Hypothetically speaking, would people here be in favor of the following:
- Tell Metta he'll be amnestied unless he opts out and potentially re-sign him for something like 3 years, $8 million
- Waive Duhon
- Pick up Meeks' option
- Beg someone to take Pau without taking back any guaranteed salary for next year. I'm thinking someone like HOU or ATL directly, or another team indirectly with other players going to someone like Charlotte or Cleveland
- Try and dump Nash on Toronto for Kyle Lowry and a couple picks or whatever minimum salary
- Amnesty Kobe (yes I know this is the hardest to accept, but...)
This leaves the Lakers with:
Blake, Metta (at a cheaper rate), Hill, Lowry (who I think could be waived), Duhon's salary, and Meeks
Total of around $20 million, leaves $38 million below the cap
Sign CP3 and Dwight to whatever would be the max for CP3 (yes, Dwight would have to take less).
It might not be a championship team the first year but then the Lakers would have a full range of options for sign/trade and exceptions the following years, no luxury tax for next year, or, if they don't take on long term salary, still some cap space for 2014 with just CP3, Dwight, and Metta on the books. There are a lot of very good, but not quite max, players coming available in 2014.
take this IDEA & put it in the HEFTY BAGS!