It's been a while since I've posted here since I've been so busy with work, but I have been checking this regularly.
I don't believe that the Lakers have any true rebuilding plan. Their "plan" seems to consist of begging superstars to come sign here in FA and ignoring the actual team building aspect. Save for some good pickups in Black and Clarkson, I can't name any other decent choices that the FO has made in terms of coaching, roster building, and overall decision making. The past few years have been horrendous, and while I'll always be a fan of the Lakers, it will be in spite of this front office. Now I guess I understand why there are still Knicks fans. I can stand losing if there's a direction or purpose, but getting Kobe higher on the scoring list isn't one.
It looks like the Lakers are honestly trying their absolute hardest to win 30 games and simultaneously gift wrap the pick to Phoenix whilst not making the playoffs. Looking at what Boston and New York are doing, this is just stupid. What are they scared of? Kobe has already been paid; $23.5 million a year is plenty to placate him during a losing season.
To quote Jeanie: "The draft pick to Phoenix, if we don't give it to them this year, we have to give it to them next year, so I don't really see what the logic would be." That USC education of hers is clearly showing. What's wrong with keeping our pick this year? The goal is to give it to Phoenix next year as hopefully, we would have improved substantially. There's nothing that says if we don't keep our pick this year, we'll get it in 2016. I never liked Jeanie any more than Jim, as I think she's incompetent due to her emotional decision making, but this just shows the ineptitude of the FO.
What's truly hurt us over the past few years is the loss of assets for absolutely nothing in return. All logic would dictate that we start stockpiling assets to build up again towards growing talent and/or making a trade for a superstar (example of Harden). Looking at the cases of Dwight, Nash (apparently he's refusing to even come mentor?), and even Pau (who just put up 46 points tonight), we've received absolutely nothing for their departures. It's a large reason why our team consists of Kobe and a bunch of one year deals.
With Boston, New York, Philly firmly in the bottom 3, the Lakers will probably not get the pick this year, with it landing around 7 or 8. Our "rebuilding plan" will consist of begging Marc (fat chance after how we treated Pau) and Rondo (who is almost 30 and not a championship second option) to sign with us. Similarly to last year where they ignored everyone not named LeBron or Carmelo, we probably won't look at anyone else. Unless LeBron, Butler, and DeAndre Jordan suddenly decide to come over, the only improvement next year will be the return of Randle.
If we can keep the pick, that would open up so many more options. We can land a potential stud, or at the very least a valuable trade chip. I hate losing as much as anyone, but in a limbo year like this, sacrificing Kobe's health to hit 30 wins is the worst possible thing. Unfortunately for us, Byron's mandate is to do exactly the worst thing for the team, as he's a terrible coach.