After thinking about this, I think the Lakers are about to do something really stupid or really smart.
I wonder why this came about right before the draft? Why would PG13 drop this bomb now? It's not like he truly cares about IND if he's telling them he's leaving regardless. I think this all came about because the Lakers have the #2 and IND will more likely take picks than players. The Kings have the 5th and 10th picks. If the Lakers trade back, they could offer 5th/10th/28th/Clarkson/Brewer for PG13. That's a respectable haul.
On the other hand, if the Lakers can't get the 5th/10th, IND asks for 2nd/28th/Clarkson/Brewer.
Do we low ball them and keep the 2nd pick? Or do we make a respectable offer? How soon does IND panic or do they panic at all? If PG13 backtracks and says he will consider IND next offseason, do they still need to trade him?
PG13, Russell and Randle all have the same agent...doubt Russell or Randle are involved but if we could trade either for the 5th/10th, that would allow us to keep the 2nd pick...
Like I said...we are likely to do something really stupid or really smart...
I don't think we are giving up the #2 pick in a deal for Paul George (or even as part of the process of obtaining George). I just don't.
But, if the #2 goes, then a bad contract has to go with it, right?
If we do free up salary, then we are talking about positioning ourselves to make a play in free agency (no later than next summer), instead of worrying about whether we hit or miss on the #2.
Edited by UKUGA, June 19, 2017 - 05:35 AM.