Now that we can put Ron Artest behind us, let’s start putting all our thoughts in having Baron Davis in Purple & Gold. Whose with me?! Sound-off…

ESPN: Golden State point guard Baron Davis elected to become a free agent Monday night, opting out of the final year of his contract with the Warriors in a surprise move.

Davis had until Monday night to decide whether to turn down his $17.8 million contract for next season, the final year of a six-year deal. The Warriors didn’t expect him to opt out of the deal despite little progress in the parties’ long-term contract negotiation, but club spokesman Raymond Ridder said they received a letter from Davis’ agent, Todd Ramasar, late Monday indicating his intentions.

Davis still could return to Golden State as a free agent, but his opt-out clause was his only bit of leverage in forcing contract talks with the Warriors before next summer. The former All-Star also is now free to negotiate with other clubs, possibly facilitating a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State.

Davis, a 29-year-old veteran, repeatedly has said he intended to return to Golden State, but he might be displeased by Warriors coach Don Nelson’s recent declarations about giving more playing time to Golden State’s young players, even at the expense of a few victories next season. Nelson reiterated his plan Monday at a news conference to introduce draft picks Anthony Randolph and Richard Hendrix.

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  • Michael24

    i with you

  • kingkb24

    baron giving up a 17 mil contract for 5 to 6 mil..never gonna hapen

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    Davis/Kobe/Odom/Gasol/Bynum = OMG!

    That would be an insane lineup…

  • Sako

    I’d love to get him, but I highly doubt he’s gonna take a $12 million pay cut just to play in LA.

  • http://www.vladehasaposse.com Tim M.

    Mr. Davis would be quite the asset, but we don’t got the change for a dude of his caliber. I’ve been dreaming of him (and his huge veneers) in a Lakers jersey since he got drafted. Would be sweet.

  • ab17

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    it sure would but we got enough PG’s
    and d-fish IMO is going to do well next yr. again …

  • six45ci

    lol we are DREAMING BIG TIME. if we think we can get Baron Davis, that dude is all about making PAPER.

  • ab17

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    you never know ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
    and i noticed him in some lakersd home games courtside right next to the bench(hint) so we will see..

  • ryguy2303

    this article shouldn’t even be up.

  • ab17

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    na dude he has that paper and everything he needs
    that one thing missing is a larry obrien trophy.and l.a. seems to be a great destination….

  • lakerschamps08

    yea we always want these players and they never get traded to us (besides gasol) or sign with us… it sucks maybe he be different but we see but i think its all just bout money with ALL THESE PLAYERS..

  • http://www.vladehasaposse.com Tim M.

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    That was all part of the Zohan PR… I believe.

  • lalaland

    we have no shot at him. you dont opt out of a 17 mil contract if you dont think you can make more. he is gonna get hooked up close to 19 mil per by some team and gonna go back to his injured ways once he has the big payday and guaranted money. the only guy we have a shot at is pietres and that is if we cant sign sasha.

  • ab17

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    pietrus and dont forget posey as well

  • CD3

    well, this is what we do during off season – rumors, speculates and talks.

  • Freshh


    Pipe dream,
    but HELL YEA. come to L.A. BARON

    U LOVE L.A…
    L.A. LOVES U

    PG-BARON
    SG-KOBE
    SF-ODOM[: (] lol
    PF-GASOL
    C-BYNUM

    IF WE STAY HEALTHY ……………. TITLE!

  • RAZOR RAMON

    this dude is a retard for leaving 17.8 million!!!!!

    I dont want a RETARD on the team!!

  • ab17

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    dude ur s t u p i d

  • banuelos_714

    aint gonna happen we already hav enough PGs we could use at the 2 and kobe at the 3 but it aint gonna happen
    lets jus try to get posey

  • Michael24

    sign and trade farmar

    then bring sun yue and joe crawford in

  • ab17

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    yea i somewhat agree fish did a good job this yr
    and next yr he’ll do great
    ithink posey should be the main focus we need that one tough defensive minded player thats not scared to lay his body on the line ..

  • ab17

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    are you crazy??

  • magicbalala245

    WE WANT BARON. More Lakers fan will welcome him then Artest and that’s a damn fact. Baron needs to come for his hometown team and his fav when he was a child Bring him home mitch. “If you build it he will come”

  • http://www.vladehasaposse.com Tim M.

    Apparently Sun Yue is the Magic Johnson of the far east.

  • Edward

    Baron is one of the classiest players in the league, and when he plays well can be considered in the top 3 point guards in the league. Hands down we cannot get him. We would have to get rid of our trash (which we can’t), and we’d have a crowded PG position. What most of you guys commenting don’t realize is the immediate and long term future for the lakers looks good right now. Just sit on that, and enjoy the ride. You don’t see SA changing their team, but they manage to win every other year or so. Just be happy, our team could have beaten the Celtics, game 1 = peirce injury (vlad horrible D), game 2 = refs… anything could have happened, game 4 = let go a 24 point lead. Enough said, we had 2 wins, that win any of the three we could have won and it would have forced game 7, or win 2 of the three and we would have the ship. Look for a few FA pickups this offseason, maybe one or two, but those players won’t get much playing time. Unless Odom gets traded I can’t see anything happening, Mitch already unloaded most of our trash, can’t see how he could possibly do it again.

  • Sako

    I don’t want to get my hopes up.

  • http://bestplayerontheplanet.com chase

    This would be so cool!!!! Baron Davis would bring toughness. Do you think Baron Davis is going to let guys like KG yell and scream all over the court. I don’t think so.

    Remember, he’s buddies with Fish when they played together in Golden State. Maybe D. Fish can bring him in! Not to mention him being from L.A!

  • lakersforlife77

    A borderline superstar taking an mle level deal? No way. It’s not going to happen. Even with the LA connections money prevails over everything. It’s a wonderful idea, and a beautiful dream, but that’s just what it is, and not even close to reality. Baron is going to get some ridiculous deal from some mediocre team that he will ultimately accept.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Davis is a beast.. I want him but what about Fisher and Farmar? :[

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    If we get B. Davis we would have a great point guard behind Derek Fisher!!!!!!!!!!! :)
    Then we should try to do this deal:

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=308~3251~1016~2027&teams=13~9~9~9&te=&cash=
    :) :) :)

  • LakersFirst

    Baron could be coming to Los Angeles, but I don’t think it would be the Lakers he would be joining. I think Baron will go the Clippers. The reasonsbeing are:

    A) the Clippers could offer him more money than the Lakers can (Baron opted out of a $17.8M contract, he’s going to want something in that ball park and the Clippers, being under the salary cap, can offer him that)

    B) The Clippers are in NEED of a point guard/leader and Baron wants to be needed. It’s obvious Baron doesn’t like the fact that the Warriors are leaning towards their younger players, hence he doesn’t feel he is needed in Golden St. If Elgin Baylor is a good GM, he’ll try to find a way to team up Brand/Baron/Maggette.

    Anything is possible but…the Lakers obtaining Artest was more of a possibility then landing Baron Davis.

  • e

    not happening..we cant afford him

  • SILO

    Thats a crap load of Guards.
    Kobe, Fisher, Farmar, Sasha, Joe Crawford and Davis?

    Only way this works is that, Joe is sent to the D-league.
    Sasha backs Kobe. B Diddy starts. Fisher and Farmar back ups.
    even then thats alot of guards at PG.
    But, lets say JC is something special. Better than Farmar. Than i wouldnt have a problem trading farmar with a package deal with Luke or something like that.

    Baron loves LA. Watches the Lakers all the time.
    For one thing, if baron teaches JC a killer cross ova. . . . .
    ooooooooooooooo baby.

  • Parich

    Yo people, didn’t you catch the part that mentioned a sign & trade deal? Why does it seems that people don’t know what the hell they are saying when I go to forums?

  • jay

    Baron is gonna start, fish will back up kobe, cuz he is pure shooter. i dont know about farmar he is the odd man out. do not imean do not start vlad rad bring him off the bench. so we shoul look like this nex year

    Baron
    Sasha
    Kobe
    Gasol
    Bynum

    bench mob

    Sue
    Farmar
    Fisher
    Odom
    Ariza
    VLad
    Luke
    turiaf
    JC

    DAMN this is it, peo ple are jus gonna hve to play new positions

  • LETSGOLAKERSLETSGO!

    Trade Odom and walton for Bdiddy … pick up some solid back up sfs/pfs and we should be in good shape.

  • Parich

    What do you mean a retard on the team? Didn’t you read the article? It says that opting out is a way for him to gain LEVERAGE against Golden State regarding contract negotiations or sign + trade deals. READ THE FREAKING TEXT AND USE UR BRAINS PEOPLE. I’M TIRED OF SEEING IGNORANT (DUMB) COMMENTS IN THESE FORUMS.

  • Parich

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    LOL it’s the other way around. Fisher behind Davis.

  • Kobe2k9

    “Parich
    Jun 30th, 2008 at 11:48 pm
    What do you mean a retard on the team? Didn’t you read the article? It says that opting out is a way for him to gain LEVERAGE against Golden State regarding contract negotiations or sign + trade deals. READ THE FREAKING TEXT AND USE UR BRAINS PEOPLE. I’M TIRED OF SEEING IGNORANT (DUMB) COMMENTS IN THESE FORUMS.”

    I totally agree with you!

  • Thuggishdeer

    f##k this! i want to get rid of luke and get some defense! not an ego. what the f##k are we going to do with fisher and farmar if davis is here, ever think of that? we got gasol! dont get greedy you cant have it all.

  • ricky

    people, this is all talk. these are just rumors that really have nothing to do with the lakers. baron is too good to opt out of $17.8 million dollar salary to make MLE money, even if its for a title contender like the lakers. if he’s ever coming to LA, it will most likely be the clippers. i don’t see him in purple and gold at all unless there are headlines like “B. DIDDY TO LAKERS” posted everywhere on the internet. but until then, im not going to keep my hopes up.

    im just grateful enough that we have kobe, pau, odom, fish, and bynum ready for next season. sure, we can still use some roster changes, but if all is the same and we re-sign sasha and ronny, then im happy.

    i still think the lakers should try and get mickael pietrus and since memphis wont re-sign kwame brown, i think we can use him as a backup for bynum. he may be a bad player overall, but he is still another big body who can strengthen the frontcourt, play some defense and get some boards at least. there is not many veteran bigs in the FA market and im still unsure about chris mihm’s overall rehab, so kwame would be a good to take back as a backup.

  • joseph

    long shot fools! hahaha fakers all the way! you’re team reminds me of the portland days where they have sabonis,pippen, rasheed,detlef,bonzi, damon, grant and steve smith… then choke in the end… bwahahaha… same results as always! losers!

    keep reaching for that rainbow LA…. bwahahaha

    regards from beantown!

    PS.
    loved that big letter L on your forehead! fakers

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    heyy this is seriouss
    what do you think
    about bringing back kwamee??
    seriously.. we missed a strong body there at center…

  • LakersAllDay

    its only a dream…too expensive. But that would be so sick!

  • PGMVP

    Trade odom for josh smith and then try to do a sign a trade for baron if that happens we will 78-4.

  • yellowpurplefever

    Baron to LA slim & non chance. And again, anything can happen. Yes package Lamar and Vlady for Nelson’s run and gun style with NO defense, fits perfect. Warriors won’t take Fluke too slow, can’t jump and barely dunk at 6’8″. We take Baron and Mike Pietrus. Man, this team is Awsome right? DCLAKER, I always respect my elder

    KOBE/SASH
    BARON/FISH/FAMAR
    ANDREW/BROWN/MIHM
    PAU/RONNY/
    PIETRUS/ARIZA/FLUKE

    WOW look at that line up!!

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    If he plays for Mid-level exception, go for it! If not, let’s stop dreaming. We already have luxury tax issues (esp. now with Bynum asking for MAX).

  • http://getgasol.com getgasol

    This is completely irrelevant from the laker’s standpoint. There is no way we can afford how much Baron Davis is worth, and even if we could, we are good at point guard and could better spend some money at the forward positions, maybe replacing Radmnovich or Walton.

  • Diehardfan

    Realistically speaking, Baron will not get close to the amount of money that he opted out from, from a championship contender. So, either he takes less less less money from a team that has a chance to win a title. That is the scary part. I honestly hope he goes to the Cavs. I would hate to see a team like the Celtics, Phoenix or Spurs get him.

  • lakerfan

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    Classic!!!
    C’mon laker nation. I know we are loyal to our players but Fish will be carrying Barons gym bag to practice and on the gravy train to another Finals.

  • T-Dub

    Farmar and Odom in sign and trade for Davis. Sign Posey or Pietris at SF:

    Davis

    Kobe

    Posey/Peitris/Ariza

    Gasol

    Bynum

    Who cares about the tax if we
    re winning rings!!!!!!!!

  • kPoAbUe

    You guys never kno maybe he could come here for 5 mill. If he does that is GREAT!

  • T.A.

    I dont know what you guys would think

    but this trade seems to work the best for us

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=194~3251&teams=13~9&te=&cash=

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    By the way:

    MLE which is about $6 million per year, and the max is 5 years.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    BD!

  • lakerfan81

    Yeah, Davis will sign with the Lakers for a minimum,then in 2010, James and Wade will both sign with the Lakers for a minimum. Then, a meteor will fall in Kwame Brown’s back yard and give him super powers, but he still won’t be able to save the planet from the invading space ants. So I welcome our future overlords.

  • gugy

    Baron is not coming to LA. He wants too much cash.
    Mitch probably has orders from Buss not to extrapolate.

    Ideally we need to dump Mihn, Luke and Vlad. Three stooges that did not contribute much last few season. If we are able to unload this garbage, then we would have leverage to bring someone like Davis.

    But it ain’t happening.

  • DCLAKER

    He said it 2 seasons ago that he and Kobe would be TIGHT!

    GET’EM!!!

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    Check it out!!! Got this jersey switch from LG.net:

  • laker fans are myopic

    you laker myopics are so ####@# stupid .talking out of your kobe tell me how my ##$%%^ taste . lets get baron , posey . hell lets get lebron in here , duncan , too on the same team . offer them luke . lamar . i still think you heads are still ringing from the 39 pt trashing .

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

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    Huh? Was anything you typed coherent?

    Anyways, here is the latest Hoopsworld stuff:

    Davis could be facing the prospect of accepting a full Mid Level Exception (~$5.5-6 million) if he’s not careful. Davis is privately open about his affinity for the Los Angeles Lakers but even he would balk at the prospect of signing for a 65% pay cut.

    Giving up $17+ million was certainly a gutsy move.

  • DCLAKER

    Why in the HELL is joseph on OUR site and his coharts at SMELL-TICS PLANTATION.com on here,I’ll tell you,24 yrs. of jumpin’ on other teams JOCK-STRAPS and not having enough ‘GRAPEFRUITS to stick with your own team and would think they would be satisfied with ‘Finally’ winning but like ’84,they’re not and they won’t win for another 24 ’cause WHEN WE WIN IT ALL THIS COMIN’ SEASON like ’87 they will JUMP ON OUR JOCK-STRAPS…again,sad.

  • Sako

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    SHUT THE FUK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • magicbalala245

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    i got a better one

  • magicbalala245

    Check I Got A Better One

  • magicbalala245

    nvm i can’t post pics in my comments here is my pic http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/aj245/baron_davis_-_lakers.jpg

  • gugy