Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:12 AM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:20 AM
I'm sure they have that planned, but let's hope that they give it to a guy like LeBron and not a guy that doesn't deserve it.
I have no problem trading Nash going into the 2014 off season, he may very well retire before then anyway... I think what will really happen is that we have Dwight and Kobe signed for a total of $35m. That will allow us to offer a max contract in the 2014 FA period. No matter what, we are going to be offering a max offer sheet to someone, the Lakers management knows it. We may not understand or see the road to that point yet, but they already have that plan in mind.
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:22 AM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:26 AM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:28 AM
If you are talking about me, I never said we were. In fact, I don't think he is leaving Miami. What I said was I hope we use a max contract on a guy like LeBron.
Some people here sure sound confident in landing Lebron...
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:31 AM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:33 AM
Obviously. But I'm talking about a guy that is actually worth a max contract.
There is no guy like Lebron.
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:40 AM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:45 AM
Lebron and carmelo are long shots. There are a lot of other great players like OJ Mayo, Ed Davis, Carl Landry, and many more. Also you never know who will have a break out season soon and be a big name on that list. Gotta look for players on small market teams that wont give big contracts like we would.
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Posted February 02, 2013 - 01:41 AM
Also, the fact that his last year is costing the Lakers millions in luxury-tax could also play a role.
I'm not sure if it's legal, but couldn't he sign a deal worth a couple of millions in the first year and then a bit more the second and third year. That could get the Lakers under the cap for one year, which could prevent the Lakers from being repeat offenders.
Posted February 02, 2013 - 06:01 AM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 08:15 AM
Friday marked a full five years since the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson new championship life by acquiring Pau Gasol from Memphis.
The Lakers wouldn't dare commemorate the anniversary by turning around and trading Gasol before this deadline, would they?
I still say no.
As poorly as Pau fits with this current mix, I still say that the Lakers have to keep Gasol beyond Feb. 21 because they have no assurances that Dwight Howard is going to re-sign with them. It's just too risky for them to trade Gasol now, just to replace him with a player or two who might ensure they don't miss out on their puncher's chance in the playoffs, when Howard could bolt in free agency and leave them center-less in July.
That said ...
Raptors president Bryan Colangelo, in the wake of the Gay trade, is now openly acknowledging that he's shopping former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani. The Lakers' interest in Bargnani remains a matter of debate in the midst of the Italian's worst-ever season by far, but the not-for-public-consumption message that continues to emanate from Canada is that Toronto remains intent on pursuing Gasol even after trading for Gay.
At a news conference Friday, Colangelo acknowledged that the Raptors are prepared to stray into luxury-tax territory in the "right transaction." One source close to the situation says Gasol is a guy who fits those parameters, depending on the rest of potential trade principals besides Bargnani.
So we'll see, over the next 20 days, if the Lakers change their stance on Gasol's availability ... and if Toronto can even assemble a package to tempt them without Jose Calderon's expiring contract to attach to Bargnani.
You hear the phone ringing? Nope.
The Hawks, according to NBA front-office sources, are indeed making calls, gauging the trade value of their players and assessing their options.
Unless there's a bona fide star player to be had in exchange, indications persist that the Hawks don't want to do anything that cuts into the considerable cap-space haul they're headed for in July. Because they're going to be right alongside the Dallas Mavericks, sources say, in trying to steal Howard from the Lakers.
Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry, by all accounts, wants to avoid any salary that strays beyond this season unless the talent coming back is irresistible. Another factor: Josh Smith's recent declarations that he sees himself as a max player don't make it any easier to find a trade partner ready to take on the enigmatic swingman in fear of not being able to meet Smith's demands in free agency come July.
I've likewise heard from a couple of teams that have pursued Smith in recent weeks that they've cooled on the idea because the 27-year-old is likewise reluctant to commit to an extension as part of the trade. J-Smoove clearly wants to make it all the way to free agency on July 1 after nine seasons with the Hawks.
Chances are he's going to have that opportunity.
Hands off Superman, punks.
Edited by Chad, February 02, 2013 - 08:30 AM.
¡Hala Madrid! Neymar Rules!
Posted February 02, 2013 - 01:43 PM
Posted February 02, 2013 - 03:12 PM
Korver > Morrow
No to Toronto deal. Maybe on Josh smith. if we can get morrrow. then yes.
Mike D'Antoni is GARBAGE.
Posted February 02, 2013 - 05:51 PM
he has no D.......but he's shooting 47% from 3
Posted February 02, 2013 - 05:55 PM
I would rather have him than metta. The guy can put up points quick. Especially with the amount of open looks he would get with Nash and the new "magic mamba" hitting him open in the corner. Just imagine all those threes that metta gets and put korver there.
Posted February 02, 2013 - 06:11 PM
Jason Kapono anyone?
KOBE. #VINO. BRYANT.
Posted February 02, 2013 - 06:40 PM
But he fits d'antoni's mold perfectly: don't play defense. ..shoot 3s.
Pau Gasol is GONE
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