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  • Magic2Worthy

    Magic2Worthy 1:21 PM on November 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Hey!! Loved the bit about how the young lakers timeline does not link well with the FO plan to add 2 max players next summer…. Our young guys are improving fast and it
    would be fun seeing them grow together….. If we add a young max player or two next
    summer, perfect!!!!

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:34 PM on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey, Brad, just letting the young kids grow and develop for a couple of years could be a sound Plan B if the free agents we want aren’t available next summer. I love the idea of Cousins in 2018 and Klay in 2019. NBA could be an entirely different world by next summer though. Changes have been coming faster and faster each year. Just look at this past year.

      There is definitely a disconnect between the timelines of LeBron James as a free agent and our young roster. PG or Cousins or Klay would fit fine but LeBron could require the front office to trade youth for immediate veteran help. If you’d asked me this summer if I would be in favor of that, I would have said no. After seeing some of the upside our young players have shown so far, I don’t want to see them dealt.

      Randle and Clarkson are two players who need to be moved to create cap space for two max contract free agents. Right now, I might be tempted to say the two of them could be worth a superstar as long as we landed one. In other words, if you signed LeBron, would you rather have Randle and Clarkson or Paul George? How quickly Lonzo, Brandon, and Kyle improve will also have major impact on the Lakers’ future.

      There’s a point you get to as a franchise where you need to start to paying attention to fit and position as you complete your roster. I’ve never been a fan of Morey’s or Hinkie’s fantasy sports approach to assembling basketball teams. CP3 and Harden? Simmons and Fultz? Superstars are critical to win a championship in the NBA but the game is still a team game and there are lots of ways to build a great roster.

      Right now, I want to see the Lakers build their roster as follows:

      1: Lonzo Ball
      2: Klay Thompson
      3: Brandon Ingram
      4: Kyle Kuzma
      5: DeMarcus Cousins

      While I believe in positionless basketball, I think Cousins and Thompson are far better fits with Lonzo, Ingram, and Kuzma.

      • mud

        mud 2:41 PM on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        if Cousins is so great, why are the Pelicans so bad?

        he’s talented, more talented than most, but he’s just another player when it comes down to it. some guys turn mediocre teams into winners. we call them Superstars. some guys rack up stats and technicals and are hard to live with and add no wins to their teams. we call them losers.

        there is a reason that the Kings weren’t any worse when DC left, and why the Pels are no better than the Lakers despite some very good players. i’d rather have Bropez.

  • Magic2Worthy

    Magic2Worthy 2:17 PM on November 3, 2017 Permalink  

    cheers!!

     
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