanks for caring.

  • Smush Walton

    Our top priority should be to get rid of Smush Walton and Vlad Moronovich. These two are absolutely worthless – MAJOR LIABILITIES on the floor. We need to do whatever it takes to unload these losers.

  • kyle prereira

    how bout we get josh smith a man that helped take his team to a game 7 against thos damm celtics. that would be the best choice a big man thaty can finish and plays defense as well. james posey wornt hurt he does play d as well and can strecth the court with his perimeter shooting

  • ricky

    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AROUND ONLINE AND I HAVE SEEN HEADLINES THAT READ “MAGGETTE CLOSE TO DEAL WITH SPURS”. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT IF THE SPURS CAN LAND MAGGETTE, THEY WOULD BE A HELL OF A TEAM. THEY LACKED OFFENSE AGAINST US AND IF THEY SIGN HIM, THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL GET FROM HIM. HE COULD EITHER START AT THE SG SINCE THEY USUALLY HAVE GINOBILI COME OF THE BENCH OR THEY CAN SWITCH IT AROUND THE OTHER WAY. I THINK IT WOULD BE HARD TO SEE THE SPURS PUT BOWEN ON THE BENCH SINCE HE IS THEIR STARTING DEFENSIVE ACE, THEY DONT WANT TO GIVE THAT UP.

    “IF” MAGGETTE DOES SIGN WITH THE SPURS, WATCH OUT! I JUST HOPE MITCH IS DOING HIS BEST AND IS AGGRESSIVE IN SIGNING EITHER POSEY OR PIETRUS NOW THAT MAGGETTE LOOKS LIKE A CLOSE LOCK UP FOR THE SPURS. I THINK THAT WHAT MITCH IS MOST CONCERNED WITH FIRST IS BRINGING BACK SASHA AND RONNY, THEN GO AFTER A F.A.

    BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, I HAVE THE BEST IDEA AND I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS SUPPORTERS BACKING MY IDEA. SURE WE COULD USE POSEY, PIETRUS, MAGGETTE, ETC… HOWEVER, I THINK IF THE LAKERS THINK ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE RECENT PAST AND RE-SIGNING JUST 2 GUYS IN PARTICULAR, I THINK WE WOULD BE EVEN STRONGER AND POSSIBLY BETTER OFF.

    THE 2 PLAYERS THAT I HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR HAVE BEEN KWAME BROWN AND MO EVANS. I THINK THOSE 2 WERE GOOD FOR US. THINK LOGICALLY, WHEN KWAME WAS HEALTHIER 2-3 YEARS BACK WHEN WE WERE 3-1 VS PHOEINIX IN THE PLAYOFFS, HE WAS THE BEST ALL AROUND I HAVE EVER SEEN HIM. HIS DEFENSE WAS SOLID AND HE CAN BE A VERY GOOD BACKUP TO BYNUM AND PAU AT THE C/F SPOT. HE COULD PROVIDED US WITH A REAL SOLID BIG BODY WHO CAN BANG INSIDE, REBOUND, BLOCK SHOTS, AND JUST PLAY DEFENSE AND ANYTHNG WE GET FROM HIM OFFENSIVELY WOULD BE A BONUS. HE JUST NEEDS A BETTER ATTITUDE AND WORK ETHIC AND IM SURE HE CAN IMPROVE EVEN SLIGHTLY WITH ALL THE OTHER GOOD PLAYERS WE NOW HAVE. I THINK HIS DEFENSIVE PRESENCE ALONE OFF THE BENCH WOULD BE HUGE. THE OTHER PLAYER I KEEP HARKING ABOUT IS MO EVANS. HE IS ONE OF MY FAV BENCH PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE. HE COMES OUT EVERY NIGHT AND PLAYS HARD. HE CAN DEFINITELY PROVIDE US WITH ENERGY, ATHLETICISM, DEFENSE, HUSTLE, AND HE HAS A MUCH IMPROVED SHOOTING TOUCH. HE WAS SUCH A GOOD PICKUP FOR L.A. 2 SEASONS AGO FROM DETROIT, I THINK WE SHOULD DEFINITELY GET HIM BACK. WE NEVER WANTED TO GET RID OF HIM, I DONT THINK, WE JUST HAD TO ADD HIM SO ORLANDO WOULD TAKE BRIAN COOK AND HIS BAD CONTRACT, WHO COULD ONLY SHOOT AND DIDNT PLAY DEFENSE OR REBOUND.

    SO IF ANYTHING AT ALL, WITHOUT ANY BIG F.A. SIGNINGS, I THINK THE LAKERS WOULD STILL BE GREAT IF THEY JUST BRING BACK KWAME AND MO EVANS. THOSE 2 WOULD ACTUALLY ANSWER OUR PROBLEMS WE HAD WHEN PLAYING BOSTON. WE GET ANOTHER SUPER BIG GUY IN KWAME TO JUST PUT A BODY AND SOME SIZE ON PERKINS AND PLAY DEFENSE/REOUND ALL DAY. AND WE GET ANOTHER VETERAN PERIMETER DEFENDER IN MO EVANS.

    IF WE COULD ADD THOSE 2 GUYS TO OUR ROSTER, IT WOULD PUSH US UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND PROVIDE AN EVEN DEEPER BENCH ROTATION AND SOLID PLAY ALL AROUND. OUR TEAM DEFENSE WOULD JUST BE THAT MUCH BETTER.

    OUR ROSTER COULD POTENTIALLY BE LIKE THIS (CONSIDERING WE BRING BACK SASHA AND RONNY AS WELL):

    C BYNUM
    F GASOL
    F ODOM
    G KOBE
    G FISHER

    C MIHM
    C/F KWAME
    F TURIAF
    F RADMANOVIC
    F WALTON
    F ARIZA
    F/G EVANS
    G SASHA
    G FARMAR
    G YUE

    NOW THAT IS ONE HECK OF A TEAM LINEUP AND JUST LOOK AT THE DEPTH IN EACH POSITION AND THE SIZE/EXPERIENCE WE WOULD HAVE IF WE GOT KWAME AND EVANS BACK. THATS ONE SWEET ROSTER THAT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANYDAY.

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SUN YUE IN P&G NEXT SEASON. WE NEED AN ASIAN SUPERSTAR IN L.A. HAHA LOL! IT WOULD SURELY MAKE THNGS INTERESTING. WE WOULD PROBABLY DUMP DJ MBENGA AND IRA NEWBLE, THEN SEND COBY KARL AND JOE CRAWFORD TO THE D-LEAGUE FOR A YEAR TO DEVELOP.

  • fernando

    Kwame is a joke i’d rather pick up my center on my 10 yr old rec team
    He actually gives an effort

  • ricky

    HERE IS A VIDEO OF KWAME JUST 2-3 YEARS AGO WHEN HE FIRST WAS TRADED HERE. TO BE HONEST HE WAS REALLY GOOD FOR US DEFENSIVELY WHEN HE WAS HEALTHY, I JUST THINK THAT HE STARTED SUCKING AGAIN ONCE HE HURT HIS ANKLE AND KNEE THE PAST SEASON AND LOST THAT EDGE/QUICKNESS TO HIS GAME THAT HE WOULD HAVE USED FOR DEFENSE.

    MAN, EVEN IF “THIS” KWAME BROWN WAS TO RETURN TO FORM LIKE HE WAS IN THIS VIDEO AND WE ALSO BRING BACK MO EVANS, WE WOULD BE IN SUCH GOOD SHAPE FOR THE NEXT 5-6 YEARS. PROBABLY SAVE UP MONEY/CAP SPACE IF THAT’S ALLOWED AND THEN USE IT DOWN THE ROAD FOR ANOTHER BIG NAME SUPERSTAR TO REPLACE GUYS LIKE PAU/KOBE WHO WOULD BE IN THEIR MID 30’S BY THEN SO WE CAN SECURE OUR FUTURE LONG TERM. IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING A PLAN AND PLANNING AHEAD LIKE 5 YEARS LATER.

  • ricky

    OH YEAH, HERE IS THE KWAME “BACK WHEN HE WAS HEALTHY/SUCKED LESS” BROWN.

  • Thomas

    I think that the Lakers should concentrate on resigning Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf then work on finding a trade for Lamar Odom. Also I agree with what was said about the need for a backup backcourt. Chris Duhon would be a good fit to the triangle and could prove to be an asset when looking for a trade for Odom. I think that we should try and get together a package like Odom and Walton or Radmanovic for Rashard Lewis and a draft pick or any other shooter. Lamar is just too streaky and Luke and Vlade don’t play defence.

  • gugy

    Sign Posey

    and trade for Artest. WE NEED DDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

    Mitch my b•tch, dump Vlad, Luke and Mihn, that’s more than $16 million that the Lakers dump in the trash every season. These guys don’t play sh•t!

  • sclakerfan

    Mitch signing Luke and Vlade for that much for that long may cripple the Lakers for years to come. I think because Buss doesn’t want to go too far above the luxury tax, those two chumps may end up costing the Lakers some good free agents for years to come.

    I think all contracts should be on a year to year basis and depend on performance and there should be no salary cap or luxury tax. Then the Lakers could just cut Walton, Vlade, Mimh, force Lamar and Gasol to take a pay cut, the Lakers could sign Artest and Baron Davis. Players and fans would be happy.
    Win-win.

  • ab4sure

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    Mitch will never be your b*tch. You will always be his b*tch. You called this team a miserable team this year and they made it to the finals. You stick to sucking Mitch’s stick and let him be the GM.

  • Freshh

    lawl AB

  • MILO

    regardless of whom we get i just hope that we can have a season with out injuries!!!

  • lskerfan567

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    i think maggete is the worst free aent that we can sign, i dont want his big head in a laker uniform, and he has a big ego and he doesnt want to come off the bench

    get somebody we realuy need players like Artest and Tayshaun Prince (Pietrus is more realistic)

  • lskerfan567

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    your so right and I bet gugy is a bandwagon fan anyway, and we cant relaese walton and vlad, there contracts aren’t gonna magicaly disapear we still are gonna have to pay them

  • Lakerboi

    Sign Posey and Ronny; let Sasha walk. You still Asian magic Johnson and Crawford as back up guards in case needed. Leave the team alone, we won West and went like 27-5 with Gasol, now imagine that with Big Bynum next year. Look at the line up:

    Bynum/ Mihm
    Gasol/ Ronny
    Lo/ Ariza/ Walton/ Radman- won’t see the court.
    Kobe/ Posey
    Fish/ Farmar/ Asian “Magic Johnson”/ Crawford

    Total player: 14

  • sketch

    LOL!!! YOU’RE RIGHT AB4SURE! Look gugy, if you want to call Mitch your b*tch, you’ve gotta at least spell Mihm correctly and not “Mihn”! Idiot!

  • BringDFishBack

    I love how everyone is like trade Luke now he sucks he can’t do shit. But just a few months ago when Luke was playing great against the Nuggets everyone was praising him. It was the same during the 06 07 season when he was a canidate for most improved before he got hurt. Everyone jumps on him so quickly when he doesn’t play as expected. He was hurt all year, give him some rest and time to get healthy and he’ll be fine. I guarentee that.

    Also, how many of you that are telling Mitch what to do wanted to get rid of Odom and Bynum last offseason? How many of you even understand the first thing about how things work (ie you can’t just get rid of a player because they are not good)? How many of you saw the Gasol trade coming? Now think about how many trades were almost done or you told Mitch should happen. After that, think about what Mitch actually did, if you thought that would happen before it did, and where the Lakers ended up.

  • lskerfan567

    I always wanted luke to be traded hes just terrible, and he has no testerone at all hes such a fuitcake

    LEARN HOW TO THROW IT DOWN LUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    No callin’ Mitch The “B” word,HE IS STILL THE KING OF LA!

  • Parich

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    That’s right dawg. There aren’t many impact PG Free Agents out there and the best we can get are those SFs like Posey, Maggette, etc and then get rid of our junk SFs like “Fluke” and Vlad in the process so we won’t have to end up with so many playing for that position.

    We need a great point guard who has crazy handles, can slash to break down defenses, hit 3s, and defend other PGs. What the Lakers can do since they’re loaded at SF is they can trade Luke and Vlad for another backup PG behind Fisher or if they hate Odom so bad then they can trade him for a starting PG to start in place of Fisher.

  • Parich

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    Incorrect positioning there. If you get rid of Sasha then who is your shooter off the bench?

    Crawford is more like SG. The Asian “Magic Johnson” is probably a tall guy so play him more like a “Point Forward” like Odom. Ariza is SF but can play a little SG. Posey is more like SF. Vlad is SF but can play PF when Lakers go small & quick. Walton doesn’t belong in the NBA. The line up should actually look like this (To the Left are starters and to the right are Bench Players):

    Center: Bynum/Mihm
    Power Forward: Gasol/Turiaf
    Small Forward: Odom/Ariz/Radmanovic
    Shooting Guard:Bryant/Vujacic/Crawford
    Point Guard: Fisher/Farmar

    Possible additions to the Front Court: Kwame Brown/ keep Mbenga/ sign Posey or Maggette

    Phil please start preaching DEFENSE and Mitch/Buss better hire a “Defensive Coordinator”

    Win it all next year.

  • Parich

    Hmm…that’s interesting. Getting Bynum back and signing Kwame would be the heck of a move. The Lakers’ weakness was toughness/strength/inside/rebounding/physicality.

    Let’s think of the match-ups with Boston like this:

    -Bynum can outmuscle Kendrick Perkins. i know he can.
    -Kwame Brown the backup will “man over” P.J. Brown.
    -Garnett is athletic but skinny, still stronger than Gasol, so we lose there.
    -Turiaf is 2 inches taller than Powe, can hit the mid-range jumper/Powe can’t really, can post up better.

    To conclude this up, Bynum’s return already adds a monster inside and signing Kwame for defense and hoping that his offense will improve will add yet another monster inside. Remember back 1 year ago when everybody was talking having 2 big 3-headed monsters? They were: {Bynum, Brown, Mihm} and {Fisher, Farmar, Crittenton}.