There are many scenarios where i could see IT as a Laker going forward.
1. We sign TWO max guys and re-sign IT using his Bird Rights. If it’s LBJ and PG it wont happen, but if its PG and either Boogie or DeAndre, it could make some sense to keep IT. With Ingram being a RFA in 2020 i think it would be important to keep IT on a more lucrative 2-yr deal, rather than a 3-4yr deal. The salary wouldn’t matter too much. Wouldn’t be able to keep Randle though. Maybe Lopez.
Lonzo, IT, Hart, Ingram, George, Kuzma, Boogie, Lopez.
2. We sign ONE max guy and spend the rest of the salary on a cost effective roleplayers. 2018 really REALLY is a buyers market and if we only can get ONE max guy it may be a better idea to spend on a few high-end roleplayers rather than wait for the star to join. If we signed George, we could probably keep Randle, IT and Lopez as well as add a guy like Avery Bradley.
Lonzo, IT, Bradley, Hart, Ingram, George, Kuzma, Randle, Lopez.
3. We sign ONE (or NONE) max guy(s) and re-sign IT on a lucrative 1-yr deal, which allow us to chase someone in 2019.
If we strike out or get ONE max, but decide to kick the can down the road to 2019 we could just overpay IT for one season.