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  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 4:14 PM on October 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    That was Quick 

    Looks like Magic and Rob saw what we saw last night. They just waved Ware and signed Williams to a 2 way contract. I thought Williams played great in summer league and pre season. He played good defense and was active on the boards. Perhaps he plays himself onto the roster. He gives us a better option when Javale sits. Quick enough to switch and strong enough.

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 6:22 PM on October 17, 2018 Permalink |  

    Pels 71 Rockets 54 at the half 

    I wonder if losing two of their best defenders will hurt the Rockets this year. Lol. And the Rockets super small line up? AD 18 points, Randle 17 points and Mirotic 15 points. Enough said. By the way Julius is 2 for 2 from 3.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:55 PM on October 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Don’t want the Pels to win but also don’t want the Rockets to win. Glad to see Julius shooting the threes and playing well.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:57 PM on October 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kinda did not like to see him go.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:05 PM on October 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He wanted to start and that was not going to happen here and he knew it.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:08 PM on October 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Center? I don’t know, but he is tough one.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 9:44 AM on October 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            He didn’t start for NO either. He did feast on a team with no interior D when their stars had pretty off nights.

        • Worthy42

          Worthy42 9:50 AM on October 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Totally agree DJ -- his leaving hurt. JR is a stud.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 11:17 AM on October 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I still don’t understand why some here didn’t care that he left.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:35 PM on October 18, 2018 Permalink

              What was disappointing is Randle is not even starting for the Pelicans. He’s coming off the bench, which could have been the perfect role for him with the Lakers, as their small ball center backing up JaVale. He is exactly what the Lakers could use right now. Next year though, Julius would have faced the same situation so it was smart of him to leave.

              Bottom line, Julius got that second year on his contract and may have more opportunity long term with the Pelicans. Were he to remain with the Lakers, he would likely have been trade fodder just like Nance, Clarkson, and Russell. Just wasn’t meant to be, partly because Julius never fit the modern prototype of a stretch 4 or 5.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:21 PM on October 18, 2018 Permalink

              He got the player option on his 2nd year which was even smarter. Doubt he got any kind of flexibility from our front office.

              @mclyne -- I was REALLY bummed to see both he and Brook Lopez go. I thought they were a perfect pair of players to compliment LeBron at the 3 and we’d see Ingram move to the bench, actually. So, in a way, that speaks as much to how much the front office believe in Ingram as it has anything to do with Julius.

              I also think JR’s agency (same as Paul G.) had more than a little to do with steering another of their client’s elsewhere but that’s pure speculation on my part.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 6:03 PM on September 23, 2018 Permalink  

    AD 

    Aloha,
    While AD signing with Clutch is certainly good for the Lakers it doesn’t necessarily mean he is automatically going to become a laker. There are still several hurdles to overcome. The first of course is th super max salary that will be on the table. And it’s anyones guess how important that is too him.

    Now I don’t expect the Pels will trade him this year. They will want to see how the team does this year. Ironically not keeping Randle could come back to bite us in the butt. Playing with Brooke really opened up Randles game. I can just imagine what playing with AD will do. I could easily see him blossoming in that 2nd star. With the cap rising to 109 mil next year and 118 the next the Pels could add more pieces to the roster.

    All that said I would not trade any of our young trade assets for anyone other then AD. With AD at clutch I’m sure we will know how to move forward. Wait never mind. The Lakers would never break the NBA rules. I’m sure Lebron never came up when they talked to Rich about KCP :)I know about the whole bird in the hand thing. But AD is so much better then the other birds that he is worth the gamble.

    One other interesting point about the 118 mil cap the year AD can walk is we actually could sign him even if we signed another free agent next summer. BI will be a restricted free agent that summer. Even with his cap hold it wouldn’t be to hard to maneuver to make it work. This would come in handy if the Pels traded him somewhere else. How is this for a line up.

    Ball PG
    Clay Thompson SG
    AD center
    BI sf
    Lebron PF

    With Kuz, Hart, Svi and Wagner off the bench. Not bad.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:32 PM on September 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Michael,
      I too think that Randle will have another excellent year. I completely understand why our FO wanted to keep money available for next summer, but I would have made Julius a priority.
      Anyway, we will be hoping that the Pels lose a lot this year so Davis thinks about moving on. $235 million clams is a lot to turn down, but like you said, we don’t know just how important winning Championships is to him. Like I’ve said before, a lot can happen throughout the long season. Trades happen. Season ending injuries occur. Guys decide they want to play elsewhere.
      All I know is that Magic flashed that trademark smile the second he heard that The Brow signed with Klutch.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 7:41 PM on September 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lol. I’m sure Magic was a happy camper. It’s all good. It’s just adding more intrigue to the next couple of seasons.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:23 AM on September 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It will be interesting to see what all these superstars think about the Lakers after they make it to the conference finals only to lose 4-2 to Warriors. We may suddenly see a real competition between Butler, Kawhi, Klay, and KD all wanting to join LeBron and the young Lakers.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:13 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink  

    AD future Laker 

    Bill Simmons
    Bill Simmons
    @BillSimmons
    If AD is going to Klutch (and it seems like he is), the Lakers should just start selling AD jerseys right now.

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:19 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Number One on My Wish list 

    Pelicans star Anthony Davis parts ways with longtime agent
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    New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has parted ways with longtime agent Thad Foucher, sources told ESPN.

    To officially change agents, players are required to file paperwork with the players’ union and then wait 15 days. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who represents LeBron James among others, is a leading contender to represent Davis, sources said.

    Davis has two years and $52 million left on his contract with the Pelicans, plus a $29 million player option for the 2020-21 season.

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:25 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is one of the reasons I’m apposed to trading any of our young guys . Add a 2nd star next summer and wait and see what happens with AD. If he chooses Rich Paul. He will play in LA. Either through A trade or free agency.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:32 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This is sensational news, Michael. No doubt the Lakers would have a leg up over even the Celtics if Davis signed with Klutch Sports. AD might even be the only player for whom it would make sense to trade some of young talent for.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 12:41 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Exactly my feelings Tom. Of all of the great moves the FO have made it may turn out that signing KCP to that 18 mil contract could be the best. Although I’m sure that Lebron’s was never mentioned when they talked to Rich. And I’m also sure that AD’s name will not be mentioned if he signs with Clutch because tampering NEVER happens in the NBA :)

        • keen observer

          keen observer 8:44 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He is the only player in the NBA who is worth sacrificing one or two of our young assets for.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:51 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Even if we struck out next summer AD will not pick up his option the next summer. I’m sure contracts would constructed again like this year.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:54 PM on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ewwwww weeeeee!
      Please sign with Klutch!!!!!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:28 AM on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sean, waiting for you to chime in…

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:10 AM on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s one of Kobe’s original Protege(s) from the Millennial Generation…he’s sending Magic smoke signals. :)

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:09 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink  

    7.5 Mil left on the table 

    Adrian Wojnarowski
    @wojespn
    ESPN reporting with
    @ramonashelburne
    : In buyout with Lakers, Luol Deng walked away from $7.5M on the $36.8M left on his contract. With waive and stretch provision, Lakers have cleared $38M in salary cap space in 2019 free agency.

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:14 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Lakers must have played this right. Probably let Deng’s people come to them. Or told them they wouldnt buy him out with out some concessions. They might have also given Deng’s people permission to look arond the league to gauge interest. Perhaps some team is willing to sign him for the 2.3 mil vet min. Then betting on himself to make it up in another contract.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:57 PM on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        One thing I like about the move is we don’t give up any draft picks, especially the 2021 draft, when the league and NCAA eliminate the 1-and-done rule and there will be the usual college frosh plus the high school class both eligible. Our scouting department was always my main reason for not trying to trade Deng as opposed to w&s-ing him.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 5:54 PM on July 7, 2018 Permalink  

    No no no!!!! 

    Josh Martin
    Josh Martin
    @JoshMartinNBA
    If I’m the Lakers, I might rather play Luol Deng (if he’s still on the roster) than bring in Melo
    Jordan Schultz
    @Schultz_Report
    Source close to Carmelo Anthony says the #Lakers are one of Melo’s preferred destinations, and that he’s high on chance to finally play with #LeBron. Keep in mind too, that Carmelo owns a house in LA.

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 6:01 PM on July 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We have been underwhelming since we landed Lebron but OMG I would lose all confidence in Magic if we sign Melo. It would be all about names and not team building. OKC was minus 14 with Melo on the court and plus 17 with him on the bench. They couldn’t even play him in crunch time in the playoffs. Considering he can’t play the 3 anymore he would be taking minutes from Kuz who is a much better player then he is.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 6:01 PM on July 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nooooooooooo

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 5:44 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink  

    How much would give up for Kawahi? 

    Lakers Trade Rumors: Kawhi Leonard Prefers Clippers to Joining LeBron James

    ALEC NATHAN
    JULY 05, 2018
    Kawhi Leonard has reportedly cooled on the idea of joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Appearing on the Back to Back podcast on the Count The Dings Network on Thursday, ESPN.com’s Michael C. Wright indicated Leonard is now focusing on trying to land with the Los Angeles Clippers in the aftermath of LeBron James’ commitment to the Lakers.

    “The Lakers are not Kawhi’s preferred destination anymore,” Wright said. “He wants to go to the Clippers. Because he doesn’t want to go and be second fiddle to LeBron. That’s what I was told. I was told by somebody that would know. So right now the Clippers are where he wants to go.

    “But I’m also told—I talked to people within the Spurs organization—and they’re like, ‘Yeah he wants to go to the Clippers, but their assets are s–t at this point.'”

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:48 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink  

    Sign Brook already 

    Aloha

    Amir Johnson just resign with the 76ers. The list of starting quality centers is growing thin. Len’s still out there but he plays no defense. At this point I would just tell the Spurs let’s talk in February. They are not going to comprise any time soon. There is no reason for them to at this point of the year. We will not win it all this year Kawhi or no kawahi. And if there is something real happening with Dame, signing Lopez won’t matter because we would need to Deng to make a deal work.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:02 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the Lakers have already lined Brook up or are not worried about anybody else signing him. They’re obviously working on some potential trades and want to maintain as much flexibility as possible at this point. I fully expect some form of trade before the end of this week and then a Lopez signing

      I think the Lakers have played their Kawhi cards very well. Have held a tough line, showed they plan to sign him next summer, and there frankly are no real competitors willing to take a chance. Kawhi has shown not to be the risk free, low maintenance superstar everybody thought he once was. Including the Lakers.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:02 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think unless there is something out there that doesn’t require over paying I think they should tell Lebron we will look at trades in December. For instance KCP with Ball and Kuz would be enough to trade for Dame without Deng’s contract. I’ll be rooting for a really bad start for Portland.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:07 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only thing the Lakers are looking for right now is that second superstar. They know they have two shots at getting one this year. The first is this summer and their not going to quit until they’ve turned over every stone. We could see a lot of action in the next two days. I think the Spurs will cave.

      The trade deadline is the second opportunity and, if the Lakers strike out this summer, they will be going full tilt to add a superstar at the trade deadline. Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, Josh, and every player on the team not named LeBron better hope to get out of the gate playing great or they won’t be here long.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 2:22 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        One thing I was looking at Tom is if the Lakers brought back Myles Leonard’s 10 mil bad contract it could make Deng’s contract a little easier to swallow. Deng, Ball, Kuz and Zu just about gets it done.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:34 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Aloha, Michael,

          The good thing about our position right now is we dont have to make a move now. That’s the luxury and leverage that LeBron has given Magic with his four-year contract. If there was anything that turned me from a fan who didn’t want LeBron to come to one that’s thrilled he’s here, it’s his willingness to work with Magic and the Lakers. He is going to retire just like Kareem and Shaq wearing a purple and gold cap. We have the leverage and the assets that rebuilding teams are going to desperately want and a world of options, which means Magic is not going to take anything but a clear win to get the next superstar.

          I hate the idea of trading Lonzo Ball as I believe in the grand chemistry that Luke, Lonzo, and LeBron could create if they all got on the same page. It’s the dream I think has a chance to prevail although it will take serendipity and the Lakers being patient enough to give it a chance to happen before pulling the plug and going for more superstars. If we’re smart and patient in our negotiations, hopefully we’ll get out of the gate on fire and give the front office and LeBron second thoughts about what we need to be a contender.

          Good to see you recover from the Randle situation. I think Julius found a perfect place alongside AD with the Pelicans. I remember how distrought I was after the Lakers traded Russell. I almost feel like a traitor even thinking about trading Lonzo or Kyle, who is with Lonzo the players I think have the most potential to be superstars in their right. The only thing I’m grateful for is the LeBron who signed with us is the LeBron I was hoping and praying for. I’ll die if Lonzo and Kyle don’t get their chance to shine with LeBron.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 3:28 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I get where you’re coming from Tom, but I don’t think you would be that upset if giving up Lonzo and Kuz would net Lillard- a legitimate star who could create the same problems that LeBron and Kyrie did when they won a Chip together.
            Randle and Kuzma have become my favorite drafted Lakers since we signed Eddie and Van Exel, but if they need to be let go to make way for our next Championship Team, I’m good with it.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:03 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink

              My mind agrees even if my heart doesn’t, Matt. There are so many promising options in front of us. What we as bloggers and fans don’t have is the inside information that the front office has that leads them to decisions we don’t understand, like not prioritizing Randle or not signing Boogie. I’m happy with our moves so far and think Magic and Rob aren’t going to work hard to make sure we get the best possible deals and will wait if we have to. Can’t ask anything more than that. I’m hoping for but partially dreading the Lakers next big news announcement.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 5:26 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink  

    Where is this guys head 

    Report: Kawhi Leonard More Open to Clippers After LeBron James Joins Lakers

    JOSEPH ZUCKER
    JULY 03, 2018
    One might expect LeBron James’ imminent move to the Los Angeles Lakers would give Kawhi Leonard even more reason to push for a trade to the Lakers, but the opposite may prove true.

    During an appearance on Fox Sports Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania reported Leonard may not be “jumping for joy” after James’ decision. Charania added the San Antonio Spurs star could become more receptive to a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers (h/t The Sports Daily’s Farbod Esnaashari).

    Klutch Sports Group announced Sunday that James will sign a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers.

    The Lakers have also agreed to deals with Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee and will re-sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. Charania reported Rajon Rondo will sign a one-year contract as well.

    By adding James, Los Angeles snagged the biggest star on the free-agent market, but part of the team’s success in the offseason hinges on acquiring Leonard.

    Right now, either Rondo or Brandon Ingram is the Lakers’ second-best player behind James. Los Angeles has acted quickly to fill out the squad, but Rondo, Stephenson and McGee aren’t going to help bridge the gap between the Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.

    One could argue Leonard doesn’t drastically change matters either, but he’s an unquestioned superstar to pair with James. Selling free agents on the franchise’s long-term vision would be a lot easier in 2019 with two top-10 players on the roster.

    If Leonard is cooling on the idea of trying to force a trade to the Lakers or signing with the team next summer, then the problems are twofold.

    For one, the Lakers risk playing the 2018-19 season without a clear path to a title, which matters given that James turns 34 in December. In addition, Leonard’s change of heart could indicate James’ presence may not have the impact the team’s front office expected. Los Angeles is counting on more marquee names to follow James.

    Paul George agreed to a four-year, $137 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, spurning the Lakers in the process. Following that by failing to secure a trade for Leonard would be cause for some concern despite having James’ commitment in the bag.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:33 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not sure why folks kept glossing over the part about him just wanting to come to LA. Don’t let Jerry West get in a room with him; could turn out to be kindred spirits.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:39 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kawhi is a different dude for sure. But I can see the Lakers being the perfect place for him to hide with LeBron and the zoo drawing all the attention. With the Clippers, he would be up front all the time. Cuts both ways. Just trade for him so you don’t have to deal with that issue next summer. Bird in hand.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:50 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol…the Clippers are never up front

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:53 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I meant Kawhi would be the face of the franchise with the Clippers which would make him the guy everybody came to interview after every game. I don’t think that’s what he wants. He just wants to play, get treated like a superstar, but not have to deal with the press and fans.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 5:58 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The 2nd best player on the Laker crazy train is probably gonna get more shine than the best player on the also-ran Clipps. Chris Carter was talking about the same thing this morning. Lakers need to make this deal and soon

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 5:58 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      3 injuries to the same quad. He has A beef with the most stable player friendly organization in the NBA. A team that players take pay cuts to stay. The best coach in the NBA, one that is universally loved by his players. Passing up a super max because Tony Parker hurt his feelings and that was the last straw. And we don’t even know if will hold up physically if the quad is a cronic condition that will continue to flair up. If we trade the farm for him and he doesn’t like the spot light we won’t be able to make a trade for another player. And while he is great player we still will need another year at the earliest to put a contender together. I can wait a year.

      • John M.

        John M. 6:11 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I just saw something on MSN that said Spurs want Ingram, Kuzma, Hart, 2 firsts, and 2 pick swaps. So much for caving to pressure…

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:16 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          they also included Hart,
          Start negotiating and see where you end up, John.
          Ingram, Hart, and Pick will be the deal.

        • Legend44

          Legend44 7:30 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agree, Michael H. And in a year we might rather have Ingram or Kuzma over Leonard straight up.

          • p ang

            p ang 7:38 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            in a year Lakers can have all. why pick?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:40 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink

              See Paul George…

            • p ang

              p ang 8:23 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink

              PG was coming to the Lakers because he might help them to get to the playoffs. When LBJ came it was to help them get to the Finals. Different goals. He got cold feet. KL is a totally different animal.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 5:47 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    You maybe right Tom 

    Chris Haynes
    Chris Haynes
    @ChrisBHaynes
    Free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell ESPN.

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:13 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    The 35 million dollar question 

    Aloha,

    If you read any of the hysterical writers out there you would believe that if the Lakers do not sign Kawhi they won’t get Lebron. While most reports from around the NBA still feel that Lebron will sign with the Lakers. So the question is what do the Lakers know? Did Lebron’s agent slip some information in one of their daily chats “about KCP?” It is odd that the Lakers suddenly backed away from negotiations with the Spurs. If Magic didn’t know something wouldn’t they still be talking?

    All along Magic and Rob talked adding to their core not dismantling it. I believe they are trying to improve while keeping an eye on the future. And we don’t know what current players Lebron values on the roster. Again in their daily chats about KCP did Lebron’s agent let that slip as well? If we see the Lakers suddenly open aggressive trade talks with the Spurs then perhaps Kawhi is important to Lebron. If not then perhaps Lebron is okay with the Lakers plan that they accidentally let slip in their daily chats about KCP.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:17 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I could see a future where we suddenly had KCP, Nerlens Noel, Julius Randle, and Isaiah Thomas on 1-year short term contracts.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 1:22 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, but contrarily, if the Lakers can’t get real max money guys to commit, giving way above market deals to unKlutch Sports clients should be every Lakers fan worst nightmare. One Earv and Rob need to put their foot down on. No Lebron is better than the wasteland of awful contracts the Cavs will take years to shed.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:29 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m only talking about short-term deals and only reason to do it with Kutch Sports clients is to get a better deal or sure thing because of LeBron. Not going to go down the Cavs path of LeBron as GM. He can help recruit but Magic and Rob make the decisions. Not LeBron.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 1:47 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I get what you’re saying, but historically, you sign LBJ, you take all the nonsense that come with him. In that case, I’d pass.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:50 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              You’re so full of s**t right now. Lol.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 1:51 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              If contingent to signing him, you have to give Nerlens and KCP the same deals he got JR and Tristan, you still say yes?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:55 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              Of course not. The Cavs were pussies. The Lakers aren’t the Cavs.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:56 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              We’re lucky they f****d up. Usually the NBA would interfere to make sure he stays. Lol.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:58 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              For Noel for a bridge? Small sacrifice but yup.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 2:02 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              Stop strawmanning me -- Lebron says “I’m coming, but you gotta break bread for my boyz Nerlens and KFC. I’m thinking 4/80 for NN, and 3/54 for K. You do that, and I’m yours.” This is what he’s traditionally done to take care of his Akron crew. This is what Riles wouldn’t do, and he lost a prime Lebron. It’s what Gilbert’s sick of now.. Hell, dude got Bledsoe a max contract just for an outside promise of looking the the Suns next time he’s a FA.

              If this is the cost, they need to pass.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:16 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              Man, you’d give back the winning Lottery Ticket to the Powerball Company because you wouldn’t want the Tax?

              GTFO, friend. Lol.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 2:26 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              This ain’t the powerball. This more like a million dollar scratcher and all your old cousins come out the woodwork looking to hold something.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:29 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              Would you say the same about Wilt or Shaq? Nope

              You don’t like the man. That is clear.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 2:40 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              I think he’s a little too old to give away the farm for. I really don’t like the collusion between him and Klutch. If he take a 1+1 again as expected and you’re stuck for 4 years with mediocre trash like Nerlens and KFC, I don’t think the juice is worth the squeeze. If he signs a 4 year with team control in the 4th season, then sure, we can break bread with your sorry homies.

            • mud

              mud 3:13 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink

              the Lakers might hire Kentucky Fried Chicken?

              or if it’s KCP, he is not trash, even though he’s no star.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:00 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Here you go Tom 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:16 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha and Thanks, Michael.

      Don’t see any way that Morey does not match, especially after losing Ariza, but I’m starting to love those luxury taxes. He’s not as good a match to play with Julius and it’s starting to look like Randle’s best option might be a one-year deal with Lakers. I wouldn’t insult him with the QO but would love to have him back and keep our options open. Could be win-win for Lakers and Julius. Benefits of being left at the alter. But man, I love Capella and going after RFA’s with money you’re planning to save for next season is a smart tactic I’ve proposed before.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:09 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers release Thomas Bryant 

    Shams Charania
    Shams Charania
    @ShamsCharania
    The Lakers have released forward Thomas Bryant

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:13 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wtf? Reading this blog I thought he was the next Dream??? smh lol

      • John M.

        John M. 1:14 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Guess Pelinka fell out of love with him.

        • John M.

          John M. 1:22 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          FO’s credibility just got bruised…

          Pelinka Says Thomas Bryant ‘Going To Be A Big Piece Of The Future’

          OLEG MOSEICHUK
          Lakers News: Rob Pelinka Calls Thomas Bryant ‘Intoxicating’ 3-Point Shooter Who Is ‘Going To Be A Big Piece Of The Future’

          1:32 PM -- Feb 26, 2018

          “In particular with Thomas Bryant, we all know the game is about shooting bigs. It was just stretch fours at one point, now you’ve got to have stretch fours and stretch fives, and Thomas Bryant is a seven-foot stretch five. Gunnar Peterson and our weight staff have done an unbelievable job just getting him locked in to being an ‘NBA strong’ player. His body fat went way down under 10 percent, he’s eating clean and you can just see the wiry, strong way he’s growing into his body.”

          “He’s just an unbelievable, almost intoxicating 3-point shooter from the top of the key. It’s almost automatic. As he grows into his body and the pace of the NBA game you can see Lonzo coming off that high ball screen, you can see Kuz in the space that Thomas Bryant will open up for our cutters and our slashers. We do feel like he’s going to be a big piece of the future and how we want to play, and how we want to build this.”

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:26 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:24 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow! Kept Zubac and cut Thomas. Guess there was a reason after all why he didn’t get any PT on the varsity squad.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:40 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I personally like Zubac better, but could this be pointing to signing Boogie and Lopez at the Room Exception? Could it be the Kawhi trade hypothetical? Could it simply be that they like Moe Wagner a lot better? Could it be ‘None of the Above’?

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:27 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess there can only be one great Bryant.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 1:41 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They had until the 5th to waive him. This might mean they anticipate something big happening before then. They need the cap space. As for Zubac he maybe part of a trade they have lined up. One other thing to keep in mind if this is not about a trade is while Bryant tore up the G league, when Zu went down last year he was even better and Bryant played behind him.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:00 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Good point. Michael. It resonates with the fact that it was Zu who got the opportunity and not Thomas when Brook was down.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 2:27 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I could see him fitting into what the Spurs like to do quite nicely.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:10 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Honestly I think a lot of the noise around TB was just a lure for teams to take him and Deng. When there’s that much hype and no Pt the smoke you’re seeing isn’t from any fire but a smoke machine. Wish him luck and he could be back.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:02 PM on June 28, 2018 Permalink  

    From my Econ 101 days 

    (the law of) diminishing returns
    phrase of diminish
    noun: law of diminishing returns
    1.
    used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.

    At what point does the cost for Kawhi become greater then the value he brings to the team? And do you even make this trade without a commitment from Lebron? He will be a free agent next year.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:57 PM on June 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In this case, I think the issue is more about leverage than a point of diminishing returns. I think we have more leverage and can cut a deal well below the point of diminishing returns or our bottom line deal.

      I think the leverage is starting to swing in our favor. I think LeBron is going to come regardless, which means the pressure on them to make a trade is not as great as it is becoming for the Spurs, who know the best player they’re going to be able to get is Brandon Ingram.

      The rest is just trying to get as much more as they can but they need to make this deal because what they’re going to be able to get is going to drop rapidly and won’t include any Ingrams. I’m hoping we can keep both Kuzma and Hart.

      Maybe give up Ingram and Wagner, Zubac, or Thomas, plus our 2019 and 2021 first rounders.
      Maybe include Randle in a sign-and-trade if we had more time.

      I don’t see us saying no to including Hart unless we’re sure the Spurs will accept because they have no choice.

    • p ang

      p ang 2:38 PM on June 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers get Kawhi in exchange for Ingram + pick then to heck with LBJ, bring in Boogie then you get a contender.

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