we have the mini MLE we could've used it on guys who can actually contribute like Marco Belinelli or Mike Dunleavy or Dorrell Wright or Andray Blatche (who took othe minim.), CJ Watson (minimum),
These are actually championship quality role players and are versatile. We signed dudes who put up misleading numbers and can be fun to watch from time to time.
We didnt sign the 1st list of players because it wouldn't make a difference between winning a title or not, whats the point in upgrading your role players when your core players (Pau, Kobe, Nash) are not good enough to win a championship to begin with? If they were, Lakers would've gotten the upgrades instead they went as cheap as possible
Lakers needed a C and had to use it on the best available who would take the MMLE which was Kaman. Swingmen can be had for a lot less than bigs so spending the MMLE on any of the players you listed would not have been a good business decision.
Everything else you said does not consider the Lakers making plans for free agency next year. You are looking at right here, right now. That's not what this about.
And that was not a secret.
Don't know why you think they should prepare for a championship this year that clearly won't happen and throw away the plan for next year.
And finally, none of those players probably wanted to take a 1 year deal FOR THE LAKERS. If they did, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Free agency isn't as easy as we need him, he wants this amount, done deal. Free agents consider the coach, the rest of the team, the offense the team runs, the depth chart, the conference and if the team has a pressing need for them past this year. If they don't like the coach, they may want more than they are worth just to join the team and if they like the coach, they may take less. If they think the SuperStar is that good, they may take less (LBJ, Durant) or if they think the SuperStar is washed up or on the decline, they may not even bother (Kobe, KG, PP, Amare - not my opinion, based on age alone).
So it's not fair to whittle Free Agency down to money vs need. It's never going to be that simple.
Most of the players we picked up need the shine from the Lakers to re-invent themselves and earn a big check somewhere else in the NBA next year. They also know that the Lakers will have money next year...so this is also their audition for that.
Edited by GCMD, July 27, 2013 - 01:03 PM.