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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:56 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink |  

    Why should the Los Angeles Clippers get a pass for screwing Blake Griffin? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:03 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seriously, this is how Balmer and crew treat their supposed “franchise” player? Smacks of the same callous cold heartless approach of Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics towards Isaiah Thomas or the San Antonio Spurs attitude towards Kawhi Leonard’s controversial quad injury. Everybody always seems to forget how the Clippers intentionally lied and misrepresented their intentions to Blake, hanging his jersey in Staples, and then calculatingly dumping him to the Pistons as soon as he was eligible to be traded. When it comes down to choosing his next franchise, I don’t see a sensitive guy like Kawhi Leonard trusting Balmer and crew. Take off the sheep’s clothing and the Clippers are still the same old Clippers.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 6:50 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink |  

    DLo’s Agent is None Other Than Aaron Mintz 

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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:02 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:02 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No surprise. Only takes them to $85 million and I’m sure they can free up room to go after another top tier. If Leonard is only taking meetings with 3 teams (Raps, Clips, Lakers) and some of the players assumed to stay do indeed stay there will be a lot of mid-tier players that could find a really decent payday. The D-Russ, Danny Green, Brook Lopez markets will be there. If a team like Dallas, or whatever teams get left (hopefully quickly) at the Leonard alter they will have a nice little pocket to really swoop up some solid talent on reasonable deals, especially if they bump the money and ask for team options in return. It’ll be interesting to see what happens day one.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:55 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 7:53 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:35 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers ‘confident’ they can get max cap space for free agency if they need it 

    Much of last week was occupied by analysts questioning whether Pelinka, in his zeal to complete the Davis deal, had overlooked certain nuances of the salary cap and made it more difficult to create space for another max player. But sources said the Lakers remain confident they can get close enough to the roughly $32 million needed to sign a player like Irving or Kemba Walker to a max deal — by dumping the contracts of Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones — if they get a commitment from a top-tier player.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:42 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m a little perplexed by the concept that we would not clear as much cap space as possible as soon as possible assuming it can be done. I mean we need $32 million for a max free agent but that doesn’t mean we less if we go after two or three non-max players. Frankly, if we want to sign Russell and Green or a similar twosome, we’re going to need the same $32 million. Bottom line, something doesn’t seem right about the logic being perpetuated here about the cap space.

      Maybe the issue is what the cost would be. For example, maybe if we get a third superstar ready to sign up and the price is trading Kuzma, then we bite the bullet. But that doesn’t seem to be the situation. I mean we can trade the three players for a second round pick and give them enough cash to more than cover their salaries. There have to be teams with $5 million in cap space who would jump at that opportunity.

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:08 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m not, there’s a lot of elements to this and a lot of it seems to have been purposefully left nebulous. My wondering from earlier (is the expanded trade already agreed upon and it’s just the waiting to see what AD wants? or is the expanded trade yet to be fully negotiated?) still stand as wondering. Also, AD has a say in this and while it’s easy for fans to un-check the “pay me $4 million dollars, please!” box I’ll bet it’s not so easy when it’s your money, your family, your life. I don’t care how much of a pittance it looks compared to what he could potentially make I will never disparage a professional athlete his hard-earned freedom to make the coin he can while he can play.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:56 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The talk is that AD may be reluctant to give away that $4mill in order to sign a lesser player(s).

      “There’s principalities in this Smokey!”
      -Big Worm

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:28 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kawhi met with Raptors, meeting with Lakers July 1st and Clippers 2nd? That’s all, Folks! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:31 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is good news if true as Lakers need quick decision from Kawhi.
      Love to see him choose Lakers and cancel meeting with Clippers.

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:35 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If he signs with the Clippers it’ll be interesting to see whom they pair with him. That team did the very best it could do and relied on Sweet Lou in the 4th. That’ll switch to Kwahi Time. All very fun to think about, can’t want until dominoes start falling

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 6:52 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I can’t reveal my sources but they tell me Al Horford could be the 2nd shoe to drop if Kawhi chooses the Clipps. A lineup with Beverly, Kawhi, Trez, & Horford will have alotta dudes soaking in the hot tub after playing the Clipps…lol

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:23 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            They don’t have the cap space unless they move Gallo’s contract.
            Clipper will still be Clippers when their free agency turns into a pumpkin.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 7:32 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            But…..we don’t have the space either.

            lol

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:34 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              Lakers have a much easier path to create the space than the Clippers.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 7:44 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              Clipps have an extra 1st rounder in each of the next 2 drafts they can attach to Gallo’s expiring deal. It can be done. Folks gotta realize that other teams have moves to make as well.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:51 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              MS is right about Gallo.

            • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:54 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              All our tools are exhausted once we clear cap space and we’ll, in theory, have 4 players on the roster. One wonders if the deal between Rob and Pelinka has as of yet to be determined assets to expand the trade or if it’s always been Wagner and Bonga. If Rob calls and Griffin says, ‘OK, we’ll take Kuzma’ one wonders how that looks from the Lakers perspective. You’ve gone down the road so far, already…what’s another potentially good to great player?

            • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:57 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              Also, we’re assuming Horford takes the max, he could chip a couple mil off his deal to make room for a max Leonard offer and they keep Gallo. Ain’t nobody here have any insight into what these dudes are looking to do. Nobody saw the Miami team coming together like it did (with everyone taking a small pay cut), nobody saw LeBron going back to Cleveland when he did, nobody saw the Thunder or the Raptors making the moves they did and so on. This summer will be no different.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 7:50 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Gonna be close now…Masai is staying put.

          • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:52 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hot tub, ice, hot tub, ice. The all ‘what did I just run into?!’ team.

          • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:09 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I think your sources are onto something.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:34 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              A starting lineup of SGA, Bev, Kawhi, Trez, & Al with Lou, Shamet, & Zub off the bench is nothing to sneeze at.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:44 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              Don’t compare with DLo, Green, LeBron, Kuzma, and AD though or Rondo, Kuzma, LeBron, Kawhi, and AD.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:46 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              Who said it did?

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:33 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While league rules prohibit Toronto from dealing directly with Leonard or his reps until July I’m sure it’s been made known through channels of all variety’s that the max is coming and, should there be a player attainable, they’ll go after player X. Also, should one of your teammates be one you simply MUST have on the roster feel free to let us know and we’ll do everything we can to bring them back.

      Masai staying was a blow to every other team hoping to convince Leonard to bolt. He did everything right from minute one and never let the specter of him leaving cloud present moments. If there’s one thing I would guess at what motivates Leonard it’s in functioning in the now, being well prepared and giving the team 100%. He obviously felt the Spurs wanted him to come back early and risk re-injury, watching what happened to KD I can appreciate to an even greater degree how that must feel as a player.

      The Clippers are, frankly the team best positioned to sign Leonard and pair him with another superstar player of his choice. I don’t think he cares about the spotlight that follows him and follow it will, be it in Toronto, LA OG or LA Coattails or wherever there will be attention. That, to me, has never been a factor. Clippers will never have the attention they think they deserve because, even if they win a banner, it’s only 1 compared to the other franchises that have multiple. I mean, c’mon, they’re the Clippers.

      Having said that I stand by my statement. If there’s a player not named Anthony Davis or LeBron James that Leonard has his heart set on playing with the Clippers (of the team’s mentioned above, I’m leaving out allllll the othe3r squads that have more cap space than us) than they can more easily accommodate his wishes. Trade Sweet Lou and whomever to get a player? Done. Free agent you’ve talked this scenario out with already? Done. Lakers don’t have that room, anymore. He has to want to play with who we have.

      Going to be very interesting to see how all the speculation, for that is exactly what this is, fares in the reality of July. Less than a week!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:39 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Clippers would have to move Gallo’s contract to have the cap space for two max players. Not going to happen. Kawhi wouldn’t be watching the Lakers cap space situation unless the Lakers were a viable destination. I still think he’s going to chose to be a Laker. In the end, Clippers will still be the Clippers.

        • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:07 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s all possible, thus none of it can be outright dismissed. I still think he doesn’t know what he wants to do and will decide at the deciding time. Everything I’ve ever read about Leonard brings up three consistent points:

          -he values loyalty
          -he values a well-crafted and well-thought out process
          -he’s all about the team

          The Lakers, if they want a ghost of a shot, need to come in better prepared than they were for, say, the LaMarcus Aldridge meeting where they had to ask for another one because they forgot to talk about the actual game of basketball and tried selling him on how his brand would improve and how nice it is to play in LA and, by the way, have you heard that we’ve won a lot of banners? That ship will sink, guaranteed. If you don’t have a 3 tier choice for every roster spot and how you’re going to pay for it and how Frank will make it all work and how Jason Kidd won’t f**k it all up by beating someone up or spilling his Coke on the court…you might have a chance.

          Clippers have to have the same thing, the only known entity to Kawhi will be Toronto where they can point to the elite Sports Director (Alex McK), the rabid fan base that reps an entire country, the way they masterfully managed the PR around his load management and arguably the best GM on planet Earth right now in Masai. If they say ‘we’re willing to spend whatever it takes to bring as much of the band back together as we can’ than the only reason he walks is because playing in Los Angeles means that much to him.

          Clippers can spend more than we can. They have more cap space, can free up even more cap space with ease, and they have some legendary team builders in their meeting. Sure, we’ll have Kobe, Bron-Bron, maybe even Magic on speaker phone so they can mute him but no Jerry West. No NBA champion winning head coach and an owner that doesn’t shirk their responsibility along with a clear delineation of authority.

          I have no idea if any of those things matter to Leonard, the only three consistents I can find are in relation to the three points above. From my point of view Toronto leads in all 3. But who knows, my value system is not Leonard’s.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 8:43 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I wonder if Jerry West will connect with Kawhi on a deep level. They both have that socially awkward superstar savant kinda thing going on.

            One caveat I have is about Rob. Since the 1st time I ever heard him speak he’s struck me as the kinda guy you either believe in whole-heartedly or the kinda guy you think is totally fulla shyte. Obviously Jeanie & Linda believe the former…I believe the latter. What’s gonna matter is what Kawhi believes. Whoever is in that meeting will have to be able to read the vibe in that room and adjust quickly.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:45 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              I still can’t see Kawhi wanting to go to the Clippers. If he doesn’t want to play with LeBron and AD, then staying with the Raptors is a far better option. I refuse to believe the Clippers will be anything but the Clippers in the end.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:52 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink

              Like I said earlier…Signing a 1+1 with the Raps seems like the best option to me if they decide to keep the core together and make a coupla more runs. Everybody’s under contract next season except Kawhi & Green. Then he can get that top-tier max with his 10yrs of service. But…nobody has any clue which way he’s leaning…

            • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:20 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink

              Yup. The pedigree in each room will be very different. On the Lakers side you’ll have family legacy that you’re not a part of so he’ll want to join the cast of the LA version of Dallas. The Clippers will have their inglorious history but they’ll also have a cross generation of some of the best basketball minds of all time. I could definitely see him and Jerry sharing that kind of bond. Ballmer is smart, not inherited it, worked hard and came up in this smart but real-world, cut-throat smart. Doc is Doc, he’ll pitch the team and he’ll pitch it well and he’ll wear his 2008-09 ring. Maybe Danny Manning will be in the room. Kidding on that last one.

              The ‘nobody knows which way Leonard leans’ vibe is both strong and true. We got opinions and thoughts. Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!!!

        • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:14 AM on June 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          lol, just like if the cost to the Lakers is Kuzma the Clippers won’t blink at moving Dani’s deal. It would transmogrify to ash in a split second. I think Kawhi is taking in baseball games and celebrating right now, when the time comes all of this will be waiting. I don’t believe half of what I read during these weeks, just speculation fueled by boredom and desire.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:34 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think he’s staying.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:19 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers are looking to bring Kentavious Caldwell-Pope back on a cap-friendly deal 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:22 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What does cap friendly mean? KCP’s not going to sign for the vet minimum and the $38 million will go to a max guy or starting guards. Only thing I can think is a two-year deal for the Room with a promise to reward him with a better contract to follow.

      Lakers do owe Klutch Sports a lot for LeBron and AD and truthfully, giving KCP the money the last two years was clearly a good investment. My only concern is whether he can play well coming off the bench and would he be willing to do that. If so, he might be our room.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:55 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dude ain’t worth anything more than a vet minimum.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:11 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Please…no…we’ve already suffered through 2 seasons of KCP. Well, not quite 2 since he was suspended for a bunch his first season for violating his parole and was checked out for the first half of last season. Just say no.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:39 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Many fans online have stated that “only if HE pays the Lakers to play.”
        LOL!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:18 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Leonard’s camp is also rumored to be keeping an eye on the Lakers! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:12 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Backlash against Magic may have hurt Lue and helped Frank Vogel get Lakers’ job 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:10 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Market for D’Angelo Russell diminishing, which should help Lakers sign him for $20M 

     
  • p ang

    p ang 3:57 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Rockets doing a Kanye.

    NOOOOO! Award doesn’t belong with Taylor Swift. It belongs to Beyonce.

    Guess what that did for Kanye’s cred.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:42 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers 2019-20 Roster 

    Starters in ALL CAPS

    PG: D’ANGELO RUSSELL, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso
    SG: DANNY GREEN, Reggie Bullock, Talen Horton-Tucker
    SF: LEBRON JAMES, Trevor Ariza, Kyle Korver
    PF: KYLE KUZMA, Marcus Morris, Jonas Jerebko
    CE: ANTHONY DAVIS, JaVale McGee, Mike Muscala

    Room Exception: Morris.

    Vet Min Exceptions: Rondo, Caruso, Bullock, Ariza, Korver, Jerebko, McGee, Korver

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:24 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    “Cavs’ Jordan Clarkson changes agents and signs with Klutch Sports and Rich Paul” 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:58 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rich Paul preparing for life after Lebron.
      Not bad for a dude who was just a hanger-on “posse” member. I love when the status quo is proven wrong…lol

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:10 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers reportedly ‘remain confident’ they can clear cap space if player commits 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:29 PM on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What’s stupid about this story is that it insinuates that the Lakers wouldn’t move Wagner, Bonga, and Jones unless they sign a max player, which makes no sense. Even if they don’t sign a max player, the Lakers will need every dollar of cap space they can clear to sign the best two players or three players they can.

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