This is why I dont like to discuss hypothetical situations particularly ones that are in hindsight. Passing on IT2 was a terrible decision UNLESS they were trying to tank. The real problem is that they decided not to do ANYTHING until Melo made his decision. This is why they lost out of Bazemore by not offering him the QO to retain him as an RFA and he walked over to ATL from pennies, BUT they signed Nick Young to a 4 year deal lmao
Yes, unfortunately when it comes to Bazemore they shouldn't have done that. But putting all their eggs in a basket unfortunately has been there thing for a while. And losing Bazemore just because they didn't offer him a RFA is something they likely now regret considering it then became Wesley Johnson that got all those responsibilities that initially Bazemore could be trusted with.
Yea exactly hindsight is tricky like that. Maybe it was for the best that we let players like IT, Baze, Davis, etc. go because we were really terrible and got high draft picks as a result. But the flip side nobody ever wants to talk about is maybe with a decent foundation of players (not just them) we could have also signed guys like Parsons and Aldridge and maybe we'd be a 40 something win playoff team with 30+ million in cap space this summer. Sure it may have been better for the Lakers in the long run to bottom out but with the exception of this past season don't try and convince me that this has all been some master plan from the second that Dwight left because I'm not buying it. Roster mistakes were definitely made; it's not just about the coaching. Drafting well is the only thing the Lakers have done right in the past 2 calendar years.
Fortunately for us Bazemore is available this off-season and Thomas the very next. That is barring him getting an extension in Boston which will most assuredly happen.
One thing I will say about IT was that it was his problems he caused in the locker room that also got him moved from both Sacramento and Phoenix.
Boston however treats him like the starter/star he feels he is so he hasn't caused any issues as far as that has been so that's a good thing. Even still for a good two seasons he was considered a locker room problem. So that may be something to consider. If he was here right now he'd likely be a backup behind Russell. If he'd accept that without causing problems, I don't know.
What I do know is that despite those mistakes I'm happy that we have Clarkson, Randle, and Russell right now. And I would prefer that on a long term scale than IT as our starting point guard atm. So fortunately for us it worked out in terms of the talent we obtained in the seasons after. Again, Drafting well is the only good thing we've done as free agency for the most part has been a lotta miss and not much hit and a lot of talent we could have kept on small scale contracts we released with big fish on our mind, even if we were intending on re-signing them they moved on.
Edited by Majesty, April 23, 2016 - 10:04 AM.