Outside of Dwight (at the time). I remember I got killed on these forums for suggesting those guys would pass AND that they were bad ideas to sign. I was team tank in 13-14 lol. Glad everyone else came around.
Yeah, I too was not too high on either Melo or Aldridge. The fact that we've gotten 3 consecutive second round picks and have compiled what we currently have now since then is pretty damn good.
The only thing that hurt in regards to Aldridge was the negative feedback and slaughtering of our front office in how they handled the pitch. That summer really placed our FO in an extremely bad light and fortunately our new one has come around to repairing and reshaping that image.
I’m talking about the now. I was team tank too in those years. I wanted to build our own stars. Everytime we lost I was excited like we won. Only person out of that list I wanted was Howard. But that turned out to be a blessing. All I’m saying is I’m tired of the cap room talk. You got PG13, you got Lebron, You got DMC. Go get one! Or build your own Lonzo, Ingram, Randle, Kuzma. So I’m not saying we should have taken everybody or anybody I’m just tired of the cap space talk.
Of course now is the time to go all in. The Lakers, as well as any competitive sports franchise never truly wants to "hold onto cap space". Not only are there huge financial risks and drawbacks in doing so, but for a large market team (2nd in the entire league) it's obvious that Magic and Pelinka want/need a true star. The only thing holding us back of course is an actual star player wanting to bring his talents here.
Even with money it's going to be very tough. Regardless of the whole George and Lebron talk, my big question mark is the Julius Randle one. His value is very difficult to gauge and I'm not sure how much I'd be willing to pay him with or without a guy like PG13 or Lebron on our roster. It's evident that he's been a key contributor on both ends and is a guy whom truly helps make our lineups more versatile, but is he worth what he'll be asking for?