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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:45 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    The Lakers have decided they will not hire a PBO to replace Magic Johnson! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:02 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers should bring back both Bullock and Muscala! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:58 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think both of these guys are potentially great shooters at very reasonable price.
      Reggie’s a career 39.2% three-point shooter and Mike’s a 36.5% career three-point shooter.
      Reggie only made $2.5 million and Mike only $5.0 million last season.
      Should be able to re-sign both of these for shooting off the bench.
      Good backup shooting guard and backup stretch 4/5.
      Would be stupid not to keep both after trading Svi and Zu for them.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:28 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Muscala is trash!!!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:47 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I disagree, Matt. I know he had a huge shooting slump when we traded for him but he’s actually a very good shooter and was shooting ovedr 40% from deep before he got to Lakers and finished much better. He can play the 4 or 5 and is a fair driver and defender. He’s actually a much better stretch 4/5 than Moe Wagner and we can probably get him very cheaply. He and Bullock were both better fits as 27-28 year old vets who can be valuable bench contributors. Both should get a chance to be in the bottom five on our roster. You can never have too much shooting and both can shoot from deep.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:42 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Who has the best package for Anthony Davis? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:01 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Celtics are not going to include Tatum as long as Lakers have cap space to sign AD next summer.
      And if Lakers drop out by using their cap space, then Celtics would not need to include Tatum.
      Lakers and AD have the leverage. The question is are they smart enough to use it to win AD.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:06 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Benson denies ‘over my dead body’ quote. Griffin will make decision based on deal. 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:48 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Rival execs believe big 3 of AD, Kyrie and LeBron remains “very realistic” 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:45 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Report: Pelicans not high on Knicks forward Kevin Knox 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:28 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    FA targets the Lakers should focus on (in addition to the stars)! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:38 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Does No. 4 Pick Give Lakers Best Trade Package for AD? 

    When polled at this early stage in the draft process, multiple scouts and executives have Murray State point guard Ja Morant second behind Williamson, followed by Duke’s RJ Barrett. The next three selections, in some order, could be Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland, Virginia small forward De’Andre Hunter or Texas Tech shooting guard Jarrett Culver.

    Hunter is the best two-way player of the three, and Garland is the best shooter. Either would be a strong addition to the team’s young core, but how invested are the Lakers in developing players given the three-year window to build a championship contender around LeBron James?

    In February, Johnson reportedly offered nearly all of the Lakers’ prospects at the deadline, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Kuzma. In March, Buss called the notion that the Lakers would send out almost anyone not named James “fake news.”

    Whatever the truth, what matters now is what Buss and the Lakers are willing to give up for Davis. That Jason Kidd is reportedly joining Frank Vogel’s staff as an assistant coach, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, suggests keeping and developing Ball remains a priority. And would the Lakers really roll out Kuzma as the face of the team at the lottery only to trade him a month or two later?

    Other teams have done worse, and Davis is such a unique player at just 26 years old that Buss and the Lakers need to carefully decide how far to go.

    On Tuesday, general manager Rob Pelinka was quick to acknowledge that the No. 4 pick may be available, telling reporters on a conference call: “There are some incredibly talented, impact players there that we’re going to study deeply. And then, of course, we’ll canvas the league and see what value that pick has.”

    While the Boston Celtics appeared to be the biggest threat to snag Davis this summer, the Knicks may have leapfrogged the Celtics, who may see Kyrie Irving opt out of his contract and leave as a free agent. Boston can offer Nos. 14, 20 and 22 in June’s draft, but collectively, they may not be as valuable as the Lakers’ selection at No. 4. The Celtics can also look to include players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and/or Marcus Smart, but would they be willing to part with their young talent for Davis if Irving leaves?

    Meanwhile, the Knicks may have been disappointed to miss out on Zion, but they still possess a higher pick than the Lakers. The Pelicans might want to keep Duke teammates Williamson and Barrett together, with Jrue Holiday playing his preferred position at off guard. The Knicks also have several young players to offer such as Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and/or Mitchell Robinson. That’s a lot for Griffin to consider, and it’s enough to probably push the Lakers to make a generous offer if they want to compete.

    Ingram may be the most readily available Laker in a trade. He’s eligible for a contract extension this summer after a breakthrough season, but he did suffer a season-ending blood clot in early March. After surgery, he was cleared from any blood condition similar to the one that ended Chris Bosh’s career, but it could still negatively impact his trade value. In April, Ingram was still recuperating, eager to get back on the court.

    Given the Lakers project to be under the salary cap, they wouldn’t have to match salary with New Orleans, but an offer of Ingram and the No. 4 pick may not be enough to compete with what New York (or another team) might be willing to deal.

    The Knicks may be happy to include whatever it takes to get Davis and still have the cap room to add one or even two more big-name players. The Lakers could still build a superteam by using their cap room on an All-Star like Kawhi Leonard or Irving, but that would mean letting most or all of the young core go—starting with Ball and Ingram—to make a Davis trade cap-worthy.

    James has already shown he can win with Irving, and Davis is a better player than Kevin Love. The Lakers would need to round out the roster with shooters and defenders, but they’d immediately be a top contender.

    If instead they manage to acquire Leonard, the Lakers would add one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and a serious scorer. Given health and solid veteran acquisitions to flesh out the roster, they would be an immediate threat in the Western Conference, on par or better than the Golden State Warriors, especially if Kevin Durant leaves in free agency.

    As far as the rest of the Lakers roster, in moving from 11th to fourth, the team lost roughly $3 million in cap space. It was assumed the team would renounce the rights to veterans such as Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Mike Muscala and Lance Stephenson to have the space to sign a max player. The lottery win may now cost the Lakers the rights to Reggie Bullock as well.

    But none of that may matter if the team can land another star signing and/or trade for Davis. Los Angeles got a badly needed win Tuesday in the draft lottery. It may or may not lead to Davis, but the Lakers’ good fortune means another nice young core player or the means to make another move in trade to help give James and the franchise a credible chance to compete in the Western Conference.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:27 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    This Should Be Lakers' Draft Plan per Jonathan Wasserman 

    4. Los Angeles Lakers

    Plan A: Revive trade talks with New Orleans Pelicans

    The Los Angeles Lakers jumped in the lottery, moving up to No. 4 from No. 11. But the ultimate goal was cracking the top three. The difference between No. 4 and No. 11 in this draft isn’t obvious. The Lakers should re-engage New Orleans in trade talks for Davis and now throw in No. 4 overall.

    They could sit tight, keep their core and wait till free agency next summer to sign Davis. But that would mean wasting another season of LeBron James’ contract. If they wait, James would turn 36 in his first season alongside Davis.

    Along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, general manager Rob Pelinka now has No. 4 overall to add to a package. It doesn’t mean they’ll offer everyone or that New Orleans will even be interested. That may depend on the other offers the Pelicans receive. But Pelinka wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t call the Pelicans again, now that he has another asset to throw New Orleans’ way.

    Plan B: Trade down with Coby White in mind

    The player Pelinka likes at No. 4 could also be available later in the lottery, since there isn’t a consensus order in the tier following Williamson, Morant and Barrett. It’s worth making calls to trade down and collect a second asset.

    Coby White would be an interesting option to trade down for. He’d offer more playmaking in the backcourt and some insurance for Lonzo Ball, who’s missed 65 games over his first two seasons. White, 6’5″, could also play some 2-guard and add shooting (2.3 3PTM).

    Plan C: De’Andre Hunter

    If the Lakers hold at No. 4, they’ll just take the best player available and ignore position or need. De’Andre Hunter comes off as a safe pick and fit for anyone, particularly after scoring 27 points in the national title game while helping to hold Jarrett Culver to 5-of-22.

    One of the draft’s top defenders, able to guard positions 2 through 5 while also shooting 43.8 percent from three, Hunter would give the Lakers an interchangeable, two-way player.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:02 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Still would love to see Brandon Clarke on the Lakers. 

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:40 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If the Hawks are stupid enough to trade us #8 and #10 for #4, that is possible.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:40 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I was thinking about a trade with the Wizards, who have the #9 pick in the draft.
        How about ingram, Kuzma, Hart, and the #4 pick for Bradley Beal and the #9 pick?
        Lakers wouild still have $23 million in cap space to add players like Lopez and Green.
        And they could roll out starting lineup of Ball, Beal, LeBron, Clarke, and Lopez.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:58 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Iggy after stealing it from Dame to seal the game 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:57 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    One of my favorite Ingram games! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:00 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pelicans would be crazy not to trade for Lakers’ young core.
      Knicks got nothing like Ingram, Ball, or Kuzma.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:33 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Considering you’d have to make decisions on extending Ingram, Ball and Kuzma over the next two years…while having Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett, Zion on rookie deals plus multiple picks (1st Rounders) makes the Knicks deal bother the best talent acquisition and cost control.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:55 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Warriors steal Game 2 in Oakland! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:49 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers No Longer Pursuing Big Three! 

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:38 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great read, Tom. I certainly hope that this is the path that they pursue. Call me silly, but I still believe that both Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram will be all-stars in the next few seasons. That would make them more than just role players. The one thing that sticks in my craw is Magic’s disdain for Julius Randle. I know it is more than likely that the Pellies will re-sign him, but I wish the Lakers would make him a 4 year, 70 mil deal, starting at 15 mil this season and use the rest of the cap space on proven NBA shooters. How about Rodney Hood, who is coming into his own, for example? I also hope that they draft Darius Garland, re-sign JaVale McGee and Alex Caruso. I would be thrilled with all of that if we can’t land a big name player.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:54 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Keen. The numbers just don’t work for trying to create a Superstar Big Three. I look at the benches of the four teams left in the playoffs and the 3-superstar formula is not engough to compete at the highest level any more.

        With all the negative posturing being done by the Pelicans, I’m starting to think the price for AD might be too high, especially if includes both Ball and Ingram. I’ve been thinking that chasing Bradley Beal might be a better target. While you lose a couple of young players, you do end up with more cap space to upgrade the roster than you do if you sign a max contract superstar since the 25-year old Beal only makes $27 million and has three years left on his contract.

        With the injuries to Ball and Ingram, maybe targeting a package of Kuzma, Hart, and the #4 pick for Bradley Beal might be the answer. We would still have $15 million in cap space left over to chase Brook Lopez or Danny Green. A starting lineup of Ball, Beal, Ingram, James, and Lopez would be pretty sweet. Say you spend $10 million on Lopez then you have $5 million in cap space plus the room exception of $4 million to upgrade the bench.

        There are players on the Lakers that I also want to bring back, including McGee, Bullock, Jones, Caruso, and Muscala, who I know everybody hates but is a proven elite shooter with size. And I love the idea of getting Beal and keeping Ingram and Ball. Just an idea.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 10:57 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Pels Benson claims they will never trade AD to Lakers. Stupid is as ….

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:17 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Most likely just posturing to make sure Lakers make great offer to increase the offers from other teams but it probably does likely mean the Lakers need to beat other offers by a large margin for them to accept a deal from us.

            This is such an important trade for the future of the Pelicans that it’s hard to imagine them turning down a significantly better deal from the Lakers to trade AD to the Knicks.

            All depends on whether the Lakers get a bite from one of the top five free agent superstars this summer and how firmly AD maintains he will only re-sign with the Lakers and Knicks.

            I’ve been starting to think that it’s not worth trading the entire house for AD. We might be better off looking to trade with the Wizards to get Beal. I think an offer of the #4 pick plus Kuzma and Hart might be enough, especially if everybody is so worried about Ball’s and Ingram’s injuries.

            Best move of all might be just to wait and sign AD next summer. Then we keep everybody including the #4 pick in the draft and Ball and Ingram.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:13 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Now Benson is saying she never said that and that Griffin has authority to take the best deal that’s offered for AD.

    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 10:28 AM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love this plan!! I really love our young guys.. they need to keep improving, then this plan really works.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:30 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,

      Nice post. I hope you are right. As you know this has been my stance for some time now. Somehow many of the writers out there purposing trading all of the kids forget how good we looked before all of the injuries. We lost over a 190 player games to injury. When you consider that most of those were to our top 6 players and usually at least two were out at a time, no team could overcome that. All of our kids gave plenty us to be excited by. BI put up all star numbers after January 1st. It took him a while to learn to play with Lebron but once he did he had games where was unstoppable. There were a few games where Lebron even deferred to him. He very well could be our 2nd star this year. Both Lonzo and Kuz are more then capable of being important contributors on a contender. If we can land a 2nd star that would be awsome. Even filling out the roster with quality role players would work. I don’t think we are as good with 3 stars and a bunch of ring chasers at the end of their career and G leaguers. I would love to land AD but I’m thinking only in free agency next year. The price would be too high in a trade.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:11 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Michael. I think Rob Pelinka and the Lakers front office can see that the numbers would be very tough to land three superstars. I also don’t think they would be willing to give up Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, and the #4 pick to get AD. That’s too much for one guy. That #4 pick could be a player with the upside of Lonzo and Brandon. The Lakers may not have the balls to really wait for AD but I think they might be able to get Beal for Kuzma, Hart, and the #4, which would then allow them to keep Lonzo and Brandon. A lineup of Lonzo, Beal, Ingram, LeBron, and Lopez, whom they could then offer a good hunk of the $15 million they would have left after trading for Beal would be a dynamite starting lineup and Beal and Lopez would give LeBron and Ingram the shooters to really open up the floor to attack the rim.

    • p ang

      p ang 6:22 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Magic is an idiot. If that was his plan my question is what do you call the guy who follows an idiot?

      Moving on.

      3year vet BI, 2 year vet Kuz, alltime vet LBJ. Add Seth Curry or Kemba. Add Zo with an offense. McGee or Brook with Boogie on a 1-year deal. Trade for Eric Gordon.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:12 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Magic was all about chasing the big names and hitting grand slams. I think Pelinka is more about building a team the right way. He’s not going to gamble everything the way Magic would, which is what we need right now. The #4 pick has really changed the dynamic for the Lakers.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:02 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Love Favors

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:54 PM on May 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Steph feeling it from the logo before Game 2 

     
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