The Lakers are looking decent through the first 7 games. Not too bad, and not too great either but average much like many experts have said, “A .500 type team.”
Sure as Laker fans we can see the improvement in players like Bynum, Farmer, and Radmanovic. We know the potential of guys like Jarvis, and see the improvement at point guard with a veteran savvy Derek Fisher.
However the question still remains about Kobe, as Laker fans we enjoy watching this season and try to keep our mind focused on the time at hand. But one must wonder what is the future of this fracnchise?
It seems at this point that Kobe most likely is staying put this season as a Los Angeles Laker, Mitch Kupchak doesn’t want to be known as the man that traded both Shaq and Kobe. Kobe as far as we know isn’t being too disruptive and most likely has somewhat backed off his severe trade demands.
But if the Lakers have a productive season and Kobe Bryant is there throughout to lead our team to the promise land then what’s next for this team.
That question needed answers so I went browsing.
This summer a lot of talented free agents come off the books. Or have player options to hear offers from other teams. Either way guys like Magette, Baron Davis, and Shawn Marion can listen to deals and go to any team that they please.
However, those names don’t matter because the big name on that list, and the guy I think would be a perfect fit for the Lakers is the guy that plays in the same arena…
That’s right can you imagine a lineup of Fisher or Farmer at the One, Kobe Bryant at SG, Lamar Odom at SF, Elton Brand at PF, and Andrew Bynum at C?
Jermaine O’Neal is good, so is Marion but Elton Brand 100% healthy is the best power forward in the league behind Duncan and Garnett.
Logically is this something the Lakers can do? Yes it is, next year the Lakers will have 9.1 million off the books. AKA Kwame Brown. Yes the time has come where Brown is shown the door. Also guys like Evans, and Turiaf are free agents as well. Sasha Vujacic can also take a Qualifying offer from other teams.
Now im not saying get rid of great guys like Turiaf, or an athletic beast in Evans but with Browns salary off the books. This could be a possibility. Elton Brand will have a player option this summer. He currently makes 15.3 million. But, if the Lakers are willing to do one of two things. Either take the somewhat large contract in and pay the luxury tax. Or do a sign and trade with guys like Brian Cook then this could actually happen.
Would Kobe Bryant leave a team with longtime friend Fisher, his boy LO, and Elton Brand? I think not.
This team could compete with the most talented teams in the league. You think the Celtics look good? Brand can guard Garnett, Kobe would destroy Allen, and LO would post up Pierce all day. Also, don’t forget our depth. Turiaf, Walton, Farmer, Crittenton, Radmanovic, Mihm, that to me has a championship run written all over it.
Currently I’m proud of my Lakers and have seen some excellent improvement over last year. I am glad that the Kobe talks have died down, unless you’re in the United Center watching a Bulls game. But things are good right now for Laker fans. But if we could pull this thing off this summer… Things would be a lot better for us.
In 2008 we would all be making plans to meet up at staples center for the 2008 championship parade. It might be too soon to speculate but remember you heard it here first.