I think it's dumb when people talk about Kobe's contract limiting what the Lakers could do this free agency.
Melo wasn't coming, Lebron wasn't coming, Pau wasn't coming back unless one of the people that were not coming, came. none of the top players were coming to LA. they all took max contracts to stay where they were at, except for Lebron who took max to go home.
Am I disappointed in what the Lakers plan D was? definitely, but putting it on Kobe's extension is dumb.
I thought it was delusional to think that LBJ and Melo were coming too, but that does not preclude looking at the next level of impact FAs that could have come if we had the $ to sign 2 or more of them. So let one of the "dumb" posters spell it out for you:
-Kobe delays signing until ... oh about now ... like Dirk did.
-FO has major $ to chase 2 max or close to max players not named Melo and LBJ. Deng, Bledsoe, Monroe, Stephenson, Gortat, and still has $ for guys like Thomas. Would we have overpaid for 2 from that group? Probably. But when you have virtually no draft picks, you have no other choice to get talent.
-We sign 2 from the previous group, now we have a talent core, counting Randle. Other 2nd tier FAs are attracted. You think Pierce, Carter, Blatche etc would have listened when we called if he already had say Deng, Monroe and Thomas in the fold? You think Pau makes a different decision?
-Then, you approach Kobe and convince him to take a modest deal like Dirk's. Does he do it? Likely yes, because he has a shot at something his last 2 years.
-Looking forward to 2015/ 2016, are we more of an attractive destination to Love, Durant and Westbrook as well as other premier FAs? I think so.
It is NOT a great plan, because the cupboard is bare. But is IS a better plan that what the FO has put together so far.