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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:46 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink |  

    No hard feelings: D’Antoni says Carmelo is 'a lot better fit' with Rockets 

    Mike D’Antoni, who once walked away from the Knicks post because of Carmelo Anthony, tells USA TODAY why Houston offers a stronger game plan.

    Source: No hard feelings: Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony is ‘a lot better fit’ with Rockets

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:46 AM on August 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Lonzo Ball couldn’t help but be impressed of Kyle Kuzma’s insane dunks 

    Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma put on a show during a basketball camp with some incredible dunks. Kuzma’s teammate Lonzo Ball’s couldn’t help but show his respect.

    Source: Lonzo Ball couldn’t help but be impressed of Kyle Kuzma’s insane dunks

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:12 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Something different for the ears. A classic ranchero band from Mexico, Los Tigres Del Norte (The Tigers of the North). My time working as a short order cook not only strengthened by grasp of Spanish swear words but gave me a deep appreciation for ranchero music.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:44 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My wife and I have always been interested in just how close traditional Mexican music is to traditional German music(she’s German).

      • mud

        mud 5:53 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        that’s because Mexico, especially northern Mexico was part of the Austrian Empire. that is why there is German music and beer in Northern Mexico. the Spanish were done long before the Emperor Maximilian ruled the country. King Maxi was heir to the Austrian throne. Mexico got its independence from Austria.

        i love the sound of corridos, especially as a folk form. i have known a few phenomenal accordion players. they showed me which licks were Mexican and German and French. i am disgusted by the glorification of killers and criminals.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:51 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Been a thing since opera was invented. Brecht’s Three-penny opera, Dickens all the way to classic rock and hip-hop. Humans have always had a fascination with id and it’s myriad of forms.

          Polka>ranchero>reggae>ska>funk. The evolution from bluegrass to heavy metal, All delivery devices for the human condition. Same as mustard and ketchup. AT any rate, I admire a good villain ;)

          • mud

            mud 9:52 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            don’t make excuses.
            three penny opera and Dickens were satire.
            Freud was a cokehead and he focused on cokehead obsessions.
            reggae and polka are not related, except in the most basic of ways. polkas are in 3 as are most coriddos. reggaes are in 4. i wouldn’t call it evolution as one form does not necessarily follow the other. there is no direct line from bluegrass to heavy metal, although both cultures can certainly share ideas. it’s true, though. there are certain things that make us human. there are also certain things that make us inhuman.

            if you admire a good villain, then you must love Trump…

            the guys they sing about are out and out druglord murderers. its not some romantic fantasy of power rape and blood. it is power rape and blood. the best way to be safe and make money for a musician, has always been by flattering the biggest fist in the area.

            i love the music, though! that’s even though the main delivery to the human condition for this music is loud drunken stupidity. you probably are taking that last statement as sarcasm or judgmentalism, but it’s just lots of personal experience. actually, i wish the culture and people weren’t so debased and debauched, because with a different setting and subject matter, it’s beautiful dance music and beautiful people.

            • mud

              mud 9:55 PM on August 2, 2018 Permalink

              and i don’t even mind the tales of druglords and pimps, it’s just that this has become the thing that those who are willing to put up real money to support a good band want to export to people, so that’s what guys make. it’s the same in “rap”/hiphop/dancehall.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:16 PM on July 27, 2018 Permalink  

    Rockets smartly wrapped up Clint for the long-term That deal works well for both parties, too. Not really seeing what Melo brings them but we’ll see…

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:17 PM on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anthony and D’Antoni 2.0? Feels unlikely, to me, but crazier things have happened.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 4:46 PM on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Rockets depending on CP3 to hopefully get his buddy Melo on board with the program..but they’re gonna miss Ariza & Mbah a mute

      • p ang

        p ang 5:23 PM on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Rockets would have been better of with Beasley.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 12:39 PM on July 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        In case anyone’s missed it, he still hasn’t agreed to a buyout with ATL. Knowing Melo, he’s trying to angle for almost all his money so he still comes out ahead with vet’s min HOU will have to give him. Otherwise, what’s the holdup?

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:47 PM on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fair deal for both sides.
      The market just wasn’t there for Capela..bad timing

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:04 PM on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DeAndre Jordan will go down as the most over-paid role-player of all time. Great agent, happened to be up for renewal during the Great Over Pay but just isn’t worth max money and neither is Clint.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:21 PM on July 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Isaiah Thomas agrees to 1-year deal with Denver Nuggets 

    Visit ESPN to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball and more.

    Source: Isaiah Thomas agrees to 1-year deal with Denver Nuggets

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:54 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Man, Brook only signed for $3.4 mil to be a Buck.

    Buck mighta just let a decent piece slip away for real cheap…

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:01 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers obviously were not interested in Brook at this point. Going to be a few very disappointed players but they can all just sign short term deals and re-enter the market next year. Everybody will have cap space next year so this year will end up being the anomaly that will offset the year of the TV cap hike.

      • mud

        mud 5:05 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        not interested enough, that’s for sure.

        i don’t think it’s that crucial, really. i would’ve like to have seen Brook back, but really, i doubt it would change the won/loss record much.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 5:28 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      2nd player this summer that got away real cheap…:(

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:57 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Who was the other?

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:00 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Randle.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 6:18 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If he had a Jumpshot, NBA would be on point.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 9:28 AM on July 9, 2018 Permalink

              Pff if he had a jump-shot…don’t need one when your role is to be a beast on the inside putting up 20/10 every night. We will regret letting Julius go for nothing.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 10:31 AM on July 9, 2018 Permalink

              Again, there’s a reason why no one was racing to break the bank for Julius and the team who knew him best let him walk without blinking. Look, I like the idea of homegrown stars as much as anyone thinking clearly, but if it’s not there, you’ve got to accept that too. Julius was nice for half a season, playing on a losing squad, and mostly made his bones punishing teams actively trying to lose. Hard to get overly emotional about a guy who really didn’t even try to come correct until his contract year. I wish him as much success as any non-Laker.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 11:38 AM on July 9, 2018 Permalink

              I get that he’s not Option A, B, or C, but he is a starter in this league for the next 10 years. You don’t develop that then just let it walk for only $9m. Lots and lots of scrubs with much worse contracts with very little production.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:48 AM on July 9, 2018 Permalink

              No guarantees in life, not even superstars.

              Ricky Romero was a Top 10 pitcher in Baseball once upon, thought he developed as well.

              He fell off the face of the earth when he couldn’t pitch normal again.

              Randle never developed a consistent J, not in 4 years.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:08 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink  

    Post Free Agent Mania Musings 

    -The drought has ended and the Lakers landed a big name star in free agency. Not just any big name star, but the biggest and brightest in the NBA today. Say what you will about LeBron James but there is no denying this: he’s a winner. The tension between the Aaron Mintz clientele and the Lakers continued beyond Paul George not even granting us a meeting in order to “appear” at a party Russell Westbrook “threw” with the resulting casualty being one Julius Randle. The way the Lakers handled Randle in the Magic and Rob era is, in my mind, their biggest blemish to date. Coulda/woulda/shoulda simply picked up his option last summer when they did so with Larry Nance Jr. The way he played last year would have had teams salivating over one another to get trade for him on that deal if Magic and Rob truly did not see how he could fit alongside LeBron James (an ill fit, to be sure, but not an impossible one…regardless, we move on).

    The other free agent signings aren’t as mystifying to me as they are to some media pundits and perhaps some Laker fans. I see Lance Stephenson as a perfect off the bench player for this team. He can be slotted in at the 2 or the 3, he’s a plus defender and he’s tough as nails. While we all remember his odd behavior in the form of blowing in LeBron’s ear during a playoff game I believe it’s a non-issue. We’ll have a question from Stu and Joel about it on media day, maybe a couple more during camp and then we’ll all be able to move on. No worse than the Matt Barnes ball-fake on Kobe and they were fine as teammates.

    Similarly JaVale McGee isn’t being asked to be a franchsie anchoring superstar, he’s being asked to play defense off the bench and throw down a few lob passes. He possesses the sort of skill set you should never over pay for in the NBA and I was very glad to see that Magic and Rob found an able-bodied rim protector and finisher for as cheap as can be found. Gold star on this one. JaVale has been all the way to and through the NBA Finals, a common thread with the majority of our free agents we picked up this summer.

    Rajon Rondo has never been anything but polarizing in his NBA career and that pattern continued after he signed a fairly large deal to become a Laker. While he’s not pulling down Trevor Ariza role-player money, it’s one of the larger deals signed by a non superstar this summer. The fact that many forget or ignore that’s for one year is important because it gives the Lakers a lot of options next summer. They can offer him another one-year deal next summer, should the fit prove beneficial, and then they have his Bird Rights going forward after that. Rondo’s defense has slipped in recent years as a variety of injuries have sapped some of his quickness but his court vision and superb play in the pick and roll will outshine both his defensive short comings and his spotty jump shot. There really is no better mentor for Lonzo Ball than King James and Rondo.

    The fact that we did all of this and the only thing that happened is we let Randle walk for nothing is really huge. The Kawhi chatter will last until he gets traded here or somewhere else but the Lakers should hold the line and not offer either Ingram or Ball. Anyone else that fits into the salary structure should make a note not to buy property in LA and, to be honest, the Damian Lillard chatter is the more exciting of the the two for my part. I’d add Ball to the list if Dame is in play, just because I assume they’ll want to replace their PG in Portland. If we can add a bucket-maker like Dame this team will be a tough out in a playoff series. We have too much toughness and playmaking that will manufacture easier buckets for most teams to properly defend. There are a lot of smart, gritty guys on this squad, now, and it’s a great mix of young and old.

    Brook Lopez or IT may still end up as Lakers but as long as we get to the minimum player threshold I’m cool with where we are right now. The one thing this will bring into focus that really isn’t being mentioned by the pundits or even here on the blog is what does this all mean for coach Luke Walton? No longer overseeing a development party means Luke has to deliver the good in terms of W’s in the win column. This is a win now team and I’m hopeful that Luke can corral some of the more colorful characters into a cohesive cadre of camaraderie! But, if we struggle a lot out of the gate (like Mike Brown Notebook struggle) chatter about Luke’s job security will fire up ver-r-r-r-y quickly. SO nip it in the bud, coach, and get some wins early!

    All in all, with only a bit of housekeeping left in the form of the minimum player threshold and the $5.8 mil in cap space we have left, this has been a summer not seen since the 90s when we brought in Shaq and Kobe. Even in the doing of that we had to shed a ton of well-liked and impactful players. This summer we brought in the best player on the planet and a bunch of solid role-players and lost only one guy whose agent had as much to do with that as anything else. Magic’s job looks secure, Jeannie has her All Star (at least one) and we’reooking like we can challenge for a playoff spot. I’m as happy as a Laker fan can be in summer.

    Go Lakers!!!!!

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:56 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink  

    It was 16 months ago when Jeanie Buss made a daring move to seize control of the Lakers 

    Attorney Adam Streisand, no stranger to high-profile cases, advised Jeanie Buss to make a preemptive strike in a struggle with her brothers over control of the Lakers. After a monthlong battle, Streisand’s client prevailed and the franchise’s dramatic turnaround led to the landing of LeBron James.

    Source: It was 16 months ago when Jeanie Buss made a daring move to seize control of the Lakers

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Sources: Sixers re-sign Redick to 1-year deal 

    JJ Redick has agreed to a one-year contract to remain with the Sixers, sources told ESPN.

    Source: Sources: Sixers re-sign Redick to 1-year deal

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:08 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    If you’re interested in the actual salary cap situation and how much more the Lakers can spend to improve the team here’s a fun link that isn’t working via Press This.

    https://247sports.com/nba/los-angeles-lakers/Article/How-much-cap-space-the-Los-Angeles-Lakers-have-left-119514096/

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:16 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If they do choose to sign Tyreke Evans to anything bigger than a minimum deal they basically have to renounce Julius. I think the Lakers are hoping Julius re-signs for something in the neighborhood of $8 mil so they can split the remaining cap space between two players and free up and additional $800, 000. Julius for $8 mil, Tyreke made $3.2 mil last season…not sure all the principles agree to this scenario just my opinion of how I think the Lakers are looking to spend this last chunk of change

      I think Rob, Magic and his cap staff have been as adept as any NBA front office and Magic got the deal closed with LeBron which opened the door to the mid-tier talent opting to come here for maybe a little less than they could have made. That being said, there wasn’t a lot of big money out there waiting for a mid tier talent to luck into. Lakers are really re-loading this year and we haven’t traded a single young player to get there, I love it!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:49 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I love what we’ve done so far as well, but we will lose at least two of the kids in a Kawhi deal. For what he brings, now, and for future seasons, we have to get him. I don’t think Magic wants to waste a year of LeBron’s prime while hoping we can get Leonard, or Klay, or KD a year from now.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 10:38 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It seems we have somewhat of a glut at the wing position -- I don’t get why we are looking at Tyreke?

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:43 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He can be our backup PG, as well as do minutes at the 3.
        Look at his shooting numbers from last season- 40% from 3 is huge,

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:49 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I kind of expect Luke to use Lonzo and LeBron kind of like D’Antoni uses Harden and CP3. One of them should be on the floor at all times, which really minimizes the backup point guard position. Be interesting to see how Luke approaches this.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 10:50 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Also, he’s a great insurance policy if Lonzo’s knee problems persist.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:44 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We may have a glut of players right now at the wing but not a glut of talent. I would see Tyreke as a backup small forward behind LeBron and instant offense off the bench along with Kuzma. I’m assuming Ingram and Hart are traded for Kawhi, who would play the 4, and Deng was traded or waived and stretched. That leaves you with LeBron, KCP, and Svi.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:47 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lakers looking for instant offense off the bench. Tyreke would be more valuable right now than Randle because of his ability to stretch the defense.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:02 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Depends on the amount. If he takes the vet min it helps us in a variety of ways.

        -one player closer to the minimum roster requirements.
        -solid 2 way player off the bench.
        -above average three point shooter that can help space the floor.

        But if it’s for anything much more than his vet min. I think we should hold out until we sign either Randle or Cousins but we’ll see what grand designs are in store soon enough!

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:05 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think the next wave of signing might not come until we either trade for Kawhi or he is traded somewhere else, in which case we will make sure to limit the rest of our signings to short term deals so we can go after Kawhi and other superstars next summer, when we will be loaded and the free agent class will be better.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:53 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Alotta these moves need to be looked at thru the prism of a Kawhi trade….we’re not seeing a complete product right now as Earv & Rob are collecting pieces that may or may not be included in that deal.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:55 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:02 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Problem is they won’t be able to trade any of these guys they sign in free agency until midseason. Looks more like a classic kick the can to summer of 2019 as far as another superstar. At least until they force the Spurs to trade for Kawhi. Lakers have to show the Spurs they’re saving space for next summer to keep the leverage on them. Considering how little cap space left, Lakers should get some great deals for their money and maintain the power of flexibility.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 11:18 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That plan didn’t work out so well on PG13. It makes me wonder if Ainge might have 2nd thoughts to take a flier on Kawhi in hopes that the culture there combined with a probable finals appearance would be enough to convince him to stay…hell…PG stayed after getting bounced in the 1st round. Would a deal centered around Jaylen Brown be worth the risk? Maybe…..

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:35 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I actually am starting to subscribe to the theory that PG didn’t want to take a chance of being the guy left out in the salary cap musical chairs that Magic and the Lakers were trying to pull off. Doesn’t take a genius to see that the Lakers were playing three superstars for what was essentially two slots and somebody was going to be out of luck when the music stopped. PG dumped us before we could dump him.

            As for Kawhi possibly liking and staying where he is traded, that’s a risk that I think is worth taking if the Spurs won’t accept Ingram, Hart, and a pick. The free agent class for summer 2019 could be better than this year’s class and the Lakers with LeBron and a playoff pedigree will be a much more attractive destination. We build as fast as we can but don’t give up Kuzma. In the end, I believe Spurs will trade him to us.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:37 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink

              Kuz and Spida were the steals of the Draft. And neither team is looking to move them.

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 12:18 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Kawhi is a different cat. From everything I’ve read PG stayed because him and Russ developed a genuine friendship. Kawhi drives an old truck, doesn’t spend money, and doesn’t care if he has friends. He seems to me like his priority is to be close to his family in Riverside.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:51 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Late Sat night meeting with Magic sealed LeBron’s decision to accept Lakers offer 

    LeBron James announced he has decided to play for the Lakers on a four-year deal worth $154 million, with a short, simple news release by the Twitter account of Klutch Sports.

    Source: Late Saturday night meeting with Magic Johnson sealed LeBron James’ decision to accept Lakers offer

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:10 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The key to everything was Magic Johnson’s ability to gain LeBron James’ trust. That’s why LeBron is signing the four year deal with three years guaranteed. That’s why he is willing to come to the Lakers without another superstar in hand. He believes in the Lakers ownership, Magic and Rob and the front office, coaching and scouting, and especially the Lakers’ young core. Yeah, LA was a big factor but it took Magic Johnson to convince LeBron he had found the right place to end his glorious career.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:31 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Not going to lie, I’d be happy to roll out this squad as is (I am assuming we’re re-signing Randle at this point). Lots of experts have us pegged as an early playoff exit but even that would be pretty exciting in comparison to what we’ve seen around here recently. Great job, Rob and Magic!

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:12 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As currently built, we make it out of the first round.
      With LeBron here, I now have more optimism regarding the Kawhi trade. I do not think the Spurs will drag this all the way out to the deadline.
      If Boogie can only miss a few weeks of the season, I would love to have him, but I don’t see us offering him more than a one year deal. If Nola wants to make the Brow happy, they will give Cousins a multi year deal.
      More excitement to come!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:16 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It feels like Randle is gone- either in a S&T in the Kawhi deal, or to get picks to facilitate getting Leonard here.
        Once again, if it’s to acquire Kawhi, I’m all for it.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:24 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not so sure the Lakers are looking to trade for Leonard as much anymore. The reason they were trying to move fast was they were operating under the assumption LBJ wanted another big name on the roster before he’d sign anything. That’s out the window, now. I just posted a ‘current cap situation’ link above but, in short, we have between $14.7 and $15.5 mil to spend, still (if we spend it on one player it’s the lower amount because we would have too few players under contract when we hit the apron, if we spend it on 2 and get to the minimum roster requirements it’s the larger figure).

          Lakers could still absorb Kenneth Faried (in addition to the assumed Nuggets first round draft pick), re-sign Randle or IT (I don’t think they’ve renounced the rights to either), W&S Deng to make bigger offers to any number of players and waive the remaining non-guaranteed contracts to free up a decent amount (as they did with Thomas Bryant last week).

          Front office is operating like a rampaging samurai right now (just saw 13 Assassins so the samurai genre is on my mind). Spurs can see the Lakers freeing up enough to offer Kawhi a max deal next summer and seeing what leverage they had slipping away. Kawhi can play his little mind games until then, although I’m not so sure it’s smart for his brand but that’s his choice.

          End of the day, I am just so very excited for how Magic and Rob have navigated free agency, so far, and I’m hoping for at least one more big announcement either in the form of a Julius re-sign or a Cousins arrival. Either would be great.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 11:38 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I really don’t wanna trade anybody outside of BI & picks for Kawhi..waiting to sign him a year from now is by far the better option. But the conundrum is that you’ve got probably 3 years remaining of Prime LeBron left..do you really wanna “waste” one of em sitting in a holding pattern?

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:15 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    This pretty much sees Brook and IT out the door. Final question is Randle or Cousins. I have to vote Randle: healthy, improving and can play the 4 or 5 well. I love me some Boogie but the KCP, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee signings make it difficult for me to see either one of them staying in LA. Thanks boys, it was fun while it lasted.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:41 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I find it ironic that our FO has been preaching building up a squad of “character guys” and now we have Lance, McGee, and are considering the addition of Boogie.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:00 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Boogie is a character guy, in my opinion. Sure he has issues with the refs, honestly at this point, who doesn’t? He’s a fiery fellow and I hope he’s a Laker! (I’ve always been a fan, tho)

        • mclyne32 (Director) 5:01 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not saying I wouldn’t welcome his talent to our team- if he can still be 85% the player he used to be, he could be a difference maker against the Dubs.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

     
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