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  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:41 AM on January 2, 2019 Permalink  

    LOL! 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 9:55 AM on December 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Thomas Bryant Goes Off! 

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    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:18 PM on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This makes me sad. While Magic and Rob has done a great job. Their pursuit of sacred cap space has been flawed. They traded Dlo to clear two max slots. But what if they hadn’t made that trade. We more then likely we would still have Kuz. And perhaps even Hart if he slipped into the 2nd and we bought a pick like we did with Bonga. Dlo is developing into a very good player. He could very well turn into and all star. They wanted the cap space for PG. and if he wanted to come I doubt OKC would have turned down a sign and trade if they were getting a player like Dlo back. Even if they did, someone would have made that trade.

      Next we let Randle and Bryant walk for nothing. With the tight money market last summer it wasn’t going to cost us much. And again if we needed cap space young players on reasonable contracts would not have been hard to trade. And three more promising players for a trade for AD. I just think about how good this team might be if we added Dlo and Randle too it. The Lakers have gotten most of their stars in trades. I hope Magic remembers that in the future.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:39 PM on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m still bummed about how they handled the Randle situation.
        As for Bryant, I won’t be too upset if we land AD and have JaVale as our backup.
        I was never a big DLO fan because he’s a one dimensional player.
        Also, what if Zubac continues to develop with McGee being out. Obviously, our FO chose him over Bryant for a reason and I’m going to trust them on this one.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 2:30 PM on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agree with you on all these. I like both Dlo and Randle and it’s a bummer we let them go. I am especially fond of Randle and feel the Lakers did not treat him right after all the effort he put in. Worst if they turn out to be the stars and not our current crop of young players we chose to keep. Zubac vs Thomas. I think I would keep Zu because you can’t teach size and if he keeps up his current play then definitely it’d be a no brainer.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:47 PM on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael,

        Watching Thomas Bryant star for the Wizards is definitely frustrating, especially since they let him go for nothing except for cap space that they never really used. The fact that Zubac played well on Friday when he got his first start in over two year takes away some of that pain but even if Ivica continues to play well, there’s zero chance he will be on the team next year. He’ll be jetisoned just like Bryant was as part of maintaining cap space for the long shot of stealing KD from the Dubs. Everybody loves swinging for the fences when you connect but sometimes choking up and getting a critical base hit be it a single, double, or triple might be a smarter option.

        The Randle situation was clearly a mistake. Had we given Julius that second option year, it would have cost nothing because he is obviously going to decline it and become a UFA. Even if he hadn’t, he could probably have been traded for late first round pick or pair of seconds. Randle on an expiring $9 million contract could have easily been moved had we needed the cap space for a second superstar. Sometimes, teams just get too smart for school. That’s my opinion of letting Julius Randle walk. I continue to look for crazy ways to get him back. The ultimate irony would trading our other four young players to the Pelicans for AD. New Orleans would become the 2015 Lakers.

        One of the problems I see with our strategy right now is that we won’t trade any of our young players or take back anything but expiring contracts because we want to pursue KD, Kawhi, and Klay AND we won’t trade any of our draft picks becase we want to pursue a trade for AD. This might have made good sense before the start of the season when we felt there was no way we could seriously compete for a championship in year 1 of LeBron’s contract. The way things have gone so far, however, the Lakers may be foolishly sacrificing the first year of LeBron’s contract when we actually could have made moves right now to be in position to win it all.

        I’m not one who bemoans missed opportunities because every fork in the road ultimately will lead to a new universe of opportunties, some of which might unexpectly be franchise defining moves. One such example is trading D’Angelo, whom I loved as a Laker and played with an edge I liked. While we never got to use the cap space we got by trading Russell and Mozgov for Brook and the #27 pick, it’s hard to argue that landing Kuzma was a stroke of good fortune, especially when you consider what a perfect fit he is on the Lakers with LeBron. Not trading for PG may end up with us getting KD, Kawhi, or Klay. Missing on them could lead to us getting AD. Fate’s fickle and hard to predict. All you can do is place your bet and be ready to react to the new opportunities that appear.

        Personally, I don’t think we need two additional superstars to be a legitimate champioinship contender. All we need is a second top-ten superstar via free agency. That’s why I wouldn’t trade any of the kids at this point in time, unless it was for that second top-ten superstar. Shoot to sign KD, Kawhi, or Klay this summer and if we fail, then kick the can to AD and the summer of 2020. Lakers right now only have an inkling of how good they could be in 2 years once their young guns really start to play at a superstar level. The way the front office has been drafting, I would be hesitant to trade away our first round picks. And the upside offered by Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, and Josh is just too great to throw away before finding out how far we can go with LeBron and them.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:55 AM on December 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Why would the Lakers want to help them? 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:01 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink  

    Great Lakers Fan, Penny Marshall, Dead at 75 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 10:30 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink  

    Nate Silver’s NBA Stats 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:34 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers have a 70% chance of making the playoffs. Less than 1% chance of winning the championship.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:42 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nate Silver might be the worst prognosticator in America.

        Didn’t even have Trump winning the Republican Nominee.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 10:43 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You are so wrong about him. So wrong.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:53 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            He’s a hack.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 10:56 AM on December 18, 2018 Permalink

              Au contraire. Without getting into specifics, he came closer than anyone else with respect to the 2016 election. He’s a genius, not a hack.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:50 AM on December 15, 2018 Permalink  

    And there it is .. Robert Saver is dead to me 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:14 PM on December 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Dead deal .. for now 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:51 PM on December 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Why? What a D-Bag! 

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:58 PM on December 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fool me once…F that guy.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 11:25 PM on December 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Funny because the rumor is Washington is trying to acquire Ariza to package with Wall or Beal to the Lakers.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:11 PM on December 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Proving once again that rumors are just rumors .. 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 6:57 PM on December 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Hmmmm …. 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 3:14 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Mr. McLyne’s Hopes Are Dashed! 

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:22 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bawhahahaaaaa

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:29 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just posturing. Ariza deal will still get done. Just need a third team to take KCP for a first.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:41 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am of the opinion that we don’t need to do much of anything the rest of this year.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:55 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m with ya, Jamie. Definitely don’t want to hand over anyone of our kids for 33-year-old Ariza

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:11 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          KCP is a a player on the rise who, like pretty much all of the roster at various points, has struggled to find his place in the team hierarchy under LBJ. Nothing to freak out about, I’d keep him. I love Ariza but let him secure a buy out and we can nab him off the scrap pile if he really wants out.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 5:14 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Agreed, Jamie.

            • Worthy42

              Worthy42 4:14 AM on December 13, 2018 Permalink

              I agree as well -- a move that does not need to be made.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:58 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t image the Lakers trading KCP to the Rockets. The Rockets have real roster issues and I don’t see us helping a team we are competing against for playoff seeding. It could be nothing more then trying to drive up the price.

      As far as trading a 1st fo Trevor I’m not sure about that. It would be in line with Magic’s stated goal of developing the young core and add stars through free agency because we wouldn’t be giving up any young players. The problem comes in if a big name comes on the market that trade gives us one less trade asset.

      One note on Shake Milton if we did the deal with the 76ers. I really liked him he’s another 6’ 6” point guard with a good 3 point shot. He had been projected as a late first round pick but had a season ending injury. I don’t know how long he’s been healthy but that could be why he hasn’t seen much run so far this year.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:03 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thing is how well KCP has been and will be playing.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:29 AM on December 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Before Rondo and BI went down, the second unit has basically been a center, Rondo, and three shooting guards (Hart, KCP, Lance). A little imbalance there. Swap out KCP for Ariza and it makes a lot more sense. Swap out Lance for the improving Svi or even Beasley and it makes even more sense!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:42 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Zo and Ingram for Booker.
      They can keep Ariza or trade him separately.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:14 AM on December 12, 2018 Permalink  

    KCP To Houston? 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:18 AM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Perhaps the Lakers have more leverage in trading KCP than we think. If a number of teams want him, perhaps the Lakers don’t have to give up any picks and the picks to Phoenix would come from the team acquiring KCP. Just spitballin’.

      • havoc

        havoc 11:21 AM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i can’t read the full story..you need to create an account..but i agree..since there are a number of teams interested with KCP especially Houston, then they could provide the pick that will eventually go to Suns..this saves us a pick and still acquire Ariza

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:23 AM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Short article with not much more than the headlines:

      The​ Houston Rockets are emerging​ as​ a suitor​ for Los​ Angeles Lakers​ guard Kentavious​ Caldwell-Pope​ in​ multi-team trade scenarios,​ such​ as with​​ the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, league sources told The Athletic.

      In desperate search for an upgrade at the wing, the Rockets are targeting Caldwell-Pope, league sources said. The Lakers have pursued Suns forward Trevor Ariza, along with several other contenders, according to league sources.

      As the trade market hashes itself out early this season, Caldwell-Pope has several interested suitors across the league, a telling sign for the 2019 free agent.

      Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $12 million deal to return to the Lakers last offseason and has veto power on any trade. He and his agent, Rich Paul, would only sign off on a trade should a deal arise that benefit Caldwell-Pope’s career.

      There is no deal imminent, league sources said, and Caldwell-Pope can remain a Laker. He becomes trade-eligible on Dec. 15.

      In this scenario, the teams involved would need to search for a fourth team to acquire Houston’s contract of Brandon Knight along with draft picks, sources said. Knight is under contract for $14.6 million this season and $15.6 million in 2019-20.

      The Lakers are winners of 15 of their past 20 games, beginning to jell as a team around LeBron James. Caldwell-Pope, 25, is averaging 11.5 points points and 2.6 assists while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range in the Lakers’ past seven games. He’s in his sixth NBA season.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 11:37 AM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Always interesting when you on the block, you start playing like “they can’t get rid of me, I’m helping.”

      • John M.

        John M. 12:31 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        His veto power explains why he wouldn’t be going to Phoenix.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:50 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He also turned down 80 mil in guaranteed $ playing for the D.

          He wants to recoup some of that on a 2-3 year deal. I could see him fitting a need there, they don’t need more projects, they need players moulded already.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:48 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Also, there’s a mutual lack of interest because the Suns are looking for a young point guard to develop from what I am reading. KCP ain’t that.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 3:52 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I would do Zo and Ingram for Booker and Trevor.
            Too bad PHX wouldn’t.
            Booker would be nasty alongside Bron.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 3:55 PM on December 12, 2018 Permalink

              This way, you have a true future All Star to offer the Pels when the time is right. If they don’t bite, it’s a win win because you get to build around Booker and Kuz when Bron’s done.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 4:09 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink  

    Josh Hart’s Favorite Player – What An Inspiration! 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 4:01 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink  

    Trevor Ariza Update 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:08 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If it takes anything more than KCP and either Zubac or Wagner to get it done I’d take a pass, personally.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:11 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A second round pick wouldn’t be the end of the world. The Lakers will have low draft picks for the upcoming drafts. They can always buy a second round pick if they’re in love with someone.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:55 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think Eric Pincus is right and Ariza would be a Chandler-impact addition to the Lakers. If that’s true, I would give up a first to get him. There’s a good chance he would be willing to stay for our room exception. He just brings too much to this team. If there is a move that would help us right now without really costing much, it’s trading for Trevor. Try to get him for a pair of seconds but get it done.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:10 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I could live with the 2nd rounder if that gets it done.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:45 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lonzo, Kuzma, KCP, and Wagner for Ariza!!!!
      He’s the missing piece!!!!!!

  • keen observer

    keen observer 2:48 PM on December 7, 2018 Permalink  

    The Bucks are getting serious! 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:53 PM on December 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Smart, win-now move by a team that doesn’t want to slip back into mediocrity. Giannis seems like he’s all in on that franchise (and is under contract until after the 2020-2021 season) but why waste his time?

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:25 PM on December 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      2021 draft picks are valuable thought. Even the Bucks draft picks are likely to be low, that the first year high school freshman will be eligible again so you will have the one and done plus blue chip high school players available. That will push quality picks back in the draft. And who knows if Bledsoe and Middleton will still be in Milwaukee. Could be a big win for the Cavs. But those are the kind of deals teams like the Bucks have to make.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:32 PM on December 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lol…George Hill isn’t a difference maker for the Bucks; this is a salary move pure & simple. Clears $20mill off the books for next summer.

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