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Kobe, Bynum, & Gasol’s Contracts Make Re-Signing Jordan Farmar Difficult


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#1 BeeZee

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 12:46 PM

Jordan Farmar could be collateral damage. With Los Angeles on the hook for several big-ticket contracts, the Lakers will have trouble keeping their up-and-coming point guard.

In theory, the NBA’s soft salary cap allows each team unlimited resources. In reality, there is only so much money. Exceeding the luxury tax draws a dollar per dollar fine, so things get expensive.

Now consider the Lakers’ long-term salary structure. Conservative estimates have Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol earning a combined 41 million dollars, while Andrew Bynum likely gets extended for 12-15 million dollars per season. The total is 53 million dollars for three players.

The supporting cast isn’t cheap. Los Angeles annually drops 22 million dollars on Derek Fisher, Vlad Radmanovic, Luke Walton, and Sasha Vujacic. Those seven players alone put the purple-and-gold over last season’s luxury tax limit of 72 million dollars.

This is a projection. Some contracts could be moved. And Bryant most certainly receives a raise when he opts-out next July. But before dismissing these calculations as Enron blasphemy consider three points. First, the economy is teetering and revenues could decrease, which means less money for salaries. Second, these figures account for seven players. Most teams carry fifteen. And third, Lamar Odom hasn’t received a dime yet.


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Posted October 22, 2008 - 01:12 PM

Good article. Our contracts situation scares me to be honest. I'm kind of expecting Buss to let Odom's contract just expire so we can have that money off of the books.
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Posted October 22, 2008 - 01:17 PM

I think that's why the team is not trading Lamar they want his contract to expire with us so that we could keep guys like Bynum and Farmar but I'm pretty sure next season everybody will be back except Lamar.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 01:44 PM

Lamar seems to be the odd man out when it comes to contracts over the next couple years. I really don't want him to go, but we may not have a choice. I'm extremely doubtful, but hopefully he was sincere in his wanting to retire here in L.A. and in his claim that money isn't all that important because he has enough of it, and he'll accept a respectable offer (not some ridiculous lowball offer) even though he'll probably get better offers elsewhere. L.A. is where the championships are at.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 01:53 PM

I can see Odom taking a larger paycut.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 02:18 PM

It was a huge mistake overpaying Walton and Sasha, but hopefully they can manage to sign Jordan long term.
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Posted October 22, 2008 - 02:22 PM

I agree, I can totally see Lamar taking less money to sign here. Not a significant amount (no small amount right now will alleviate the Lakers' money situation anyway), but enough to take a slight bit of pressure off.

They'll find a way to get everyone on board.

Let's win a couple (or more) rings and the Lakers will cross that bridge when they get there.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 02:24 PM

Let's hope Vlad and Luke have a good season so we can trade one of them.

Kobe is the one who needs to take a big pay cut... he already got two big contracts. He better take a pay cut after all the crap he did last season.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 02:43 PM

Kobe taking a pay cut - that's funny Nissan.

Yeah after all he didn't completely bail this team out time and time again. Any guy who cultivates a new positive to his game to the table/court every year, leads the team emotionally and by example, is the best player on the planet and is the key to the Lakers ever winning anything as of right now should take a cut.

:(

I don't approve of airing out in-house issues publicly (ala "The Big Windbag"), but it had to be done and the team is better off for it.

Kobe deserves anything the Lakers can afford - and that will be a heck of a lot.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 04:49 PM

i wish that kobe would take an unprecented pay cut but he deserves to have the biggest contract in the league because he puts butts in seats( for both teams), but Lamar maybe the oddman out so, if we can trade odom and whoever for a large contract like kidd or starbury's or iverson's, we can do special things in the offseason, anfd vlad's contract is close to coming to an end as well as derek's so where there is a will there is a way
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Posted October 22, 2008 - 04:53 PM

[expletive]ING TRADE ONE OF THE THREE THEN!!!!!!!!
I say trade either Bynum or Kobe for Chris Paul

#12 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 04:55 PM

Alright, let's win the championship then.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 04:58 PM

Kobe Bryant's next step is to take a pay-cut. I mean, that will kill a lot haters.. lol! The TRUE team player.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:00 PM

Kobe Bryant's next step is to take a pay-cut. I mean, that will kill a lot haters.. lol! The TRUE team player.



TRADE HIM FOR CHRIS PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!
I suddenly started become a bigger fan of Chris Paul then Kobe.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:01 PM

Luke needs to go snowboarding or do something to void his contract asap.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:03 PM

Luke needs to go snowboarding or do something to void his contract asap.



Agreed.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:05 PM

TRADE HIM FOR CHRIS PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!
I suddenly started become a bigger fan of Chris Paul then Kobe.

No.

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:06 PM

Chris paul will never have the impact that Kobe has in this league, farmar is from LA and he wants to be a great Laker guard, he has an above average chance of staying
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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:06 PM

[expletive]ING TRADE ONE OF THE THREE THEN!!!!!!!!
I say trade either Bynum or Kobe for Chris Paul


dont bring your sim league ish into this league. Trading your stars away for trash will never get the lakers to the championship. With Lamars cap of the books next season and Bynums on I say that we will have the same salary as we do this season for next season

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Posted October 22, 2008 - 05:13 PM

Chris paul will never have the impact that Kobe has in this league, farmar is from LA and he wants to be a great Laker guard, he has an above average chance of staying

I have no doubt that Jordan will move if offered more elsewhere and we can't match. Where he's from and all that stuff won't matter when millions of dollars are on the table.

Edited by daco_inc, October 22, 2008 - 05:15 PM.





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