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Metta opts in, will stay with Lakers (Pg. 6 - USA Today update)


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#1 West Coast

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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:01 PM

Gasol turns 33 in July and is due $19.3 million next season. He’s still pretty good, still capable of being a No. 1 or No. 1-A option on most teams. Trading him shouldn’t be overly difficult, and the Lakers will certainly try.

As for World Peace, he turns 34 early next season (Nov. 13). He’s not nearly the defender he once was. He’s erratic offensively. His contract calls for a player option of $7.7 million next season. The Lakers are privately hoping he declines it and tries his hand at free agency.

If the Lakers can trade Gasol, and World Peace walks, they could have something. Everyone on their bench can be had for cheap – and reserves such as Devin Ebanks, Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison (who should’ve retired three years ago) won’t be back.

 

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Nice shot there by Amico, must not like Jamison from when he played for Cleveland.



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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:05 PM

Yeah, seriously. So unprofessional.


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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:08 PM

Metta will likely opt-in. Where else would he make over $7 million? If I were the Lakers, I would thank him for his contribution, but warn him that if he does choose to return next season, his role will be significantly diminished and his services won't be needed. That way, he can double-think himself if he truly wants to return next season. Metta wants minutes. He will not be happy if he is on the bench the whole time. 


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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:15 PM

There is actually a reason Metta opts out...the 36 and over rule applies to his next contract.  Landing a new contract now for 5M/yr would next more than if he gets injured this upcoming year and has to settle for less (possibly vet min) thru his 36th B-Day.

 

 

Still an exTREMELY long-shot (<10% chance)...but this is Metta we're talking about.  Crazy is his thing...



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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:21 PM

why arent we keeping jodie meeks ?


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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:24 PM

^ Why are you asking such question?


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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:30 PM

There is actually a reason Metta opts out...the 36 and over rule applies to his next contract.  Landing a new contract now for 5M/yr would next more than if he gets injured this upcoming year and has to settle for less (possibly vet min) thru his 36th B-Day.

 

 

Still an exTREMELY long-shot (<10% chance)...but this is Metta we're talking about.  Crazy is his thing...

I have learned to expect anything from MWP. I wouldn't even be shocked if he retires and joins the cast of Sesame Street.



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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:39 PM

get out metta



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Posted May 16, 2013 - 08:40 PM

I have learned to expect anything from MWP. I wouldn't even be shocked if he retires and joins the cast of Sesame Street.

 

I wouldn't be shocked if I woke up tomorrow and read that Metta will opt-out of his contract and will pursue a max deal.



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Posted May 16, 2013 - 09:03 PM

I wouldn't be shocked if I woke up tomorrow and read that Metta will opt-out of his contract and will pursue a max deal.

 

 

and then after a phone conversation with Kobe Bryant is alright with taking the vets minimum.


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Posted May 16, 2013 - 09:04 PM

and then after a phone conversation with Kobe Bryant is alright with taking the vets minimum.

 

Metta ain't THAT crazy



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Posted May 16, 2013 - 09:22 PM

Metta ain't THAT crazy

 

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Posted May 16, 2013 - 09:24 PM

Metta ain't THAT crazy


You never know.

This is a guy that went outside in cookie monster pajamas and asked a swat team if they needed his assistance taking down a terrorist =p


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Posted May 16, 2013 - 09:41 PM

We should keep Meeks OR trade him, not just let him walk.



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Posted May 17, 2013 - 12:42 AM

We should keep Meeks OR trade him, not just let him walk.

... Trade him for what exactly? 


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Posted May 17, 2013 - 02:51 AM

Hoping Meeks returns...

 

Here's my wish list for this offseason:

 

Dwight re-signs

Trade Pau for either Josh Smith/Devin Harris or Jeff Green/Brandon Bass

Get rid of MWP (with or without Pau)

Get rid of Duhon

Get rid of Ebanks 

Bring back Clark

Bring back Meeks

Bring back Jordan Hill

Bring back Kobe/Nash

Bring back Blake

 

Start there...Pau and MWP need to go regardless...



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Posted May 17, 2013 - 03:52 AM

Hoping Meeks returns...

 

Here's my wish list for this offseason:

 

Dwight re-signs

Trade Pau for either Josh Smith/Devin Harris or Jeff Green/Brandon Bass

Get rid of MWP (with or without Pau)

Get rid of Duhon

Get rid of Ebanks 

Bring back Clark

Bring back Meeks

Bring back Jordan Hill

Bring back Kobe/Nash

Bring back Blake

 

Start there...Pau and MWP need to go regardless...



I don't think Metta will be let go of unless we secured more than just Earl Clark as our small forward..

Cause if Metta is gone then Earl Clark is our only small forward.

Cause Ebanks will be gone, Jamison isn't coming back.  So we'd have to get someone new and scramble to do it.

So if Pau isn't traded for the pieces you mentioned, I don't think Metta will be going anywhere.  BUT at least with Clark he will be coming off the bench most likely at the 4 where he belongs with Hill playing the 5.  Which I don't mind in the least.

But I don't think they trade Pau unless they get a blockbuster deal or mid-season if Pau is giving us nothing.

Sadly we can't S&T Pau for any "player" of value anymore as far as I know.   We can't receive anything in return.   I forget what the rule was exactly but it looks like we're likely keeping both. 

Which I don't mind as long as we add some more pieces so that we don't depend so much on them and can diminish their role or allow them to play where they belong.

Make Metta our "Elton Brand" and sign a guy like Ronnie Brewer to defend the wing perimeter guys.  Etc. Know what I mean?


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Posted May 17, 2013 - 05:20 AM

If Metta opts out, I'd be surprised, then again, maybe he won't, because he's probably thinking they'd amny him if he does.
Glad to see players that don't get no time get booted... With the exception of Sacre
Doesn't bother me if Meeks gets booted or not..
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Posted May 17, 2013 - 07:54 AM

So, If the Lakers hoping Metta opting out, then they are going to look for amnesty Blake?


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Posted May 17, 2013 - 07:59 AM

So, If the Lakers hoping Metta opting out, then they are going to look for amnesty Blake?

lol why blake was the only guy playing good at the end of the season. Also he's only 4 mill. Thats really not that much.






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