Chances are Lakers should be in a better position in the future than now. Besides, you said this draft is one of the deepest in a while, why give up the protection when this team may very well be in play?
Anyway, Im indifferent about Noel. Part of me hope Lakers trade for him and get a deal in summer time like JC. OTOH, committing a fat contract to someone who hasnt established himself may be a mistake.
Well, that was the same logic that made us give up all those picks for Nash. Look at the Nets' situation, that's also because they assumed they would be good. That said, it could be a lottery protected first, though, which would make it better. Just dont think that its worth giving up future assets for a guy that perhaps could be aquired in free agency.
Wouldn't want to give up the protection in this year's draft under any circumstances. That pick would be the key in terms of adding a superstar.
In a perfect world, we get a lucky bounce and keep the pick. Then offer Noel a lucrative deal in free agency, which Philly doesn't match.
Russell - Fultz/Ball - Ingram - Randle - Noel
Russell - Ingram - Jackson - Randle - Noel
That team could contend in a couple of years.