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  • 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.

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

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

  • 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? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:58 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    3 Superstars #Lakers Could Trade For 

    If the Los Angeles Lakers end up trading for a superstar during the 2017 offseason, chances are it’ll be one of these big names coming to California.

    Based on what we’ve seen from the Los Angeles Lakers the last few seasons, serious change is needed. The process started when Jeanie Buss cleaned house mid-season, but it will continue with what should be an interesting offseason under the leadership of Magic Johnson.

    The Lakers legend figures to come in and make waves, as Luol Deng recently alluded to (via InsideSoCal’s Mark Medina). The veteran forward mentioned he believes there will be “a lot of changes” coming for Los Angeles, with Magic driving this franchise in a new direction.

    Realistically, though, it’s a needed approach considering the futility the Lakers have played with as of late.

    One thing Johnson is expected to do is seek out a trade for a superstar. It makes sense, especially when you consider the rumors that surfaced after he took the reins before the trade deadline.

    The Lakers possess some decent trade chips, including a handful of top prospects and a potential top-three pick.

    While it’s unclear which players/picks are available, Johnson and new general manager Rob Pelinka definitely have some ammunition to work with in terms of making a trade happen.

    So who could they be targeting if the Lakers are to make a trade for a superstar in 2017? There are a number of candidates, but the following three big names seem like the most realistic of the bunch. It’s anyone’s guess what Magic is capable of with so much power at his fingertips.

    1. Camelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks
    2. Jimmy Butler, SG, Chicago Bulls
    3. Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:03 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Westbrook says ‘OKC is a place that I want to be’ but will he sign an extensioni? 

    The Thunder want to sign Russell Westbrook to a contract extension that projects to be worth about $207 million over five years.

    But does he want to sign it?

    Westbrook, via Royce Young of ESPN:

    “That’s something, like I said, I haven’t thought about anything, obviously,” Westbrook said. “Everybody knows that I like Oklahoma City and I love being here and I love everybody here. But I haven’t even thought about that. Obviously, Oklahoma City is a place that I want to be.”

    Westbrook noted that his wife is expecting their first child in May, and that’s where his focus is right now. Asked whether there’s a timetable on his decision about a potential extension, Westbrook lightheartedly jabbed back.

    “No. What did I just say? Like you don’t care about my baby?” he said. “You must not. You didn’t hear that part, huh?”

    Though it was painted as Westbrook showing his loyalty to the Thunder in stark contrast to the departed Kevin Durant, Westbrook’s renegotiation-and-extension last summer was also his way of receiving the highest-possible salary.

    This is a different case.*

    *So, it seems. 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.

    Westbrook appeared to embrace leading the team, and he truly seems happy in Oklahoma City in a way I didn’t expect when he signed last summer. His image is so tied to loyalty to the Thunder, it’d be tough to spin an exit.

    But Oklahoma City is relatively locked into a roster that will have a hard time winning multiple playoff series. Westbrook wants to win.

    I don’t know whether he’ll accept an extension this summer rather than delaying a year, but if he won’t ink a deal this year, that should be a concerning indicator to the Thunder about their chances of re-signing him in 2018.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:06 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No way OKC can NOT trade Westbrook this summer if he refuses to sign an extension. And if he signs that extension, OKC will have no cap space to improve the team and will end up having to pay luxury taxes. Presti truly faces an impossible situation with Russell Westbrook.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:18 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It also appears that the designated-veteran-player rate would not apply to Westbrook although he would be able to get 35% of cap due to 10 years of service. The big difference is other teams could still offer the same beginning salary but for slightly less increase and only for 4 years instead of 5. So the difference between what he could make staying in OKC is really just the extra year, which players usually recoup in their next contract. Bottom line, Westbrook can get 35% of cap from Lakers or any other team.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:44 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The extra $77 MILLION says that he will stay.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:41 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Russell Westbrook Calls Oklahoma City ‘A Place That I Want To Be’ 

    There are plenty of dream acquisitions for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers and many times those players are guys who grew up in the Los Angeles area. One of the biggest, and most hoped for is Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook who grew up in Hawthorne and attended Leuzinger High before moving on to UCLA.

    Originally the summer of 2017 was the target as Westbrook’s original contract was set to run out. However, after Kevin Durant left the franchise, Westbrook agreed to an extension with the Thunder that pushed his potential opt-out back one year.

    Now Westbrook can still opt-out after the 2018 season and become a free agent if he chooses, but in speaking after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets, it sounds like Westbrook has no plans on leaving the Thunder via Royce Young of ESPN:

    “That’s something, like I said, I haven’t thought about anything, obviously,” Westbrook said. “Everybody knows that I like Oklahoma City and I love being here and I love everybody here. But I haven’t even thought about that. Obviously, Oklahoma City is a place that I want to be.”

    It would definitely be great to see Westbrook in purple and gold, but it seems unlikely that he would leave the Thunder, especially with the amount of money they could offer him. The MVP front-runner would be in line for a massive contract extension this summer and it is very possible he never even hits the market.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:42 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Westbrook is not going to win any championships in OKC. Hopefully, he will realize that this summer and let their GM know he won’t be staying

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 12:03 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Leaving roughly 75 million dollars and one less year on a contract seems awfully tough. We’d probably need to do something like (A) make the playoffs and (B) knock off OKC convincingly -- like a sweep with their roster at full strength -- to plant the seed that Westy should jump ship.

        I’m down for it though!

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:39 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Cali: He would not be eligible for designated-veteran-player rate so other teams can match beginning salary. OKC can offer slightly larger raises and extra year. There won’t be the $75 million difference in the offer. Really just a 5th year that Westbrook can recoup on his first year of his next contract.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:20 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    2017 NBA Mock Draft, Week 25: Lakers at No. 1, Knicks at No. 2 


    Markelle Fultz
    PG, Washington
    Lottery odds: 15.6 percent
    Draft status: In with an agent

    If the Los Angeles Lakers land the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, they’ll have a difficult choice to make. On the one hand will be UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, the hometown prospect who has publicly expressed his desire to play for the franchise. On the other, Washington’s Markelle Fultz, an 18-year old point guard who is widely regarded as the better prospect with the potential to change the direction of an organization in disarray. While the attraction to Ball will be real, the Lakers should ultimately settle on Fultz because when it comes to rebuilding billion dollar enterprises, hometown loyalty shouldn’t mean too much.

    Fultz is the best point guard prospect that we’ve seen in recent years. He averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds for a Washington team that was a disaster without him on the floor. The Huskies’ net rating was -22 points per 100 possessions with Fultz on the bench and even with him on it, per Hoop Lens. Fultz is a capable scorer at all three levels, is already a good ball-handler and has the size at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan to be a decent defender.

    The fit with current guard D’Angelo Russell is also a bit better. Ball and Russell would struggle mightily as a defensive duo and although Fultz isn’t elite on that end, his athleticism gives him more upside. Fultz and Russell could form an intriguing two point guard system as both of them are comfortable playing away from the ball.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:23 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I still love DeAaron Fox because of his athleticism and defensive ability. I would take Ball instead of Fultz if we got the top pick but would keep my options open as the rest of the draft happens. If Fox slid to #7, I would look to trade Ball for the Kings #7 and #10 picks. Could land DeAaron Fox and Lauri Markkanen. That would be my ideal best possible Lakers draft.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 10:29 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Then there’s the 53% flipside, of course. Call me a pessimist! :)

        • mclyne32 (Director) 1:45 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          so negative

          • keen observer

            keen observer 2:48 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I just believe in percentages in these kind of situations. It’s not the same thing as fg% vs. eye test vs. clutchness. Too many variables there. This is straight up probablities. Oh, I did forget one variable. According to mclyne32, the draft is fixed. So there’s that.

            • tate793

              tate793 3:18 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink

              Do you recall the “percentages” from last year’s draft? Yet, we ended up with the #2 pick.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 4:11 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink

              I forget very little, Mr. Tate. Last year, 2016, we had the second worst record with a 56% chance of keeping our top 3 pick and kept the #2 pick.

              The prior year, 2015, we had the fourth worst record with similar odds to keep our top 5 protected pick and jumped to #2 to draft your all-time favorite Laker, D’Angelo Russell. This was obviously a result of the mcwhyne variable (the draft is fixed).

              This year we have a less than 50% chance of keeping our top 3 protected pick, we have already burned the mcwhyne variable in 2015 resulting in the selection of mcwhyne’s and Mr. Tate’s favorite player currently on the Lakers roster, so here is what we are left with:

              1) A 46.9% chance to keep the pick.
              2) The draft is fixed (burned that one in 2015 and wasted the pick in your view)
              3) The Law of Averages (we lucked out 2 years in a row, so ….

            • AK27

              AK27 11:17 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink

              The law of averages ? what does that tell you in this instance, keen ?

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 8:44 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              I’m inclined to agree with keen on this one … the odds might be against the Ls retaining the pick this time around.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:56 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Every flip of the coin has nothing to do with previous flips.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 9:33 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Honestly, I have no opinion on this. I’m just screwing around. Like everyone else, I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

            • AK27

              AK27 9:59 AM on April 28, 2017 Permalink

              Exactly, LT. Independent random events.

    • tate793

      tate793 4:37 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s no such thing as luck.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:46 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Paul George to Miami? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:46 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You know Riles is going to working to make a last big splash. There have been several recent articles positing that PG should stay in the East and that it will be even harder to get to the Finals in the West. Like LA, players like living in Miami and no state income tax helps.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:37 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just like the Celtics were/are light years ahead of the Lakers….. With the surge they had since new years, with solid pieces around a legit force in the middle, with Miami weather, scenery AND not paying 13% of your income…. I like Miami’s chances of making a big splash way before the Lakers. If I were PG I’d wait it out a year in Indiana see how the Laker kids develop or head to Miami and fit perfectly with Drag and Whiteside.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:37 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Why Kristaps Porzingis is unhappy with Phil Jackson and the Knicks 

    As the New York Knicks completed perfunctory season-ending meetings with Phil Jackson, league sources say that some players emerged perplexed over the contents of the conversations – which included game-show questions. The Knicks president sent his team into the summer in a similar state as to how they staggered through another lost season: bewilderment.

    As Jackson publicly pushed for Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause and accept a move out of New York on Friday and disparaged coach Jeff Hornacek’s connectivity to the locker room, a bigger issue emerged: Kristaps Porzingis made a stand about the unprofessionalism and routine chaos that has lorded over his work environment.

    Porzingis passed on the exit interviews, as ESPN’s Ian Begley first reported, and league sources say Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp.

    Porzingis isn’t alone. Players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization’s summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team’s suburban New York practice facility, league sources told The Vertical. In reality, there’s an open rebellion to the triangle – for the offense itself, and by extension, the discord and dysfunction that its implementation has burdened upon everyone.

    It isn’t only Jackson’s laborious organizational emails about the triangle – demands of emphasis on schooling players on the reverse pivot move, or the proper passing techniques – but his increasing insistence on the coaching staff and players that the obsolete offense become fully functional for the 2017-18 season.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:38 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers get new front court: Mozgov and Deng for Melo and Kristaps! But seriously, what the hell is Phil doing? Melo is now digging in and refusing to be traded and Porzingis blew off his exit interview and decided against Knicks’ wishes to play for home team Latvia this summer.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:32 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo spoke about watching tapes of Magic growing up, and hoping to emulate his game 

    “I watched tape on Magic when I was young,” Ball told The Vertical, “and it’s why you can see it in my game. He liked to pass, I like to pass. He was a big point guard, I’m a big point guard. And I feel the way the game is played means a lot to him and me.”

    The Lakers and Ball seem to be a perfect match. The UCLA product is a very talented player and a true point guard, which is something the Los Angeles franchise desperately needs moving forward.

    Although D’Angelo Russell was thought to be the point guard of the future in Los Angeles, the 21-year-old can easily make the transition over to shooting guard as he did late in the 2016-17 NBA season for head coach Luke Walton. He seems to be better suited for that position.

    A Ball-Russell backcourt with Jordan Clarkson coming off the bench could prove to be the way to go for the Lakers. It could possibly set up the future with Brandon Ingram at small forward, Julius Randle at power forward, and Ivica Zubac holding down the paint at the center position.

    Even though it is a promising look at what may be on the horizon for the Lakers, the fact remains the future is very much uncertain. The team has a 46.9 percent chance of retaining their top-three protected pick and there’s no guarantee Ball will still be available even if they do end up at No. 2 or 3.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:40 AM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Could be the closest point guard to impact the game with his style and personality since Magic Johnson. May not be the best individual player but he will definitely make everybody else on the team better and help Luke create and sustain the selfless culture he wants for the Lakers.

      • tate793

        tate793 3:27 PM on April 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Would also be a defensive liability. All the “I-wanna-play-for-the-Lakers” hype could very well just be his dad salivating over marketing potential. Ball’s personality doesn’t come close to Magic’s.
        Nevertheless, we shall see, when the time comes.

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