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#2901 marbleman

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Posted Yesterday, 10:22 AM

Lakers were planning on extending an offer sheet to Bledsoe but knew Phoenix would match;

 

Based on reports published in Pro Basketball Talk, the team is considering an offer sheet for Bledsoe, yet they already knew that the Suns would probably match their offer, that is why they decided not to extend it anymore. The Lakers went on to develop their roster and signed Boozer to add power to their line-up.
 

The Lakers are coming into the season with high expectations despite the fact that they were terrible last year, as they have a new coach and an energized roster with Bryant coming back. According to Pro Basketball Talk, the team considered a deal for Eric Bledsoe and they also looked into Greg Monroe with the Detroit Pistons as a restricted free agent, but the team felt it wasn't worth it since the offer sheet likely would be matched. The team signed Carlos Boozer instead of going that route, as the offer sheets would have held the salary cap hostage for the time being.
http://www.sportswor...ndrew-bynum.htm

 

 

Lakers were eyeing both Monroe and Bledsoe but knew their teams would match so decided to wait instead.


Monroe has went on to sign a 5 million Qualifying offer and Bledsoe appears to be going that route as well.

This plays very well into the Lakers hands whom have their eye on both players.   Just something to think about.  If they obtain either of these players they will not be overpaying for them, also should they not land them this year and both make it to the 2015 free agency healthy the market will be more realistic as well as affordable for the Lakers to make offers if they still want them. 

Just something to think about for those that were criticizing the Lakers for not giving an offer sheet to Monroe or Bledsoe, they may wind up getting them for cheaper than that offer sheet would have had to be to keep Phoenix and Detroit from matching. 

Good point, but the main problem is this. Same as this year and years before, our front office will wait till both of them are taken from someone else. I don't have any confidence in J.Buss and Mitck Kupcake. They both are natural idiots.



#2902 Clutch Factor

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Posted Yesterday, 10:47 AM

Good point, but the main problem is this. Same as this year and years before, our front office will wait till both of them are taken from someone else. I don't have any confidence in J.Buss and Mitck Kupcake. They both are natural idiots.

 

Well, the Lakers went into "win now" mode a few years back and the plan utterly backfired. We probably aren't having this conversation had the CP3 trade not been vetoed. But acquiring Nash was a decent back up plan, although it handicapped the imminent future. The plan was to win a ring with a core of Nash/Kobe/Dwight and then hope a prime Dwight attracts free agents in the future. The FO should have traded Pau for depth. Or at least added better roleplayers (defense-oriented) and not Jamison. 

 

Since then, we had to let the rebuilding process spontaneously flow. Drafting Randle was the first step. The next steps are to assemble tradeable assets that can be involved in a blockbuster or major trade. However, that does not mean the FO overpay for free agents, such as Bledsoe or Monroe just to attain them. If they don't pan out or cannot be traded, the Lakers are a mediocre team with limited cap space. In my opinion, an injury-prone Bledsoe and a slow-footed defense-less Monroe were not worth the gamble. So the Lakers assembled a competitive team while preserving cap space. 

 

I do not think it is likely any of the top free agents will join the Lakers in the near future, especially in their prime. Is it possible? Sure. Is it likely? No. And the FO cannot preserve cap space every year waiting for the next star to sign. I do think we'll be able to sign mid-tier players over the years that can be used as trade bait. And if Randle continues to successfully develop and is an exceptional team player, top free agents might be looking to come play with him. 






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