Horford and Chandler are not guys we build around, but rather guys that would help maximize the final years of the Kobe-era.
Love may not make it back until early or mid-April, and he's a bad defensive player.
Lopez is a bad defender.
Both of those guys would be nice if we didn't need a defensive anchor, but that's not how things are for us.
Al Horford is an option, no doubt about it. Tyson Chandler could be.
I still think we risk it, though, because he's a superstar. Horford and Chandler are all-stars, at best, and we're going to need someone to build around soon...and I just don't think Howard passes up on an extra $30 million to sign with another team.
Also, Lopez is an improved defender and Love is actually good when playing the 5 (at least according to 82games) and he is a guy who we can build around.
I think losing Dwight for nothing is unacceptable. But obviously, if Mitch and Jimbo get the feeling when talking to Dwight that he will resign, then go for it. I just dont think he wants to be the second option, which he will be going forward. Kobe isn't retiring after next season, regardless of what he's been saying and as long as Kobe is in LA, he will be the man.
Also, Dallas is a really good fit for Dwight with shooters like Mayo, Collison and Dirk.
BTW, if we did get Lopez or Love we could flip Gasol for a defender like Anderson Varejao.
Imagine a Varejao-Love frontcourt with Hill of the bench. Who would ever get a rebound against us?
Edited by DanishLakerFan, January 31, 2013 - 11:05 PM.