So you claim that you are considering that hypothetical trade in terms of "team building", but I'm not? Do you think I'm emotionally attached to Ingram or something?
Ingram has a rookie level contract until 2020 summer. Do you know the value of that in "team building"? Go ahead and find me a 20ppg 6rpg two-way player that will play for $5.7m next season and $7.5m the season after that. Not to mention the value he will have multiplied as he becomes a seasoned pro.
It is not Lebron vs. Ingram as I have said. We can acquire Lebron in FA anyway if he puts his mind to come here. Trading Ingram, the guy I just outlined in previous instances, would be a major slap in the face for "team building". You can look back the Celtics Big-3 era, Heatles Big-3 era and eventually current Warriors era that those constructed super teams do not last. The lifespan of that fantasized Cousins-PG-Lebron super team would be limited to whatever Lebron has left in the tank. Again, how many years does he have left in the tank?
On the other hand a core of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram can last for 15 years. As those two stick together and age, the alure of LA will bring pieces together around them. That is much more valuable than any other short term plan we may have.
Your comments continue to highlight that you are too narrowly focused on an Ingram for Lebron swap.
I'm saying that while that move, in isolation, is debatable (if you want it to be), as a move that opens the door for other moves, there is no debate.
If you really have a situation where other players are saying, "I will sign with you, if you do the Lebron deal," then you do it.
If you are willing to risk bringing in other stars, because you love Ingram too much to trade for Lebron, then that is foolish. FOOLISH.
You don't do that.
Now, if no one else is coming, and Lebron says, "I want to be a Laker"; of course you do not trade Ingram for him if you can sign him outright, and no one else is coming. If you have the cap room and Lebron is willing to sign, then of course you sign him. There's no question there.
But, do you prevent yourself from putting together a star-studded team over Brandon Ingram? Absolutely not.
Edited by UKUGA, July 20, 2017 - 08:14 AM.