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  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:46 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink  

    That’s too much. Demps is a fool if he doesn’t take that. 

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    keen observer 11:39 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink  

    Answer: Fluid 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:43 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      lol, good move. I’d honestly start pulling players out every couple hours and let NOLA know that the great deal you had on the table last night has diminished. They’re going greed themselves into a crappy package from some team unwilling to take on bad money or furnish them with multiple draft picks. Frankly, I’m fine with that. At least the Lakers can go to Anthony’s agent (oh, hey!) and say “we made the best, most reasonable offer we could and they turned it into a Vegas buffet.” No shame in pulling out of this fiasco, now.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:50 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 12:14 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Earv & Rob have already shown how desperate they are to land AD by offering damm near the entire roster, taking back salary, & giving away all those picks….they aren’t drawing a line in the sand or pulling anything off the table and Demps knows it. If he picks up the phone at 11:59am Thursday and demands this exact same deal then the Lakers will agree before he even finishes the sentence.

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    keen observer 11:34 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink  

    Done or fluid? 

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:39 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mickey Loomis meet egg on your face.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:07 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In the end, this is all just posturing and negotiations. The Lakers needed to put an exclamation point on their take-it-or-leave-it offer. Obviously, doesn’t mean the Lakers can’t come back to the table if the Pelicans decide to become reasonable. From the Pelicans’ side, why should they give in now when there are still three days left to negotiate and a few more picks to pluck. They’re just trying to get the last bit of anything they can get for AD. The reality is they would be foolish to not accept the Lakers offer. Ultimately, I still expect the trade to happen. I look for them to settle on maybe a third first and a couple of seconds but with a third team taking on Hill’s contract and maybe getting a fourth first from the Lakers. The Lakers are not going to let a couple of draft picks keep them from getting Anthony Davis.

      What’s next? Probably AD coming out and personally saying he would never re-sign with Boston. Maybe the Lakers starting rumors about making multiple trades of their young core and picks to demonstrate that not only is the offer they left on the table not going to be repeated, the Lakers are not going to be bidders for AD this summer at all, which would insure that the Celtics won’t have to offer Jason Tatum to be the top bidder and mean that the Pelicans would have made a serious misjudgment by not accepting the Lakers offer. If the Pelicans don’t come back to the table, I’m fine with that. Nobody can claim the Lakers didn’t go all in to try and trade for Anthony Davis. This time they went all in. But the game is far from over.

      The Lakers should move forward with confidence, sticking with the kids, looking to deal picks for more shooting but protecting their cap space for summer, and focusing on making the playoffs and letting teams, including the Pelicans, see how well Ball, Ingram, and Kuzma perform on the big stage. I have a hunch that will put their upsides into proper perspective compared to Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown. I would think putting out news that we’re looking to trade first round picks for veterans like Terrence Ross and Trevor Ariza to help our playoff run this summer could force the Pelicans back to the table when they realize the Lakers are serious about no longer pursuing Anthony Davis and the picks won’t be there this summer.

      The other route the Lakers could take, if they don’t have confidence in the young core, is to move them in multiple deals for multiple veteran stars. They could look to trade for Kemba Walker and Nikola Vucevic, who might be able to be acquired for half of what they were going to give up for Anthony Davis. They would give LeBron a real chance to make the conference finals and puncher’s chance to win it all. If they signed them to reasonable deals, they might even be able to trade them for Davis before the deadline next season. And trading for Kemba and Vucevic doesn’t prevent the Lakers from going after KD, Kawhi, or Klay next summer. Or they could sign Boogie to a 1-year max deal so they could go after Anthony Davis as a free agent the summer of 2020. Lots of promising paths for the Lakers should the AD trade falter.

      Bottom line, the Pelicans can see all of this too and will ultimately reach a deal to trade AD to the Lakers. When you look at the size of the package the Lakers, the two teams are not that far apart. You don’t lose a deal because of a few draft picks. Not when you’re talking about Anthony Davis. Lakers are not going to risk AD going to the Celtics. Because of his age, position, and skillset, Davis is the player for whom the Lakers need to give up the farm.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:13 PM on February 4, 2019 Permalink  

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    keen observer 3:32 PM on February 4, 2019 Permalink  

    Time to channel my inner Laker Tom 

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    keen observer 11:37 AM on February 4, 2019 Permalink  

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:59 AM on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here’s a deal that works and fits the above information:

      #Lakers get: Anthony Davis and Solomon Hill

      #Pelicans get: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, Josh Hart, KCP, Beasley, Stephenson, and two or three first round picks.

      Difference: Lakers give up $12M of their $25-30M in cap space for this summer but get to keep Lonzo Ball.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:34 AM on February 4, 2019 Permalink  

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 12:24 PM on February 1, 2019 Permalink  

    More stuff 

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    keen observer 11:52 AM on February 1, 2019 Permalink  

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 12:07 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink  

    Well, who would say no to that? 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 12:05 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink  

    LOL! This is the tweet of the day 

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    keen observer 11:56 AM on January 31, 2019 Permalink  

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:59 AM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good point by Eric. Turner’s tweet could be interpreted two ways.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 12:03 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I haven’t been posting on any of this because I really didn’t think there was a chance in hell that it could happen, but now I have a glimmer of hope. AD is the one guy who I’d give up the farm for, although as great as he is, he is not Kareem or Wilt.

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    keen observer 11:50 AM on January 31, 2019 Permalink  

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:51 AM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Smart negotiation tactic, if true.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:57 AM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is really interesting. Threatening not to be a bidder next summer of the Pels don’t accept their offer? Not sure if I think that’s a better negotiating strategy than waiting to sign AD as a free agent. Even if the Lakers sign a second free agent, the Lakes would likely still make the same offer to trade for AD but wouldn’t have the threat of signing him in free agency to lower the market value. The only thing I can assume is the Lakers believe that the above offer is good enough to win even next summer and they don’t want to deter any free agent superstars that they would be spending their war chest if they don’t get AD.

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    keen observer 11:32 AM on January 31, 2019 Permalink  

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 1:58 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink  

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