Yeah with Dwight out for about 2 months and the West always being a tough race Houston may falter a bit in the standings. Hopefully they do so we can potentially land Levert.
When it comes down to it, LeVert and Russell are the two I'd be most happy with landing in the draft. All else be darned I think LeVert could turn into a 2nd scoring option on a team if given the chance, he is 6'7 primary size for a shooting guard, has the handle, can pass, can shoot. He's not as good as passer as Russell and handling of point guard duties like Russell can.
But they make a good combination. It just depends imo what Clarkson shows, if he can be a viable starter. Because if he can that's gonna be a tough scenario. But if Clarkson shows that he is a viable scoring 2 or 1 off the bench that could be a different spin on things. Just depends really.
Clarkson said it himself he wants to be "great" and he plays like he wants it too so we'll see.
But as far as THIS draft, the two gems I'd love to land would be Russell and LeVert.
If it honestly came down to it we could play LeVert at the 3 as he grew into his body more, 6'7 is a fine size for a 2 or a 3. So we'll see how it transpires.
But the most important thing is they'd all fit together. I'd be fine with either Clarkson or LeVert being our starting 2 once Kobe has retired. to be honest. I'd also be fine with LeVert at the 2 and Clarkson at backup 1.
IF everyone pans out I would assume in 2-3 years this would be our lineup with our prospects and contracts to re-sign(I'll include Ed Davis)
At this point it's about getting a strong small forward for your future and a starting center.
The question is, who could be the small forward and the center.
I KNOW the Lakers end game after the cap jump is Durant followed by Anthony Davis, I know that. But those are the two gaps that are open. The team Mitch has to create is a team a star could fall into and take somewhere. In 2018 I could see them going after DeMarcus Cousins which fits the 2-3 seasons timeline.
So the question is if Durant would join this team in 2016? Not unless Russell or LeVert looked like all-stars out of the gate and not even HE did in his first year. It would take them 2-3 seasons to come around. The only even bit of hope you'd have in Durant coming here would be a healthy, efficient Kobe who is playing at a high level enough and willing to stick around but given the circumstances of the past two seasons he needs to have a healthy and extremely efficient season FIRST.
So right now the Lakers look like they aren't going to make the 'gigantic' free agent splash till at least 2017, or 2018. At which time Kobe will be retired.
So your two splashes you'll attempt is 2017 with Anthony Davis if he opts out of New Orleans to test the free agent market and 2018 where DeMarcus Cousins becomes a free agent. That's the earliest you'd look.
I think Durant is going to Washington most likely, strictly because he can't depend on his body like he used to and he's 26 years old, will be 28 when he's a free agent. He doesn't have 2-3 years to wait around for a team to become a championship contender. If the Lakers landed him in 2016 with two rookies and Kobe returning then color me the most shocked I have ever been in a free agent signing the Lakers have ever made. Because I will say right now if Durant doesn't come, Kobe is retiring, so we need to plan right now as if both of those things are happening.
Edited by Majesty, February 09, 2015 - 02:42 PM.