I don’t necessarily disagree with that approach although I thought this thread assumed that wasn’t a possibility.
And honestly, if we strike out this summer, who is realistically going to be available in 2019? PG, Lebron probably wont be available. Kawhi/Klay/Butler/Kemba, perhaps, but Klay looks to be signing an extension and Kawhi either signs a super-max OR gets moved. So are you really holding out for Jimmy Butler and/or Kemba?
You also have to consider that the market right now is completely saturated with talent and there’s a lot more talent available than there is money to spend. Some teams also are way above the cap so there could be talent to be had that way as well.
Free Agency isn't the only way to acquire talent. Carry most of our cap space into the season. Be prepared to take on contracts or help other teams facilitate trades while stockpiling draft picks.
If we get really lucky, a disgruntled star who is in the final year of his contract forces his way to the Lakers. We can absorb his contract, give them young players and draft picks and have someone to build around.
I don't think it's about striking now. I think we need to strike at the right time. We can add mid-tier talent any and every year. If we add a Superstar (or 2) first, our remaining cap space becomes much more valuable. Mid Tier players will take less to play with Elite players. If you spend the money on mid tier players first, you won't have that money to spend on the Elite Players later...and you're not convincing Elite Players to take less when there's more money on the table from better teams.
Cart before the horse.
A lot of Lakers fans assume Randle or Ingram will make the leap into SuperStardom. That's the only explanation for trying to skip steps that seem vital for our future. Seems like you assume that putting role players around Ingram or Randle helps them become stars sooner...please consider the other possible outcome:
Surrounding Ingram or Randle with role players doesn't change who they are, which is not a #1 option guy on a good team.
Edited by GCMD, May 28, 2018 - 08:01 AM.