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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:29 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink |  

    Not sure how the Wiz will defend IT…When he discontinues his dribble, other than LeBron and Harden, he’s toughest to guard.

    Defensively, he should get posted up by Wall or Beal. Although Scott Brooks lack of imagination Offensively could doom the Wiz.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:13 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink |  

    Another year another diss from the Rock and Roll HOF 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:15 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kobe’s theme song on the Court.

      I broke a thousand hearts
      Before I met you
      I’ll break a thousand more, baby
      Before I am through
      I wanna be yours pretty baby
      Yours and yours alone
      I’m here to tell ya honey
      That I’m bad to the bone
      Bad to the bone
      B-B-B-Bad
      B-B-B-Bad
      B-B-B-Bad
      Bad to the bone

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:40 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers Must Carefully Evaluate Assets In Any Paul George Trade 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:50 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      8 Trading Chips
      ——————
      (1) #1-3 Pick
      (2) Ingram
      (3) Russell
      (4) Randle
      (5) Clarkson
      (6) Zubac
      (7) Nance, Jr.’
      (8) #28 Pick

      What is most Lakers should give up to trade for Paul George this summer considering there is no guarantee he will sign long term and other teams know he wants to come to Lakers as free agent?

      My Answer:

      (1) No to Ingram and the1-3 Pick as they should be untouchable.
      (2) No to Zubac because he won’t be a deal breaker to Indy because of Miles Turner.
      (3) Russell only if we draft Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox and Indy won’t accept (4)
      (4) Randle, Clarkson, and #28 Pick.
      (5) Otherwise, we wait for PG as free agent summer of 2018

      Other teams are going to be reluctant. We need to stay firm and not overpay.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:46 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My preference would be to wait for 2018 but there’s risk involved with that. Ainge could put together a good package and still not decimate his team.

  • tate793

    tate793 1:23 AM on April 29, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:10 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    It seems kinda weird when people talk about GOAT, always Jordan, LeBron, once in a while Kareem, but rarely is this guy (Kobe) mentioned with 18 All Star selects, MVP, 4 AS Game MVP’s, 2 time Scoring Champ, 15 All NBA team,12 All NBA Defensive team, 5 Golden Rings, 2 Finals MVP, 20 Years with same team, 3rd All Time Points, ONLY NBA player with over 30K Points and 6K Assists.

    Congrats GDUB-Wizzies movin on!

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 1:34 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah, Deej … JWall played like one of those ‘Superstars’ u’re always coveting in that 4th qt. against the Hawks in that game 6, series clinching victory. : )

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:48 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    It's WIN.. or Go Home for the Hawks, Bulls, & Clippers tonight! 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:58 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:17 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Reading the Indianapolis Star over the past year pointed in this direction.

      He was doing them a favor.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:25 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 10:25 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If only Larry would have dealt PG on the cheap prior to his departure

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 10:26 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think this is BAD -- new regime won’t care (lack of professional relationship) about PG’s wishes and are just going to take the best deal.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:13 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I would say Larry had the conflict of interest here.

        Wasn’t going to pick between friends. Clouds judgement.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:48 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow…I think this could bode well for a fair trade, actually. Both regime’s will simply be looking to find their footing. Neither is dealing from a position of strength. Wonder if Larry knew PG was bolting?

      • CSTracy10

        CSTracy10 11:12 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PG is only 26 they don’t have to trade him. Teams are going to assume he will be on the market and a bidding war will commence. If I could wager, the next team he is on will be the Celtics, but I hope that I am wrong.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:17 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’ll just have to wait and see. I consider the fuse under Paul George to much shorter and far more primed to blow than the fuse under Russell Westbrook.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:21 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Man, that would be another big kick in the balls if he does.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:23 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Well, hard to say a player SHOULD play for us. We certainly WANT him to.

            Celtics are more primed to win now but it also sounds like PG wants to put that Laker mantle on and see what he can do to bring it back to glory.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 11:38 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              I hope all of that Laker love is true.

            • CSTracy10

              CSTracy10 2:46 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              I meant something more along the lines of:

              Magic: Hayward said he will sign here if you come in 2018
              George: Get one other core and I am in.
              Magic: OK Pelinka now lets deal for someone who will compliment Hayward and George

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 11:24 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            They could offer their 1st Pick and parts. They may be signing Gordon Hayward as well. That’d be a kick in the head, huh?

            • CSTracy10

              CSTracy10 11:38 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              If we can land Hayward I would be more on board with going after PG in a bidding war. I just do not want to gut our team.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 11:40 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              I don’t see any reason as to why Hayward would want to come here considering what he has in Utah.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:41 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Agreed, although he may feel he doesn’t get the NBA recognition he feels he deserves in Utah. but he doesn’t really strike me as ‘that guy’.

            • CSTracy10

              CSTracy10 12:26 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Possible reasons Hayward comes to LA:

              Belief in new regime (including Walton). I think his time at GS is huge, I think players associate him with GSW and their success which transfers to a belief in the Lakers future success.

              He is under the impression that if he comes PG or others will come, and the potential for a “superteam” in LA is greater than a superteam in Utah.

              — I agree Utah is “closer” than us BUT closer doesn’t mean anything. Players don’t want to be caught in quarterfinal purgatory -- they realize they need multiple stars to win in this age. Is Hayward more likely to get those stars in LA or Utah? (The very sad and realistic answer is that he is best off going to Boston who is going to trade for PG)

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 12:40 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              There r several reasons already mentioned y Gordon might prefer the Cs over the Ls, along with reuniting with his college Coach.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 2:29 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Now that is an actual reason for Hayward to leave Utah, G.

              I hear what you are saying Tracy, but it’s not like we are even close to contending- he would be coming to a place that is building from the ground up. We have maybe ONE player who has All Star potential that might be realized in four or five years.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 3:06 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            @Tracy
            I’m down with that!

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 3:27 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Me 2!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:50 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Nike, Adidas, Under Armour pass on potential No. 1 pick Lonzo Ball 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:51 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This will end up being a big mistake by the shoe companies.
      Lonzo Ball will be an NBA star and maybe on the Lakers.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:01 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lonzo is irrelevant, Tom.

        It’s about Lavar Ball and his questionable professional behaviour

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 12:32 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          BINGO, Sean.

        • John M.

          John M. 12:37 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Or maybe they’d like to see if he can actually play in the NBA first.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 12:42 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            LOL, JM … there’s that, too. : D

            • John M.

              John M. 12:46 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              The note from dad apparently wasn’t enough :)

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 1:15 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Evidently not. : )

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 9:13 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If he ends up in LA and is not a bust he will get a handsome shoe deal of his own -- he will just have to spurn his father.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:16 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope someone else picks him before we can.

    • tate793

      tate793 8:54 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wonder if Ball is supposed to be better than Ben Simmons?

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:00 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Popovich: “Kawhi Leonard is, in my opinion, the best player in the league right now” 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:53 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Sisyphus in the NBA: The end of Lob City? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:11 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Loved watching the Jazz push them to the brink. Just need to finish them off.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:41 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Griffin should go home and play with Westbrook in OKC.
      CP3 is going to get the gigantic $200 million plus contract.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 3:38 PM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree on both points. Griffin should go play with Westbrook at home where he will always get a pass and be forgiven. CP3 definitely cashing in.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:50 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Archived/updated LA Lakers for 2017-18 – up to $28.3 mil in space w/lots of if’s (lottery) 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:13 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As a 49ers fan, it was great watching their new front office make a big splash in the draft. I’m just as excited and optimistic about the Lakers new front office and what they can do this summer in the draft and free agency. My Lakers, Niners, and Yankees all on upward swings.

    • bltkmt

      bltkmt 10:13 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wait…you are a fan of the Niners and Yankees, along with the Lakers? How can that happen? Smells a bit of front-running.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:24 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        LOL. I was a Yankee fan since 1951 due to Mickey Mantle, a Lakers fan since 1968 when they traded for Wilt (before that I rooted the team Wilt was on), and a 49ers fan since they hired Bill Walsh in 1979 (Before that I was a Cardinal fan growing up in IL).

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:34 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And when you have been a fan as long as I have, all three team have had some tough down times, including the last few years. But now, all three are on the rebound.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:50 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    How far are the Lakers from playoff contention? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:48 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    VIDEO: Who Is The Best Draft Fit For The Lakers? 

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:38 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Dang, Spurs led by NBA Robot look pretty tough to beat. All those old bigs form one whole center throughout the game and he and TP can pick a team to death. Tip O then cap to the Grizzlies, played real hard.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:27 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    @LakerTom – My man, I think Russ IS eligible for the DVPE (aka the Kevin Durant rule).

    Via Wikipedia: “The Kevin Durant” Rule. The provision in the 2017 CBA that will allow teams to create Designated Player contracts for their own veteran players, officially known as the “Designated Veteran Player Extension” (DVPE), came to be called the “Kevin Durant Rule” because it was seen as a reaction to a wave of veteran superstars leaving their teams in free agency, capped off by Durant’s departure from the Thunder to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 offseason. The 2011 CBA allowed all of the teams that were trying to lure Durant to offer him the same initial salary of $26.5 million.
    For a veteran player to qualify for such an extension, he must be entering his eighth or ninth season in the NBA, and have either:
    -made the All-NBA team (at any level) in either the immediately previous season, or two of the three previous seasons;
    -been named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in either the immediately previous season, or two of the three previous seasons; or
    -been named NBA MVP at least once in the previous three seasons.
    Additionally, the team offering the extension must have originally drafted the player, or obtained him in a trade while he was on his rookie contract.
    Players who qualify can be offered contracts with a starting salary between 30 and 35% of the salary cap. The extension cannot last more than five years after the expiration of the player’s current contract (or five years for a player who is a free agent when signed), but can be negotiated and signed one year before the current contract expires. The extension can be offered to a team’s own free agent as well as a player with time left on his contract. Additionally, once a player signs a DVPE, he cannot be traded for one year.
    Ironically, while the rule was intended to encourage star players to stay with their current teams, the first major move by an NBA team involving a player eligible for the DVPE was the Sacramento Kings’ trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2017 All-Star break. Cousins’ contract with the Kings was not set to expire until 2018, but he was eligible to sign a DVPE after the 2016–17 season for up to $209 million over five years, a financial commitment that the Kings were apparently unwilling to make.

    Russell has been All NBA 2nd team 3 years running and has a great shot of being named MVP this season, which wouldn’t matter for the sake of our conversation. All the Thunder need to assign him that status was his ALL NBA status from the last 2 years. not sure that the fact that his OG draft team changed it’s name and location matters for the purposes of this…but that’s the only caveat I can think of. This concluded his 9th NBA season so it looks like he’s checked all the boxes, unlike PG whose leg injury from a couple years back will surely cost him many, many millions of dollars in free agency.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:54 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Jamie. I was relying on this comment by Dan Feldman for NBC Sports:

      …..

      *It’s unclear whether the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will allow Oklahoma City to renegotiate Westbrook’s 2017-18 salary up to the designated-veteran-player rate, but I’m presuming not.

      Westbrook will have 10 years of experience when an extension would kick in. A typical advantage of a designated-veteran-player contract is allowing a player with eight or nine years experience, who’s typically limited to a starting salary of 30% of the salary cap, to receive a starting salary of 35% of the salary cap.

      But Westbrook will be eligible for 35% of the salary by then simply due to his years of service.

      In other words, an extension signed this summer would pay Westbrook the exact same amount he could receive as a free agent in 2018.

      So, would Westbrook sign that extension? It’d guarantee him a huge salary and protect him in the event of injury or decline. But Westbrook is so good, he’s extremely likely to get the max in 2018-19 no matter what. With only minimal risk, maybe he’d rather maintain flexibility.

      ….

      That sounds to me like Westbrook could opt to be a free agent in 2018 and receive the same 35% of cap max salary if he signed with the Lakers as a free agent summer of 2018 that he would be able to get from OKC if they declared him to be their DVPE and extended his current contract, which per Feldman is not clear that OKC could do.

      Bottom line, Westbrook can get the same amount of money because after 2017-18 season he will have 10 years experience and be eligible for the same 35% as DVPE players. Only difference would be the higher raises and extra year, which he can make up on his next contract..

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:39 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m not sure Dan is any better a CBA expert than I. But he hasn’t COMPLETED 10 years of service and OKC could offer him said extension this summer. Now, he has stated he will not sign that extension and could be waiting for…not really sure. I would also hazard that Russ is no expert on the CBA and will wait until:

        A) After his new kid is born (soon if rumors are to be believed)
        B) He sits down with his agent.

        If he does not sign an extension this summer all bets are off once the season starts as he will have entered into his 10th year as a pro. I do believe that next summer your theory would prove correct, but not this summer. This is his OKC ‘big money’ summer.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:04 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If everything we’ve heard about the new CBA is correct, of course.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:46 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          “I do believe that next summer your theory would prove correct, but not this summer. ”

          That is correct. The problem is it doesn’t make sense for Westbrook to sign a new extension this summer. His smart move is to stick with his current deal and then he can either accept the extension for OKC or sign as a free agent with another team. By waiting, he can get 35% of the cap either way.

          That puts OKC under the gun because they must then either trade Westbrook of take a risk of losing him for nothing just like Durant. And as Feldman pointed out, the Thunder may not be able to extend him as DVPE this summer. Bottom line, I don’t see him staying in OKC period.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:20 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Also from the wiki: “Players who qualify can be offered contracts with a starting salary between 30 and 35% of the salary cap. The extension cannot last more than five years after the expiration of the player’s current contract (or five years for a player who is a free agent when signed), but can be negotiated and signed one year before the current contract expires. The extension can be offered to a team’s own free agent as well as a player with time left on his contract. Additionally, once a player signs a DVPE, he cannot be traded for one year”

            If he WANTS to stay in OKC (sounds like he does) then the smarter move is to sign now, actually. Get his 35% for 5 more years, lock in a year of no trade drama, and they can negotiate this deal now. bets part is he’ll likely be able to lock in one more big money deal when this one expires, that’s why I’d sign sooner. My bet is it gets done, but who knows.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:22 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Also, since everything is BRI-related you assume the cap will plateau and not continue to drop, as it did this year (expectedly after big money infusion). The risk Russ makes waiting are:

              A) Injury
              B) BRI continues to fall
              C) well, that’s it, actually.

              My questions are more along the lines of: who do they get to play with him?

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