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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:06 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    To combat Lakers’ size, D’Antoni says he plans to play two bigs most of the game. 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:06 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Houston has 2 bigs?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:47 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Only other bigs beside Capella are Nene and Chandler. I would love to see Mike actually do that. The question is what should the Lakers do if he does that? Stick with our bigs? We would still have a huge advantage. Would love to see us go small with AD at the five and Kuz at the four. No way they could guard us.

      • Buba

        Buba 6:47 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tom, unlike the Magic, the Lakers have size advantage over most teams in the league.
        The Magic won this game based on a simple logic and idea. That is, let Vuch drag the Lakers’ Center( JaVale McGee ) out to the 3 point line and serve as the main long range bomber just enough to free up the paint so Aaron Gordon and Fultz can go about and do their damage in the paint. Such a mismatch and yet catastrophic. The Magic could have still won this game in 4 overtimes based on this formula.
        That’s why Vogel could not find the proper rotation to end the game. The magic simply came with a better plan. Simple as that.
        For the Rockets, Vogel should have learned enough from this Magic loss and assess how to better manage our bigs and not get outfoxed / outcoahed again.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:04 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers’ locker room might be the happiest place on Earth! 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:05 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My personal reason #8 (other 7 listed above) but this one is not to be under-rated.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:13 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You’re forgetting the chicken and egg theory. Chemistry is always great if you’re winning. I don’t think Kuzma is necessarily a major key to the team’s great chemistry. In fact, he could easily become a negative if he doesn’t start or finish games. He’s already had the only incident so far this season with his retweeting his trainer’s negative tweet about LeBron. May be a good reason why none of his teammates is talking about the trade rumors with him. I think part of Kuzma actually wants to leave to go to a team where he can become a star like Ingram has. That’s probably why he didn’t sign with Klutch Sports.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:56 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Call me when we’re losing then lol.

        I hear ya, but the fact of the matter is that a team that has lost 8 total games all season is not one in dire need of making a big move. They might do it but I’d be surprised. Maybe if we go 0fer on the trip.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:43 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think we go 4-1 or 5-0 on trip. You could easily be right we don’t trade Kuz, especially if we sign Collison and Iggy. Or if Kuz goes on a consistent tear. Or if we can’t get a deal we like. Bottom line, I believe we’re trying to move him to get better imo. Question is whether we get a deal we like. Not giving him away.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:53 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    Why the Lakers Should Trade Kuzma! 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:04 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also, why the Lakers should NOT trade Kyle Kuzma

      -if they can find him an extra 5-10 mpg he might just blossom.
      -he plays well off the ball and with the ball
      -he has a ton of room to improve
      -he’s cheap and under contract for next season so he’s a form of insurance against AD choosing to sign elsewhere in free agency
      -whose hair would we critique?! Just Dwight’s?!?! #boring #healreadychangedit #whocaresabouthairanyhow
      -he has a varied and diverse skill set that we all ask for in literally every player that comes into the NBA
      -he’s neither the first nor the last to struggle with consistency (see Pope, Kentavious-Caldwell)

      That’s about all I got.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:07 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        All good polints, Jamie, but not good enough to overcome the points made in my article in my opinion. Just watch. Kuzma will be traded before the deadline. Period.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:30 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        -and what if he doesn’t blossom?
        -he may be unhappy not starting or closing games.
        -we don’t have a lot of time to wait. our window right now is this year and next.
        -LMAO. No way Kuzma is insurance against AD leaving.
        -LOL. Your best point. Good one.
        -Really. We want shooters, playmakers, and defenders. His shooting is average at best, playmaking and defnse underrated but not a strength
        -everybody struggles but what matter is the end result. Kuz is 11th on team for 3P%, 6th for boards, 9th for assists, 13th for steals, etc.

        The harsh truth is what Kyle has is great potential. All of the players being considered as trade targets either are established top three-point shooters, proven playmakers, or elite defenders.

        In the end, my argument is not dismissive of Kuzma but realizing he is not what we need right now and we don’t have any other blue chips to push into the pot to fill the holes in our roster and get better. I know it looks like I’ve become a Kuzma hater but that’s not the case at all.

        If we sign Collison and Iggy, then I could see our front office maybe keeping Kuzma. I’m just not sure he’s capable enough at this point in his career to deliver coming off the bench and not starting or closing games. If we suddenly started closing games with AD at the five, I would also feel a little more confident about keeping Kuzma.

        If we strike out on Collison, I think we have to try to use Kuz to get Rose. If we strike out on Iggy, I think we have to try to use Kuz to get Covington. I just don’t think we have enough to be sure we can beat the Bucks or Clippers right now. If Kuz can get us enough to have an edge, I think we have move him. That’s also what I think the front office believes. That’s why we approached the Kings about Bogdan.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:03 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          -you have another season and 2 summers to decide
          -if all the talk of the Laker locker room being super happy is true I doubt it, also…who cares if he’s unhappy? It’s your 3rd full season and you’ve inconsistent. Change those things and happiness will follow
          -I said kind of, only Giannis is comparable, and if we blow it in the playoffs it could happen (but probably not)
          -we have shooters, we just don’t play them so blame Frank, shooting is rhythm thing and Kuz isn’t getting the minutes consistently and he often plays w/o LBJ on the floor.
          -that’s what I think we need, especially off the bench: a do everything, swiss army knife kinda guy. Caruso is the guard version of that but he shares the floor with both James and Davis, often. Kuz doesn’t get that luxury but is still castigated for it.

          I agree with your points but am seeing something beyond them. This article is dealing with the here and now but I’m looking a little further, even on into the playoffs where we may well play the kind of small ball line up that Kuzma could be really good, if not great, in.

          We won’t sign both. I’ll bet money.

          This is my thing on all of these trades: are any of these guys enough to gain the edge folks seem to think we need? D-Rose is putting up big numbers on a crappy team. Covington? I say keep Kuzma and his cheap deal for at least another season, pass on RC. Kuzma for Bogdan is about the only one of these deals I’ve seen that I feel like we ‘win’ and that the other team also, to a smaller degree, ‘wins for them’. Don’t see it happening.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:14 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The biggest issue for most fans who don’t want to trade Kuzma is the great team chemistry the Lakers have developed and how almost every player on the roster has at one time or other been a major contributor to winning. The only players who’ve not been part of the Lakers’ on court success have been DeMarcus Cousins, whom the Lakers are targeting to keep long term, and Talen Horton-Tucker, who spent most of his time in the G-League.

      Team chemistry is certainly a big part of why the Lakers are winning and trading Kuzma would also require trading at least one and likely two other players to match salaries so the trade would qualify under the league rules. But there’s no guarantee keeping Kuzma would not end up hurting the team’s chemistry, especially if he becomes unhappy because he’s not starting or closing games like he did his first two seasons on the Lakers.

      The NBA is a business and all of the players know this. Because of a lack of midlevel salaries and draft picks to trade and three players with de facto no-trade contracts, the Lakers are unlikely to pull off a blockbuster trade. But they’re also unlikely to stand pat while major competitors make moves to upgrade their rosters. As the trade deadline approaches, the NBA will be in an arms race and competitors will be forced to upgrade their rosters.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:07 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        My biggest reason is I don’t see us bringing back a player that moves the needle enough to justify the deal. The chemistry thing is real, too, but comes second. You’re either bringing in a ball dominant player or trading like for like. is Robert Covington better than Kuzma considering he’d be getting the same role (coming off the bench, fewer minutes and touches, etc.) and so on. I don’t see that trade in any of the ones floating by right now.

    • Buba

      Buba 4:40 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I want everyone here to listen. There has to be a need to settle down for a good meal for all animals in the kingdom of God to come together as one. Screams or jaws of Hyenas feeding off a Buffalo? I don’t understand why Jamie and Tom should engage one another so fiercely like lions vs hyenas. I have seen a situation where hyenas and lions take time off war and settled for a meal together in harmony just to live to fight another day.Talk about mortal enemies? Not in this forum. Please.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:46 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s all fine, Buba. We both just have different opinions of what’s going to happen and nothing we can do about but talk. We both respect each other’s opinions and have our shares of being right or wrong. Just too Lakers cats talking smack.

    • Buba

      Buba 4:55 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:59 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    There are only 2 Kyle Kuzma trade scenarios that make sense 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:18 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here’s some Kuzma for a ‘home run’ trades for Peter and Matt to consider.
      Forgetting whether the Pelicans or Warriors would make these trades, would you?.

      • p ang

        p ang 7:21 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        1. No.
        2. Hell No.

        Dang Tom, every year going back to to the LAT blog you want someone traded. Try smelling the roses for once.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 10:25 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just when you think it’s safe to come back onto the site . . .

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 11:05 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      pffff….Hell NO!

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:04 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t really see either of those players as complimentary to LeBron James which is the bigger issue over whether either team would pull their respective triggers on those deals.

      GSW would probably want to do it to get out of salary cap hell but the Lakers jettisoned DAR once already and it’s hard to see them bringing him back for more than they ever paid him. Also he’s terrible defensively, needs the ball in his hands, and would probably not be a happy Laker or good locker room add. From a purely ‘can he shoot the three?’ standpoint this kind of makes sense but in literally every other area of a basketball team this trade is terrible.

      NOLA is a borderline playoff team right now and Jrue has been a big part of that. Hard to see Griffin mucking with chemistry with a major move like that, especially when you’re bringing in only one cost-controlled asset and no picks (they have all of ours, already). They can do better for Jrue and he’s been all in on them for a long time. hard to find players that love the small market vibe so when the match is made I find it hard to see them purposefully break it up.

      In short, these quantify as home runs purely based on the salary required to pull the trades off. Kuzma, Bradley and Green are a better fit for the Lakers than Jrue and especially Russell are.

      This is the crux of NBA parity. There are a slew of not great NBA teams with great players on them that are still on the edge of the playoff bubble. There’s no way those teams are going to break up their mojo unless it’s for a game-changing player with bonafide superstar potential. Kyle Kuzma is not that player, otherwise he wouldn’t be in trade scenarios. The other issue is that every day that a trade doesn’t happen is one less day of team integration that you’ve lost. This works both ways but for the Lakers who are on a tighter clock than most in terms of needing a respectable playoff showing to make sure AD isn’t tempted to look elsewhere (highly unlikely but completely possible).

      I think, that for all his upside, Kuzma ends up staying and we release THT and sign Collison. As we saw, both Daniels and Cook bring something to the team. Hard to see them tossing that much money away as a team. The Lakers have money but they’re not in the business of simply burning it to make a roster move that isn’t franchise altering. THT is a few years away from maybe, who knows, we can all hop, being something. Go for the proven NBA talent, wish the kid well, accept he’ll torch us for a game or three over the length of his career as payback and move on. Hopefully with another banner in the rafters as a result of it all.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:41 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No on DAR. Never liked that dude on or off the court and getting him up outta here is probably the greatest move Earv ever made (outside of landing Lebron..lol). But the biggest issue I have is getting rid of multiple HEAVY rotation guys off a 33-8 team in exchange for one pretty good player. That’s a whole lotta production & continuity to sacrifice for one dude who may or may not pan out. I’d rather take a shot at D-Rose. Kuzma & DMC work in the Trade Machine btw. Rose for Kuz and a guy in street clothes.

      • Buba

        Buba 1:40 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Don’t know how you put it out there, because folks would be so darn offended if I even try to put the same conclusion as you did. Not sure why.
        I would rather keep the fluidity of the roaster than mess up the chemistry.
        Sometimes, it’s better to refrain from doing wrong by injecting optimism In an otherwise pessimistic situation.
        There is a reason why this team is atop the Western Conference which should not be taken lightly.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:43 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m tempted by the Holiday trade, but just like Jamie, am worried about the fit alongside LeBron.
      No to DAR because he’s worthless on D and needs the ball in his hands even more than Holiday- not a great fit alongside LeBron.
      Plus, any team we deal with will want picks in return and you guys already know my feelings about losing anymore of those.
      Also, I’m not dealing either THT or Kostas until I see what they can do against the big boys- most likely, either won’t get enough burn until next season.
      There’s probably several scenarios that Rob and crew have planned out that we haven’t thought of which may or may not pan out.
      Dealing for Rose would be interesting, and I think would work, but again, Detroit will want picks and several of our youngsters plus one of our vets like Bradley in return.
      If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t place my chips on a Kuzma deal happening this season, but once again, I’ve been known to be wrong, from time to time.

      • Buba

        Buba 2:22 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I really like your take on this complicated issue, mclyne32, but I would rather stay pat. Sometimes, you have to be content with what you have in order to improve and get to that next level, and that might not sit well with some of my fellow Lakerholics. Chemistry is an ailment that every team has. It just needs to be addressed. The way you adopt it, is the same way your trajectory goes. Some have a shorter time to chemistry than others.
        Some fans even wonder why San Antonio Spurs seem to find gems at the bottom of their bench so consistently. That’s because Coach Pop knows how to experiment with the bottom of the barrel and come up with a huge dividends.
        That’s exactly what I was saying before the Magic game. Let LeBron rest while AD is recuperating. The benefit? So we can tryout our bench. But, I didn’t know that’s how good they can be.
        Cook, Daniels, Dudley all came up big in a huge way.

        Now, this is toughest part of being a Lakers head coach and Frank Vogel certainly has his work cut out for him. This is a real good problem to have as a head coach. Go figure out what else we have at the end of the bench before it’s too late, Coach.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 4:57 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks, Buba.
          I’m glad you made it here. Your easy going attitude and lack of a need to push a personal narrative are refreshing.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:44 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      To start off, I don’t just post stuff I agree with, although at times I do like to make a point. Mostly, I post stuff that I think can generate a good conversation without everybody going crazy.

      I probably would not do either of these trades although I might be tempted with Holiday because of his history playing with AD. DLo just makes too much money and I haven’t seen him prove he can come up big in the playoffs yet. I also doubt that the Lakers offer would be enough to win either trade.

      The Lakers best options right now are Collison and Iggy. Unless a hot deal falls in their hands, I think they shoot for those two first and they should have a good shot at both, especially if we keep winning. Signing them suddenly changes the dynamic.

      The harsh reality is that Kuzma plays the same positions that LeBron and AD play, which means he’s a bench player on the Lakers no matter how you want to cut it. If he gets better, he gets traded for sure because he won’t be satisfied not starting.

      If we could get Bertans or Covington for Kuz, I think the Lakers would pull the trigger for sure. You’re talking about an elite three-point shooter and wing defender, two areas you can never have too much off.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:28 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    Revisiting the Lakers questions that seemed so critical back in September 

    A two-day respite between games at the midway point of the regular season offers a chance for some reflection when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Is this the team we thought we would see when they formally gathered for the first time in El Segundo in September? It’s almost certainly better.

    Forty-one games in, with 41 to go, the Lakers are 33-8 and in first in the Western Conference. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have both been the West’s Player of the Week twice. Frank Vogel has a Coach of the Month under his belt.

    Alex Caruso has more All-Star votes than Russell Westbrook.

    Dwight Howard has more snakes than Medusa. And he’s still a major force in the middle.

    Rob Pelinka earned a contract extension and promotion for the work he did putting together a roster that has gotten timely contributions from virtually every member.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:49 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    LeBron thinks Jason Kidd is “only person alive who sees game with his level of clarity.” 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:42 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink |  

    How Frank Vogel won over the Lakers and their superstars 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:05 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Outstanding article on the job Frank Vogel has done with the Lakers by Kevin Arnovitz.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:48 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For me, Vogel has done a way better job than anyone on the planet, other than his family members, thought he would do.
      The true test is how he arranges his chess pieces when it really matters- during the playoffs. In this arena, where constant adjustments need to occur, your All Star talent can only take you so far.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:42 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    Could Derrick Rose be a viable option for the Lakers? 

    Some additional moves may have to be made to gain some assets to trigger such a trade for Rose. Unless a haul of players, including Kyle Kuzma most likely, could tempt the Pistons, who will have a high price on Rose. And rightly so.

    If the Lakers do trade on 2/3 players, whether it be for Rose or another player, it would instantly bring in an option to strengthen the roster. Whilst also opening up spots to test the free-agency/buy-out market. That’s where the likes of Darren Collison and Andre Iguodala come into play, among others.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:37 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    A blast from the past, via former Lakers front office staffer Ryan West’s Instagram 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:11 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers lead could still be 5 games if Warriors can beat Nuggets 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:21 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    Blockbuster Deals That Would Blow Up the NBA Trade Deadline 

    Lakers Land Sniper, Wizards Add Kuzma

    Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Davis Bertans

    Washington Wizards Receive: Kyle Kuzma, Quinn Cook, Talen Horton-Tucker

    The Lakers’ plan to flood their supporting ranks with snipers hasn’t worked. Despite owning the Association’s 10th-best conversion rate, they’re just 21st in makes and 23rd in attempts. Danny Green has been more good than great (1.9 triples per night, 38.7 percent), while Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley are all fighting for consistent minutes.

    Davis Bertans would be a godsend. His blend of volume (3.7 threes per game) and efficiency (43.6 percent) was only previously reached by Stephen Curry. And remember, Bertans is doing that without a table-setter like LeBron James. Getting them on the same roster might ensure the 2019-20 championship road runs through Hollywood.

    James creates more points off assists than anyone. Bertans splashes more catch-and-shoot threes than anyone, and he buries them at a 45.1 percent clip. The two would work wonders together, and the gravitational pull of Bertans’ shooting would be just as beneficial for Anthony Davis.

    A closing lineup of James, Davis, Bertans, Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope might not brim with versatility, but it features two superstars and three lights-out shooters. If James is locked in, then Bertans is the only defensive liability in that quintet, and there will almost certainly be somewhere to hide him.

    The Wizards say they want to keep Bertans, and they probably do to some degree. But he’s a 27-year-old who’s set to enter unrestricted free agency. They’re looking at their second consecutive sub-.400 winning percentage and an uncertain future beyond that. Does it make sense to keep this relationship going? What if he winds up collecting $15 million or more annually on his next contract?

    Selling high seems the most prudent move. And if Washington is a Kyle Kuzma believer, this swap accomplishes that.

    The third-year Lakers forward has proved an awkward fit alongside James and Davis, but he previously shined as a scorer (18.7 points per game last season) and a stretch forward (2.1 threes, 36.6 percent as a rookie). Compared with Bertans, Kuzma has youth, potential and contract control (signed for next season, restricted free agent after) on his side.

    While the Wizards don’t get a first-round pick out of this, that selection would likely come at the back end of the first round anyway if they’re shipping Bertans to a contender. Their best-case scenario at that point is uncovering the next Kuzma. Why not take the sure thing instead, especially with the pot sweetened by intriguing 19-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:51 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I will probably change my mind a few more times before the trade deadline but right now, I don’t think Kyle Kuzma is going to be consistent enough for us to count on him in a 7-game series. I also think his selling price right now is probably as high as it’s going to get. Kuzma, Cook, and THT for Davis Bertans makes a whole lot of sense.

      We really lose only two rotation players -- one forward and one guard -- and get a forward back in Bertans whose the second best 3-point shooter percentage wise in the entire league, meaning we only one rotation player. We give up potential in THT but get to keep Daniels as an emergency shooter.

      Bertans can slot right into Kuzma’s minutes and give the Lakers an elite threat from deep that is more consistent. He is also a better and more mature rebounder, playmaker, and defender at 27-years old than the 24-year old Kuzma. Bottom line, Kuzma may have a greater ceiling but Bertans is a more polished and proven player at this point.

      Bertans: 15.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in 29.4 minutes
      Kuzma: 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in 24.4 minutes

      Bertans: 116 of 267 (3.7 of 8.6 per game) threes for 43.4% from deep and 88.7% from the line
      Kuzma: 53 of 155 (1.7 of 4.8 per game) threes for 34.2% from deep and 74.6% from the line

      I have been resistant of trading Talen Horton-Tucker but after watching what Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels bring as shooters and what Jared Dudley brings in terms of shooting, defense, and smarts, I think it makes sense to try and keep one of Cook or Daniels plus Dudley and cash in THW now. There’s no better team to understand his and Kuzma’s as well as Cook’s value now than our minor league team, the Washington Wizards.

      By including THT, who is not a part of the rotation, the Lakers only lose one rotation player -- Cook -- but open up two roster spots for Collison and Iggy. You could almost look at the trade like this:

      Lakers get: Bertans, Collison, and Iguodala for Kuzma, Cook, and Horton-Tucker.

      Roster looks like this:

      PG: Collison, Bradley, Rondo
      SG: Green, KCP, Caruso, Daniels
      SF: James, Iguodala
      PF: Davis, Bertans, Dudley
      CE: McGee, Howard, Cousins

      That’s a dramatically improved roster if we could pull it off.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 6:00 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Please. Stop.

        -Everyone Here

        • Buba

          Buba 9:37 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I have been saying the same thing for a while, therealhtj.
          Patience is a virtue and chemistry should not be ignored.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 10:28 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is WAY too much to give up for Bertrans.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:21 PM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I feel like this kind of trade is a lot more likely than the home runs up above. Feels like a complimentary piece as opposed to another name who needs the ball. I don’t like giving up both THT and Kuzma but if it took that I wouldn’t cry about it. Cook feels like the odd man out in terms of what player has the least impact to the roster that we can lose. My question is, when you’re shipping out guys who already don’t have role (except of course Kuz), whose minutes does he take? If he can’t play D it ain’t Caruso. if he can’t pass it ain’t Rondo and so on.

      Wouldn’t be surprised if we stood pat and rolled the Kuzma debate over for another season.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:06 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    You can’t say this team lacks heart! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:19 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Game made me start not wanting to waive Cook and Daniels. Maybe the guy to go in a trade in THT, since he will not contribute this year. I could see times when Cook or Daniels could be desperately needed. Still want to keep Boogie for the long game and to make AD happy but also don’t see him helping us this year.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:49 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    Fultz Triple-Double pushes Orlando past Lakers! 

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:54 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Philly gave up way too early on this kid.

      • havoc

        havoc 9:15 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It actually doesn’t matter coz Fultz need the ball on his hands and that would not happen since Simmons is the primary ball handler..in short, he would not fit on that team..happy that he has moved to Orlando for him to display what he can really do as a player

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:44 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    Conclusion: Kuzma can't be depended on in a big playoff series! 

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:56 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Crucify Him!!!!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:20 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just stating what’s obvious from his play, Matt.
        I praised him for two great games.
        He deserves some criticism for the last two games.
        You don’t think Pelinka doesn’t see the inconsistency?
        That’s why he’s on the bubble and may be traded.
        If a trade can help the team, wouldn’t you trade him.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 12:57 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Darius’s tweets are the facts behind my post yesterday. Based solely on the players we have right now I don’t have him on the floor at the end of the 4th. Add Colison and or Iggy and he’s might not see any 4th minutes in the playoffs. Much too inconsistent on the offensive end and doesn’t cut it on the defensive end…no intangibles

      I like Kuzma and like his game when he’s on, timing sucks for him. He’s not ready and the window can’t wait.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:35 AM on January 16, 2020 Permalink |  

    The problem with rim protection late in game! 

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:04 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I didn’t like Frank’s rotations last night. Thought he should have pulled Dwight early in 4th to have him finish last 4 minutes instead of McGee. Also rather had Green and KCP in there in lieu of Daniels and Dudley who played a little too long.

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