The Rockets have 2 problems
1) Their offense is predicated on PnR generating mismatches which they exploit via ISOs. The Warriors versatile defensive players make this a problem.
2) It's a D'Antoni team, they play lackluster defense. Harden is one of the biggest culprits. Paul is getting up there in age and not as good as he's used to. Ariza and Capela help, but the other guys you mentioned like Anderson and Gordon are matadors.
The Rockets are an offensive team. I stated before that's NOT how you beat the Warriors. You beat them with defense - and we'll have 2 elite defensive players in George and Leonard.
Also, if you value flexibility so much, what will you do with George and 4 young guys?
I agree with everything you stated about the Rockets, their coaching and gameplan is the polar opposite of what you want facing head to head with GSW.
They're trying to outshoot/outscore the Warriors which is a recipe for failure.
With George, Lonzo, Ingram, Kuzma, and Randle. I'd hope to see some growth and development their first year together. Possibly a playoff birth. Magic and Pelinka have shown that they may have interest in maintaining financial flexiblity for 2019 so hopefully if things work out you can sign an additional star player that offseason whether it be Kawhi or Klay (I think he resigns with GSW).
The 2019 free agency class is also filled with a bunch of quality role players and All-Star caliber players in Paul Milsap, Al Horford, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Ryan Anderson, Goran Dragic, Draymond Green, and a list of other names. I'm not saying the Lakers should go after said players, but the market in general will be filled with quality talent. Much deeper than this years class and previous years.
2018-2019 Lakers Salary
Lonzo = $9 million
George = $30 million
Brandon Ingram = $6 million
Kyle Kuzma = $1.7 million
Luol Deng = $18 million
Julius Randle = $15 million (rough estimate of if we were to resign him)
That's roughly $80 million across 6 players. I'd use the remaining $20 or so million as well as the MLE to sign quality role players on 1 year deals to maintain the financial flexibility heading into the 2019 offseason. If you decide to not resign Randle, then you'd have a max slot available for 2019.
The 2019-2020 contracts will be very similar give or take $2-3 million.
I don't think Pop let's Kawhi walk for nothing, but I do think that their relationship has gone down the drain and there's no way he wears a Spurs uniform come 2019.
My plan does bank on alot of chips falling in place and of course, my hope in the youth developing at a reasonable rate. People seem to get crucified for wanting to take a risk in hopes that our young players develop.
Edited by LakeShow1o1, May 16, 2018 - 02:20 PM.