I'd rather suck and rebuild via the lottery than continue to overpay a core of Kobe/Pau/Nash that will not win anything even with other solid guys around them. All the other cores in the league are just flat out better now. This isn't 2008 anymore.
The Lakers are in a unique situation right now with Kobe being in the final few years of his career. This pretty much makes it impossible to tank and re-build via the lottery. The one chance we had at rebuilding via the lottery was this season, but by keeping Kobe (not using Amnesty) and by keeping the rest of the guys that chance pretty much went out the window. This is unfortunate, since there are a lot of teams that really have improved and there are a lot of really good prospects.
I’m not sure why everybody are hating on Pau and Nash, who went through a fluke season with injuries and bad coaching. Next season we could perhaps resign Pau for something resembling the midlevel (hopefully) and in a league where big men are massively overpaid (Kwame Brown 7 million dollars), I don’t think paying Gasol is such a bad idea - especially if we could pair him with an elite defender.
Nash is a bit different. His 9,7 million in 2014-15 is a problem and the result is either a trade, the stretch provision or, like I said earlier, to pair him with someone who can cover up for his defensive problems. Btw José Calderon just landed a four-year 30 million dollar deal, so it’s not like Nash’s deal is that bad.
And just to clarify once again. All I was trying to do was to point out that unless we can put the right type of players around a guy like Melo, it could prove to be a bad idea to give him the max.