Been a lot of back and forth about what LA should be doing with the roster and strategy on the floor. Let's discuss some realistic things that can be done this year to give the team the best chance to win.
Anthony Davis trade is most likely NOT happening this year for a few reasons so let's not bombard the thread with that or anything having to do with NEXT season.
A few knowns:
1. LA is going to preserve cap space of a max player (so trading for Beal is a non starter in this thread)
2. LA isn't trading Lebron lol
3. Luke likely isn't getting fired
Suggestions that can get the team going:
1. I think internally LA should consider playing KCP more than Hart. Hart has been a fan favorite but when he's bad it mostly goes unnoticed because he's not one of the high expectation lottery guys. He's also still too slow footed vs quick guards. Not sure if that will change.
Maybe another way to go about this is playing Hart at the 4 and Kuz at the 2 defensively, matchup based of course. They seem to have the opposite issues of each other on defense.
2. They also have to find a way to get Moe Wagner more minutes. This team doesn't need a roster overhaul to shore up more shooting but they need a big thats a threat to shoot. Tyson Chandler has done well for us but he's still an offensive liability at times and a guy like Moe can give the team a bit more spacing for getting to the hole instead of just jacking up 3s.
I think a shooter at the 5 can open up things like Brook did for BI and Zo last year. Moe is still a 1st round pick that was a 3 year college player and I don't believe all his time needs to spent in the G League. They have to figure out if he can contribute like Kuz did last year.
3. I don't believe they'll make any real trades this year due to the AD situation. KCP might be the only value piece they can move in season w/o jeopardizing the assets needed for an AD move. Im not even sure what's on the market that KCP can get back that would actually boost the team.
I rewatched the Warriors game and this team probably is the best built to beat the Warriors over any NBA. Not saying they are the BEST team but they are the best matchup for that team. On the flip side I believe other teams like the Rockets present some issues for them if they continue to stay inconsistent offensively.
I'm not in a panic like some though. Bron covers a lot of offensive issues DESPITE some of the perceived ills the team has. LA doesn't have a 2nd guy avg 20-25 a game but they do have 3-4 guys that can get 15-18 together with Lebron having a big night. Hopefully we can secure Ariza in the buyout market come playoff time to add more shooting and length on D.
What do you guys have?
Edited by Jody Smokes, January 04, 2019 - 02:47 PM.