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  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:41 AM on October 31, 2016 Permalink  

    Meeting Expectations 

    Aloha

    So far I’m seeing what I expected to see. With a new coach, a new system, half the roster is new and half is young it was not the formula for a fast start. But what I have liked is the 48 minutes of sustained effort.

    The young guys have all improved. All the talk was how Randle needed to develop a jumper. Which is still true but he has been so efficient finishing at the rim that like James said in the post game, he hadn’t needed it yet.

    The biggest issue is defense. Rarely does a young player come into the league as a good defender. It takes longer to develop that. The kids are all putting in the effort. The on ball defense has improved across the board and the switches have been better but weak side rotations are still as bad as last year. At some point you just have to learn to give up the jump shot and stop the dunk.

    As for the vets, Mosgov has been good. He has done a real good job of protecting the paint unfortunately as mentioned no one has had his back. I’ve liked Nicks defensive energy. He has been guarding superstars but he has at least made them work for it. My only concern is his shot isn’t falling. And I wonder if he can expend that kind of energy on defense without it effecting his offense. Some guys can’t, at least at his age. Deng has not been good yet. I know in preseason he was dinged and didn’t get much work in so I hope it’s just matter of shaking off the rust. I’ve liked what I have seen from Lou. I think he has looked to make more plays for other in 3 games then he did all last year. I have liked it when Lou and Clarkson were paired with the 2nd unit. I think with Ingrams ball handling ability it is a nice group.

    I think we will stumble a lot the first half of the year. Hopefully by the 2nd half the guys will understand the system better. While we don’t have a closer yet, not many teams have closers as good as Westbrook so we will begin to win a few of these close games.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:41 PM on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We just don’t have a whole lotta overall team speed and there are few schemes to overcome that on the defensive end. Mozgov might be a good rim protector but when the perimeter defense leaks like a sieve he gets put into bad situations. Points in the paint have killed us the last 2 games. probably would have in the HOU game too but..ya know..Dantoni.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:02 PM on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael. I also love how we have competed so far. Randle had a great game I still think the key to our success this year is D’Angelo Russell, who has had two very subpar shooting performances. Had he shot well, I think we could have won both of those games. We need DAR to perform at a high level every game in order to win. In fact, the issue is we need everybody to come through to win. Looking for D’Angelo to bounce back the next two nights.

      • humanomaly 8:55 AM on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think DAR, being as young as he is, has a very emotional based personality. He acts confident and cocky, but I sense that he is not like Magic Johnson was as a 19 year old. Though they were both taken second in the draft, I don’t think that either has/had a need to disprove anything. People keep attacking DAR. His name came up in trade talks many times since being drafted. I think people should stop knocking our team, and look at their skills and potential ( Yes, I know a scary word to use ), and be patient and support them. Same with all the young players, … “The Breakfast Club”…I’ll give Mitch and management credit for making one correct move, and that was to release Anthony Brown. If he had made the team and Julian Jacobs had not that would have been a bad move. The team is loaded with point guards, or 1/2’s, especially carrying both Huertas and Calderon.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:33 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink  

    On summer predictions 

    Aloha

    The Lakers have not received a lot of love in the predictions so far. But I always thought it’s a bit silly to predict before training camps open. They are all based on known commodities. It’s easy to predict that the Warriors, Cav’s and Spurs are going to be 3 of the top teams. It’s much harder with a team like the Lakers with 8 guys in their 3rd season or less. Especially when at least 5 or 6 of those guys are going to starters or significant rotation players.

    With young players you just don’t know. Especially since last years squad was built around Kobe, it’s harder to get a read. Russell obviously improved but will he take a step forward or a leap forward. Kobe took his leap in his 3rd year. Clarkson showed steady improvement his first 2 years. How will he look in his 3rd? Same goes with Randle and Nance. You just can’t predict. And then there is Ingram. What kind of impact can he have as a rookie. That’s something one can never predict.

    Even the vets isn’t cut and dry. You know what you will get from Deng and Williams but will Mozgov return to pre injury form? Yi was one of the best non Americans in the Olympics. Will that carry over to this year? Personally I don’t think you can predict this year at all for this team. I mean I wouldn’t be surprised if they only won 25 but I wouldn’t be surprised if they flirted with the 8th seed. It’s just too hard to call.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 2:31 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can’t really compare Russ to Kobe in years. Russ played almost double the minutes that Kobe was allowed in his first year.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:17 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael. I always find it funny how so many bloggers are almost afraid to make predictions about this team for the coming season despite all the reason to be optimistic or jump all over any writer or blogger who does. Well, hell with that. What’s the use of being a fan if you can’t dream? Hiring Luke, a great summer league, and Ingram and Zubac changed that.

      This is not your grandfather’s or father’s team or even the terrible teams we rooted for the last three years. I think we will see a completely different and exciting approach to the game and style of play this season. For once, the entire franchise is going to be on the same page: front office, coaches, and players. The Lakers have finally moved into the modern era.

      We may not have enough to make the playoffs but I am confident we will at least double our 17 win total from last year and establish ourselves as a hot up-and-coming team with superior young talent along with Minnesota, Philadelphia, Boston, and Utah. Next summer will be a different scenario. for the Lakers, who will finally attract interest from elite free agents.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:26 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Imma hoping LT! Gotta “Show-Me” state Missouri. Who are the elite Freebies next year?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:30 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You watch the Yankee’s today, DJ? We’re going to see a similar level of excitement with our young Lakers this season. Drop the pressure and high expectations and let the kids play free without worrying about getting yanked and yelled at and everything gets easier. That’s what’s happened with the Yankees and what’s going to happen with the Lakers.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 4:48 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Would B great! I kinda understand, but signing Dang and Mozzy will surely slow progress of Zubac and Ingram? It’s minutes they won’t get. Kinda like last season, Kobe taking minutes from the kids, but he was/is Kobe, not Mozzy or Dang.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:19 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink

              I think you need to win to create a winning culture and that’s hard to do with just kids. Ideally, the kids will develop quickly and push Mozgov and Deng for starting positions. I would love to see Ingram and Zubac play their way into the starting lineup by the All-star break.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 5:47 PM on September 4, 2016 Permalink

              That’d be good.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:33 PM on September 5, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it’s quite predictable actually. The only thing that isn’t is which teams get hit with the injury bug. Sure, D-lo could turn into Lillard and Randle might be a lot better than a lot of people think, but the emphasis this season will be growth and continuity and the majority of our rotation players are still in diapers. Talking about it is another thing. It’s mostly a boring wasted exercise.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 5:58 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink  

    Let’s not get crazy 

    Russell Westbrook is a great player and I hope he wants to come home and lead his child hood team next year. But to trade the future away for him would be the worst thing the Lakers could do. Barring serious injury the Warriors will rule the league for the next several years. The Spurs won’t beat them, the Clippees won’t beat them and the Cavs with Lebron and Kyrie won’t beat them.

    The reason the Warriors are in this position is because curry plays for peanuts and everyone one else is playing on suddenly cheap contracts for several more years. If we traded for Westbrook it would be very hard to add enough talent to overcome the Dubs or even the Spurs within the current bloated contract environment. Think about it, Barnes is getting 23 mil and Mosgov 16. Think about that.

    Russell Westbrook turns 28 in November. When you consider his game, how much prime does he have left? Tracy Mcgradys decline started at 29 and Vince Carter at 31. We have a chance to field a team in a few years with the next wave of stars. The T Wolves will be there to but we will have the advantage with free agents.

    If Russell doesn’t come next year with growth from our young players we could be in the running for Cousins and Paul George in 2018. Or one of them if Russell comes. In 5 years does anyone really want to see Ingram and Deangelo leading a championship push for OKC while Westbrook comes off the bench for some contender like Vince Carter? Keep the kids. Build something that will last.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:00 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Like everyone else on the planet, no one on here can prove a negative.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:13 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t think we should make the trade either but in the other hand…you gotta be in it to win it. Nobody gave the Cavs much of a chance against the Dubs either. Long road…

    • LakerKev

      LakerKev 6:13 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree it’s better to wait until next Summer for all the reasons you mention, Michael. Of the kids, the only one I’d give up his Clarkson.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 6:34 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha Lakerkev

        This year is shot. There is really nobody left that we could sign to add with Westbrook to make much of a difference. And then looking at next. Curry isn’t coming. After him Blake, CP3, Hayward, Lowery, Gallerani and Milsap are the top guys. Even if we were to sign two of them, assuming Westbrook stays, I can’t see how we challange the Dubs or the Spurs. I just think we develop the kids and wait our turn. They are a good group with a lot of upside.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:36 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So we just roll over and die for the next couple of years? No, I’d trade D’Angelo and whatever else gets the deal done. This is how the Lakers get better. You let another team roll the dice, you move up to the high stakes tables instead of the casino floor.

      That’s just me spit balling and all, of course.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 3:08 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink  

    This is crazy 

    Does anyone other then Ryan Andersons mother think he is worth 20 mil a year for the next 4 years?

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 11:59 AM on July 2, 2016 Permalink  

    Rolling the dice 

    I think it’s pretty clear that the Lakers have embraced their youth movement. Mitch said before free agency that he want to add a couple of vets. And he has with two hard working players that can be good examples for the kids.

    But they are rolling the dice on these signings. They are betting that Moscov can return to the form of a year ago before the injuries. If he had played at that level last year I don’t think anyone would have questioned the signing.

    As for Deng I have always liked him. And so has Mitch. The Lakers are betting that he can continue to play at the level he has been playing at. With the money being tossed around I have no problem with the salaries. It’s more the years that is a concern. But it is rumored that Mosgov has a team option in year 4. I’m hoping it’s the same for Deng.

    There is rumors that the Lakers still like Ryan Anderson but Deng can also play as a stretch four so I’m hoping they don’t sign Anderson. He’s a one trick pony that wasn’t great at his one trick last year. If Jarett Jack is healthy I wouldn’t mind adding him as a back up PG he’s great leader and locker room guy. if not I’m okay with bringing Marcello back. I also want to see Black back. Maybe even Jabari Brown. He’s playing on the summer league team. I like his determination.

    I’m going to enjoy watching the kids play this year. That’s what it’s been about all along. And The FO has finally admitted it.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:05 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually forgot about Jarrett Jack. He would be an excellent back up point guard for us.
      I also wouldn’t mind signing Ryan Anderson. We were last in the league in 3-point shooting.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:12 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      By signing Deng to start over Ingram? C’mon guys….this is plan B, at best.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be rooting and watching starting next weekend with Summer League. But this is just embracing of the same kick-the-can until super star X rides in and saves us all! This is not an embracing of anyone thing, it’s a chaotic jumble of players who don’t really compliment each other all that well.

      Who spaces the floor? Are we going to run an up-tempo offense? Our priciest players are all pretty old, nearing the twilight years for their respective positions. Small ball, tall ball…no clear answers. So we’ll see how it all shakes out in SL, camp, and beyond. For now…

      https://youtu.be/7HTcet_BgYM

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 12:36 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha Jamie

        I would have been fine last year if Russell had started the year coming off the bench. He clearly wasn’t ready to start. My problem was that Byron waited until Russell was starting to really improve then he benched him.

        I don’t think Deng is coming here to start for the next four years. Kobe played behind Eddie Jones for two years. I will guarantee that Ingram gets 27 to 30 minutes a game. And Ingram will learn so much from Deng. You will see Deng some at the 4 and Randle or Nance will be getting minutes as a small ball 5. Personally I think that will be Randle. He’s strong enough to hold his position against bigger players. If Deng holds up health wise I think it will work out fine.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:50 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not trying to convince anyone to be miserable with me. I just don’t think these moves are:

          A) Smart.
          B) Move the team forward in a meaningful way
          C) Make us more of a destination for free agents in the future.

          Hilarious to me that one coach can deploy the same tactic and get praised while the other is critiqued. Just too funny.

          I don’t remember D’Angelo playing well for more than a game or three stretch last season…maybe I’m remembering wrong but it seemed like he’d follow a good game with a series of clunkers. Little D better show me something in Summer League that shows he’s serious. Not expecting much, honestly.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:13 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            But, and here’s the big but, Mozgov and Deng might have been the best they could have gotten for the money they were willing to spend.

            Would I have prefered that they outbid Atlanta and Orlando and we got Bazemore and Biyombo for $22 million each per year instead of $17 million per year each? Neither signed a max deal so we probably could have gotten both if we want to for an extra $10 million per year.

            It all depends on what we do with the remaining $24 million. Maybe Mozgov, Deng, and Ryan Anderson would be better than Bazemore and Biyombo.

            That’s the only question I have in my mind.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:02 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink

              If the problem is that they’re not willing to spend money on improving the team than they’re not very good at their jobs, which has been empirically proven over the last 5 years.

              Defend these moves all you want, for me they’re garbage. All of these would have been better moves in a couple more days, there is talent that equates to what Mozgov and Deng bring in still un-signed right now. These are not irrpelacable skill sets they’re bringing in, these are things that Brandon Bass, Harkliss, heck Jordan Hill bring to the table.

              Might cancel my TV subscription and go straight radio for a couple of seasons…no need to over pay for garbage.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:40 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This is more like plan D.
        I loved Deng when he was younger, but now he’s in the time of his career when his body is going to start breaking down.
        Mozgov is a body that can set screens, but has already shown signs of breaking down. With the crazy money being thrown out, it would have been nicer to get guys on the other side of 30, but nobody had confidence in our Franchise anymore.
        Nobody like Wesebrook is coming next summer either to play with Mozgov and Deng.
        Our only hope is that both of our aging vets have career years and can be moved for younger talent.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:47 PM on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Matt, the FO taking heat is scrupulous ill-logic.

          The future greatness of the Lakers is squarely on the Squirts shoulders.

          Randle, Russell, Ingram and Clarkson have to prove, they’re worth playing with.

          Do they understand that challenge? Will they meet these expectations?

          #Meetthechallenge

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:25 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink  

    Rebuilding 

    I think the Clarkson and Mosgov signings represent the FO finally admitting to where the Lakers are as a franchise. We are in the middle of rebuild with a solid core of young players with a lot of upside. I mean we have 3 players on the Olympic select team.

    Unfortunately that doesn’t hold a lot of appeal for top free agents wanting win next year. The Lakers could have waited for an offer sheet on Clarkson under the Arenas rule and that would have given them more spending power this year and next. But the flip side is it gives the Lakers 10 mil a year more or so in the last two years when they may actually have a shot at a top free agent. It also is a more tradable contract.

    As for Mozgov that contract would be like 11 mil under the old cap. If Mosgov hadn’t been hurt last year and put up the kind of production he had been prior to last year I don’t think anyone would have questioned the signing. It’s easy to forget that the Cavs gave up 2 first round picks for him and it helped turn their season around. Only time will tell if they over paid. But I’m sure they researched his market value. Brian Shaw coached him and I think they are betting that he will be healthy and will returned to form.

    As for who else we sign I’m not sure. Batum signed for 24 mil a year and sure I’m Chandler will get the same. But should a rebuilding team sink that kind of money into a guy that plays the same position as your prized rookie? We still need help at the 3 but I think we we will look at cheaper alternatives. At this point I think it’s all about the kids and the Lakers will become relevant again once the kids are ready.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 10:27 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Really Moz? How long for how much?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:36 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent post, Michael. I think the front office had feelers out and knew who would and would not be interested in joining the Lakers. I like the deal for Clarkson and Mosgov, if healthy, should be a big upgrade over Hibbert. He is an excellent screen setter and PNR finisher, which are key needs for the offense Luke wants to run. I also like that he is a 70% career free throw shooter. Hopefully, he will bounce back from a subpar year due to injury and role.

      I think the signing also reflects the team’s desire to be able to play different styles, especially in the playoffs. The lack of size once Bogut was injured and Ezili disappeared was a major problem for the Warriors. Bottom line, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope we can add a wing like Bazemore or Parsons or other pieces to strengthen the roster. Not what I was hoping for but maybe we still can sign another key player or two. Would love Bazemore.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 10:40 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Is what we is. Don’t mind my cryin!

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 11:50 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks Tom,

        I would like Bazemore better then Parsons. At around 25 mil that would be a lot of money for a rebuilding team. Bazemore more can play the 2 and 3 and will be cheaper.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 11:57 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The same reason we had to settle for Mozgov is the same reason that makes it unlikely we land either of those guys. If we’re gonna be realistic then we gotta see it all the way thru.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 12:46 PM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            By that merit, MS, the language of the FO is foreign from there previous message:

            “We don’t have …. the time to methodically and slowly build through the draft,” said Mitch Kupchak.

    • John M.

      John M. 11:00 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Who wants to bet Nick thinks he’s taking Kobe’s place?

    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:01 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well written, Michael H. Succinct, common sensical, and reality based. Perhaps Lakers fans who had all the visions of grandeur will wake up and become more accepting of the situation which is moving forward. As Mr. Tate suggested, this is called long term vision or a decade plan. That is what I want to see as a fan. It isn’t our time and I hope that everyone can see that it won’t be for awhile. Just kick back, relax and enjoy the show. The front office knows a lot better what it is doing than we do and as I have suggested all along, the roster will look nothing like bloggers hoped it would look. That’s not a bad thing; it’s a reality and it is certainly one that I am comfortable with.

      Hypotheitcally if Black is retained at 1.1 mil and Zubac makes the team, that’s only 18 mil tied up at the center position, or 19.1% of the cap. That’s 20% at one position, or 3 of the 15 roster positions, also 20%. With the new cap and another bump next year, that’s economically money well spent, not to mention the contracts that will have trade value now. That is how you build a team, so let’s dispense with the “right now!” attitude and go along for a nice ride.

      • John M.

        John M. 11:11 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed. I think Luke will do a great job building a young team that’s fun to watch. That’s the only goal that’s realistic at this point.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 11:28 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Completely agree Mr keen

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 11:32 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Will say that if Luke gets us in the PO’s this year, we might be, then, in a position to grab some Super Freebies next summer.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 11:33 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Deej won’t let go. Think more like Utah’s progress or Minny’s. Forget the playoffs.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 12:21 PM on July 1, 2016 Permalink

              : (

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:09 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink  

    Good news 

    This is good news. I like this better then the whole balloon payment in the back end if someone had signed him to an offer shee under the Arenas rule.

    Chris Martin Palmer
    Chris Martin Palmer – Verified account ‏@ChrisPalmerNBA

    Jordan Clarkson’s new 4-year/$50M deal with the Lakers makes him one of the NBA’s best bargains.
    1:01 AM – 1 Jul 2016
    59 RETWEETS51 LIKES

     
    • tate793

      tate793 1:12 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That IS good news!

    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 2:21 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From a team perspective, it is very good news!

      From a player perspective…if I were JC, I’m not too sure I would be happy being paid less annually than Mozgov.

      Time to get some 3/4/5s who can rotate and switch and pop some 3s. Some more glass cleaning would be helpful too.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:22 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      JC was never leaving. But alot depends on how the deal is structured. If it’s a standard contract then it cuts into our supposed 2 max contract slots next summer. If it’s structured like an Arenas deal then the cut is about half.

      But it’s beginning to look like it’ll be difficult to have those 2 slots a year from now.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:21 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s also a very movable contract should a disgruntled star become available down the road. #patience

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 9:35 AM on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the FO understands where we are at in our rebuild. The Arenas rule could have given us more spending power this year and next. But I think the Lakers understand that they won’t land any max players into the kids are further along. So this deal with its home team discount gives us 10 mil more to spend in years 3 and 4 when we may have a real chance at a max free agent.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 7:08 PM on June 30, 2016 Permalink  

    Just Wondering 

    I am just wondering who the Lakers are actually interested in. According to reports there are about 67 guys we are chasing. We all know how tight lipped Mitch is. I’m guessing a lot of the reports are pure speculation based on having a ton of cap space. Some of the names don’t even make sense for the Lakers. And then there is always the agents. “And and the Lakers , ya Lakers that’s the ticket.” I wonder how many of those guys have actually talked with Mitch.

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:16 PM on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is the time when agents, players, and front office set the stage for the negotiations to come. Agents and players are trying to up the contract offer, so name dropping a team like the Lakers with loads of cap space is definitely one way to negotiate with their own teams. The more a player is valued by multiple teams, the better leverage they have. Front office on the other hand want to show their interest in multiple players for the same reason. They want to show they have multiple alternatives. At this point in time, everything you hear could be a possible misdirection. Just sit tight and pretty soon a clearer picture will start to emerge. In the mean time, we can continue to bicker on what the front office should or shouldn’t be doing. Fun times in free agency :)

    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:18 PM on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wonder that, too. Pacifying fans by publicly being optimistic about landing star FAs is one thing, but the more realistic Plan B is another. I do not believe it will be a pure punt situation like previous years, but a hybrid plan to make sure we have two max slots next summer.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:19 PM on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In this market the bigger question is who is actually interested in us.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 7:42 PM on June 28, 2016 Permalink  

    I have always liked Jarret Jack He is… 

    I have always liked Jarret Jack. He is a great guy and a great leader. If he’s healthy I think he would be the perfect guard to add and bring off the bench. He was the leader on the Warriors and the Nets. He would be a great role model for the kids.

    Nets Looking to Move Jack by Thursday
    Tuesday, June 28
    According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Nets would like to deal Jack in order to clear his salary off the books. However, Wojnarowski added that if Brooklyn can’t find a trade partner, it will waive Jack instead.

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:17 PM on June 26, 2016 Permalink  

    At least we will know quickly 

    Ethan J. Skolnick
    Ethan J. Skolnick – Verified account ‏@EthanJSkolnick

    Whiteside says he hopes his situation is resolved on July 1, and that it’s an easy decision
    12:52 PM – 26 Jun 2016

     
    • John M.

      John M. 1:25 PM on June 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s staying in Miami.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:27 PM on June 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The big concern is that knowing quickly could mean staying with the Heat or in the case of Horford, staying with the Hawks. I think Hassan wants to leave Miami and will listen to the Lakers offer. Miami cannot really pay him more and I doubt whether the state tax will be a major factor. It’s the kind of thing that could swing a player toward one team in a close competition but I think Whiteside will be attracted by the Lakers legacy of great centers.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:59 PM on June 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We want The Biz!!!

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 9:33 PM on June 23, 2016 Permalink  

    Good for Mitch 

    Jonathan Givony
    Jonathan Givony – ‏@DraftExpress

    Only reason Ivica Zubac dropped to the 2nd round is he was insisting in coming to the NBA straight away. Turned down multiple stash offers.

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:56 AM on June 22, 2016 Permalink  

    Good year to have a high 2nd round pick 

    Aloha

    While the lottery portion of draft is considered weaker the back end of the 1st and the 2nd round are considered stronger then usual. And the mock drafts seem to bear this out. I’ve seen swings up to 20 spots for a guy. And with a few teams with multiple picks topped by Boston with 8 there will be trades. It will be crazy and I’m looking forward to watching. As for the Lakers, unless there is a guy sitting at 32 that they just can’t believe is available I expect we select a big. And man, there at 7 or 8 bigs with upside that could slip into the 2nd round. Yesterday I saw Thon Maker at 27 on one Mock and 34 on another. Zhou Qi is listed in both the 1st and 2n rounds as well as Diamond Stone. I wouldn’t mind any of them.

    Who do you all like for that 2nd round pick?

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:58 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink  

    A little on Cousins 

    The Grant Napear Kings broadcasters opinion

    NBA Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins trade out of Sacramento should happen due to big man’s bad attitude says Kings’ announcer

    Justin Gloria – March 15, 2016
    NBA Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins trade out of Sacramento should happen due to big man’s bad attitude says Kings’ announcer

    DeMarcus Cousins’ stint with the Sacramento Kings could really be over by the end of the 2015-2016 NBA Season after a respected local broadcast team member, Grant Napear burned the big man for his bad attitude on the latter’s radio show speculating new NBA rumors that Cousins will be out of Sacramento soon.

    “I said two years ago that enough was enough, I said it last year that enough was enough, and I’m [going to] say it again, alright? It’s just absolutely disgraceful that a 25-year-old professional athlete has no respect for authority at all. He has ZERO respect for authority,” Napear said in his radio show and a just a part of long rant against the Kings’ franchise player, who has already been involved in lots of NBA rumors since joining the team.

    “The Kings are [going to] have another bad season this year, and in my opinion, [Cousins] is largely responsible for it. He’s largely responsible for it because his teammates just flat out get sick of it,” Napear added.

    “[Cousins’ Kings teammates] don’t want to deal with it. He sucks the air out of the locker room. Disrespectful to your superiors, disrespectful to authoritative figures, it’s flat-out wrong.”

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    Napear is well-respected in the Sacramento community as a broadcaster covering Kings’ games since 1988.

    The speculation is that being a member of the Kings’ broadcast team, Napear’s thoughts is the same as that of the Kings’ management although there is no chance that the Sacramento brass will confirm that or the NBA rumors that they will be shopping Cousins in the offseason.

    Napear mentioned many times in his rant that his thoughts about Cousins is his own opinion and not that of the Kings.

    Cousins was recently suspended by the Kings after another controversial confrontation with own head coach George Karl.

    With Cousins leading the way, the Kings have again struggled this season and has 25 wins against 40 losses so far this year, 11th place in the Western Conference.

    Cousins was involved in a lot of NBA rumors leading up to this season’s NBA trade deadline but the Kings decided not to trade him. Among the teams reportedly interested are the Boston Celtics but it’s likely that other teams will also target Cousins if he’s available for NBA trades after the season.

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:06 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So hypothetically if the Lakers make a deal like this, does it help or hurt our ability to attract free agents?

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:10 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think out FO would have to contact the agents of the top FAs to find out if they would like to play with Cousins or not. They might already know that answer.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 11:16 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Can’t do that until July 1st (supposedly, but who knows what really goes on), so when does a deal like this get done from a timing standpoint?

          • mclyne32 (Director) 11:43 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Since it’s a trade, can’t it officially go down the day of the draft?

            • keen observer

              keen observer 1:00 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink

              I believe they can make it today if they want. I was unclear. This goes back to the question of whether Boogie would attract FAs or the exact opposite. If Mitch can’t talk to their GMs until July 1, then does he pull the trigger (very hypothetically, of course) on the assumption that he will attract FAs (or at all)?

            • mclyne32 (Director) 1:55 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink

              I don’t know if he would, but I wouldn’t.
              I would have to know for sure that other FAs would want to play with Boogie before I traded for him.
              I assume there are a lot of conversations that go on behind closed doors regarding player movement.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:40 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink

              I would tend to agree with that speculation, but I also think that Mitch Kupchak plays by the rules. Fortunately, Mitch has the patience of Job.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:12 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As talented as Cousins is, I would probably pass on trading the #2 pick and Randle for him. Too much change that the move could backfire and set us back. Smarter to stick with what we have. I would trade Randle for WCS but I think trading the #2 pick would be stupid. We might be trading a future superstar. #2 picks like Russell and Simmons or Ingram are just too valuable to give up in today’s NBA.

      The issue for me is how your superstar impacts the team’s chemistry and culture. Yes, we need a superstar but we’ve already seen with Dwight what can happen when you have the wrong superstar, which is probably a big part, along with ownership, of why Sacramento is such a poor team. I think it’s very difficult to build great chemistry and synergy when your superstar is not a team leader. We need to be looking at players who be positive influences in the locker room, not distractions or trouble makers.

      There’s always been a thin line between superstars with that edge you need like Draymond Green and guys with talent who always seem to be in the middle of some controversy involving authority. Look what happened to the Warriors for several games after Green’s egregious foul on Steven Adams. Make no mistake, team chemistry is critically important and I don’t see Boogie fitting in with what we are trying to build with Luke and our young guns. Also, I am confident that the Lakers will be able to sign either Whiteside or Biyombo. Stay the course should be our approach.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:09 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Oh I could definitely see a fit with what you perceive that Luke wants to do with our “young guns.” I find it interesting that you’d trade Randle for WCS though. Is he your Bogut on what you perceive to be Luke Walton’s vision or something else? I do probably lean toward staying the course over this deal, but it gives pause because we would be one star free agent signing from being a playoff team and when you do the math: Boogie = 16.8; Randle 3.3 + #2 pick 4.3, there’s only a 9 mil difference, so the Lakers would still have enough pocket change to pursue a mid-tier max FA and a lower tier max FA (Whiteside, Biyombo) if they made a deal like that. It’s certainly a tough call. If Boogie wasn’t Sheed, it would be an easy call (but then again, he’d be untouchable if he wasn’t Sheed).

    • John M.

      John M. 2:37 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Only way I’d trade for Cousins is if he came cheap. If a team is weary of a talent like that, buyer beware.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 2:39 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Napear mentioned many times in his rant that his thoughts about Cousins is his own opinion and not that of the Kings.”

      Nuff said. Not to mention that this article was from way back in March, long b4 they made their coaching change.

    • yellofever

      yellofever 3:44 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      how many years left in his contract.. I can see them accepting less assets in return now. no way he resigns in that shiathole cow town

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 11:52 AM on May 23, 2016 Permalink  

    Fun again 

    Let’s make the Lakers fun again
    By Daman Rangoola  @damanr on May 21, 2016, 12:10p 306

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    A new coach, fun players, and future flexibility has me excited for the future.

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    I have always rejected the “title or bust” narrative that many fanbases carry, and I find that the Lakers fanbase can generally be the worst offender. This isn’t to lower expectations of a historically great franchise, the organization operating under this notion is acceptable. What fans lose, however, is the enjoyment of the journey.

    My favorite year to watch the Lakers play might have been the 2007-2008 NBA season. Watching the team develop from the Great Breakup of 2004 to where they got in the 2008 season was so d**n fun. Fun. Remember that? It’s so easy to forget that at the end of the day we’re all watching these games to entertain ourselves, and it’s easy to have forgotten that after watching this Lakers team “play basketball” for the last two years.

    So, heading into this season, let’s just have some d**n fun. Luke Walton is the head coach! Yes, he will make some mistakes and there will be definite growing pains. Who cares, he’s a huge upgrade over his predecessor, let’s have fun!

    Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? Who cares, either will be fun!

    What if the Lakers strike out in free agency again? Who cares, the core is fun!

    Will the Lakers win 30-40 games? Less? More? Who cares, let’s have fun!

    To me, this is the fan’s sweet spot. It’s easy to say that a team like the Raptors should be happy making the Conference Finals, and they should be – but there’s still a hint of disappointment because that’s not a fun ceiling to have. This season for the Lakers is all about growth, all about having fun, all about the young guys learning how to play and be professionals.

    That’s not to say there are zero expectations for this season. I expect a modern, fun, free-flowing offense to be put in place with Luke Walton and his staff to hold players accountable defensively. I expect to see D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle to show signs of growth next season both physically and mentally. I expect the team to show competitive spirit almost every night, not letting bad plays or losses discourage them too much. I expect the front office to maintain cap flexibility if they can’t secure a legitimate star and not just use cap space for the sake of using cap space.

    More importantly, I expect the Lakers to earn back some d**n respek on their name. The negative narrative surrounding the Lakers rebuilding process over the past few years has been a frustrating double standard to bear. After swinging for the fences in back-to-back summers with the trades for Chris Paul and Dwight Howard/Steve Nash, it was clear that the Lakers would be entering into a traditional rebuild that many other teams are undergoing currently, so why the negativity? Surely the front office hasn’t been perfect – but three years into their rebuild Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have navigated a difficult situation and now have an exciting core roster, an exciting head coach, and a clean cap sheet.

    I don’t know when the Lakers will be contenders again. I don’t know who the next great Lakers superstar will be. I just know I’m going to have some d**n fun this season. So why don’t we all just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride?

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 12:00 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We can always hope. Seems like we may have some pieces, time will tell. Although, I’m not much into mediocre.

    • tate793

      tate793 12:24 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I guess some people don’t possess the competitive fire and will to win. Some people are fine, or ok, with losing. That goes against my grain. I’ve competed through high school, JC, Univ of CA systems and into semi pro/municipal leagues. Losing isn’t “ok”. Losing isn’t fun. Wouldn’t expect this guy (who’s website is entitled: “False Hypothesis”) to understand or appreciate that. Embracing the journey, enjoying the ride may be acceptable reward for someone who hasn’t invested a whole lot into the effort, but, for die hard long term fans -- more is certainly expected than the “enthusiast”.

      • AK27

        AK27 12:34 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You probably had an appreciable measure of control over the outcome wherever you competed, Tate…besides your talent, the harder/smarter you worked on/off the court, the better the odds of your teams’ success..being a fan, on the other hand, is a largely passive endeavor in that regard..

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:37 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael, and thanks for the trying to make a point that obviously is a hard one to swallow for most spoiled Lakers fans. Personally, I am looking forward to next season more than I have any Lakers season since we last won a championship back in 2010. I’m tired of watching the Raptors and Thunder and Cavs. Frankly, I’m even tired of watching the Warriors.

      What I want to see is a young. developing. and improving Lakers team playing the kind of basketball I love where the ball and players are in constant motion. We finally are on the right path to success and I want to enjoy the 82-game journey next year and watch our team grow and improve. I truly believe Luke will be the next great Lakers coach.

      It may take us another 3 to 5 years on top of the 5 years we have not won anything but that’s fine for me if the final product is a sustainable championship roster that plays the game the right way. Maybe we will make a trade or sign a free agent that changes this but if not, I am more than happy to root for a young improving team that will evolve into a championship squad.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:48 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        lol, the journey is made all the sweeter when sprinkled liberally with Ws. Nothing “spoiled” about that. Last season was no fun, amiright? Wasn’t fun watching dudes choose not to run plays, adapting to a superstar who didn’t practice, etc. So if it’s more of the same from last season, that will not be fun.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:51 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Spoiled is not being able to enjoy anything but a championship. Frankly, that is shortsighted. The point is that lots of things will be different next year for us to expect a better result. Luke replacing Byron will make a huge difference. A modern offense that is a better fit for our young talent will help. The kids growing and maturing will help. Adding a #2 pick and early second rounder will help. Whatever we get from free agency will be a huge improvement over last year. Bottom line, lots of reasons to be more optimistic next year.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:32 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            We’ll see, I always start optimistic but last year that got squished real quick. It’s on them to learn, can’t be blaming every coach we get on the sidelines, at some point it’s on the players. That time is now.

      • tate793

        tate793 12:56 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “What I want to see is a young. developing. and improving Lakers team playing the kind of basketball I love where the ball and players are in constant motion. We finally are on the right path to success and I want to enjoy the 82-game journey next year and watch our team grow and improve”

        Just what, Tom, do you think constitutes “…most spoiled Laker fans”? Wanting to see a “Laker team playing the kind of basketball I love” is one friggi’ fine place to start. If disdaining losing defines the spoiled Laker fan, then, count me in that number.

        I’ve seen enough reloads and rebuilds to know what it takes. The problem I have is when lesser minds muck it up with poor decisions and inaction. There’s nothing wrong with high expectations. If you are used to a fine, single malt scotch, and, your wife brings you two fingers of Ol’ Kentucky bourbon, you ain’t gonna be satisfied, or happy.

        Call us spoiled if you like, but, again, after being the bridesmaid for nearly a decade to Bill Russell’s ringers, I can’t get enough of par excellence from my Lakers. I am unabashedly, unequivocally, a Purple & Gold hemophiliac!

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 1:26 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          There is a process involved with every team that has to rebuild. I’m a long time 49er fan. When Bill Walsh took over the 1st year I believe they were like 2 and 12. The next year I believe the started playing more games. That year they finished 6 and 10. But I enjoyed watching. They were young and improving. They were still losing but they battled and they were fun to watch. The next year they won the super bowl. I don’t expect a championship in 2017 but I do expect respectability by then and an entertaining team. It’s a process that the Lakers haven’t had to go through. Kobe may have retired this year but let’s face because of all the injuries he hadn’t contributed much since the Achilles. It was enevirable that a rebuild was in order. They have pieces in place and over the next couple of years I will enjoy watching this team grow just like the 49ers back in the day.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:17 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, I feel like we’ve been treading so very much water trying to figure out the new CBA landscape and are only now just getting our heads above water.

          • tate793

            tate793 2:20 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Let’s really face it, and acknowledge since poor administrative decisions were made, Kobe’s last five years were futile. Because there was literally no help provided him, the burden of trying to do it on his own, and being the competitor that he is, his usage rate was so high. Contributions be damned. He showed a lot of candy @$$ fans, and players, what he was still capable of doing in his last game.

            You can enjoy watching mediocre to bad play all you like. I don’t. I’ll grin and bear it until it gets better. I’m certainly not going to hang my hat on a San Francisco based team and lend cursory applause to the Lakers.

            And, I don’t care who was on the sideline with that dumpster fire of a roster we had last year, results would not have been much different. So don’t go blowing smoke about Luke being so much better than Byron. I sick of that off color anthem.

            You and Tom probably spent too much time in Haight-Ashbury. I guess you haven’t figured out why they left the Cow Palace, yet. LOL.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 2:35 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink

              Correct U R Tatey, I don’t care for Mediocre, if I did I would be a Milwaukee Bucks fan.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:37 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink

              Some bad luck, some bad decisions. Perfect storm of ridiculousness. But the excuses, for me, have run out. Miniscule growth will not be “fun” to watch. It may not even be tolerable if it resembles last season’s on court product.

            • tate793

              tate793 2:59 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink

              Fact of the matter is, you don’t get 3 consecutive lottery picks, a 6th MOY, All NBA 1st Team Rookie, have a boatload of CAP space and not compete. Sounds like some people are trying to lay the foundation for an excuse. Like “another 5 years on top of the 5 years”. Can’t blame Kobe if no FA comes this way (actually I expect a decent FA haul).

            • tate793

              tate793 4:54 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink

              And the Laker franchise is echelons above any franchise in SF. From Roger Craig, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Dwight Clark to Ken Norton Jr, Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders. Joe and Jerry were class acts, as was Gene Washington (went to school with him at Long Beach Poly).

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:15 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The past doesn’t exist. All that exists is now. I’m not going to let what has happened bother me because it happened and nothing can be done about now. It’s like good shooter. He doesn’t worry about the misses because he thinks the next one is going in. If some folks want to worry and complain about things that can’t be changed that’s fine. I choose not to worry about the past. All it does is muck up things with negativity that nothing can be done about. I choose to get behind the young guys and root them on. And yes we will lose for awhile but we will get better. It’s a process that I’m okay with. That’s a winning attitude.

      • tate793

        tate793 4:18 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No, that’s a defeatist attitude. I’m not “worried” about the past. But, it would behoove the powers that be to learn from it, otherwise, they’d be going up “Fool’s Hill” just like some self-proclaimed fans. The “also-ran”s should just stay at home and let the big boys play. It’ like the leagues that mandate that everybody play regardless of how bad they are. My grandson’s team had what they alled a 5th Quarter, wherein the kids that weren’t good enough to get into the game could play. I don’t subscribe to that school of thought.

        Thinking “outside the box” can get you put outside the box and the lid closed. If things proceed along the lines you chart, Mr Jim Buss won’t be around after next year. There is no merit in cleaning up a pile of $#!t if you’re the one that shat it in the first place.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 4:34 PM on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You can look at the team anyway you want. I choose to be optimistic. We have some young prospects. It’s to early to tell if there is a star in the group but I’m pretty sure they will all be at least good players. And we will add one maybe two more. I like the offensive style Luke wants to run. It will take advantage of young legs. I like that B Scott will be there to lend a hand. I don’t expect a big star is coming on board for another year or two. This is rebuild after all. I’m going to enjoy watching the team grow. Not much you can say Mr Tate to turn me into a pessimist on this. Lol.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:48 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink  

    Fun to be a Laker fan again 

    I was thinking about what a difference a couple of months can make. We kept the pick which was huge and with Luke and B Shaw I think we will have the first coaching I staff can get behind since Phil left.

    I have listen to Mitch the last couple of years and the Lakers have stayed on point. Either land a big fish or stay bad. He talked repeatedly about not becoming mediocre and fighting for that 8th seed for the next decade. Now with the 2nd pick to add to a young core that Mitch and Luke believe in it should be a fun off season. Just a few thoughts on the next few months.

    Our 2nd pick is easy. Who ever is left. Simmons or Ingram. Ingram maybe the better fit but when you are rebuilding you add the best talent available and worry about fit later. I will be thrilled with either. It’s the 2nd round pick that’s interesting. We have done well the last two drafts and I’m hoping we can it again. I would look to add a center since we have none. There are a few guys that might be available in the 2nd. Zhou Qi from China stands out in a big way. You don’t see many mobile 7′ 2″ guys with a 7′ 8″ wing span that can also shoot the 3. He’s thin and he needs developing but my goodness he could really be something in a few years. Thon Maker is another guy who could slip to us. I had liked Zimmerman from UNLV but he must have had a great combine because he has moved up to around 20 on the mock draft boards.

    As for free agents Mitch made it clear that he will look for players that fit Luke’s system and the young core. KD would be great but he’s not coming. So I think center will be a huge priority. I think we will look at the younger guys. Horford is a great player but at 30 he’s not coming to a rebuild. I’ll take Biyambo, Ezeli or Whiteside. Just get one and I’ll be happy. The small forward slot will be interesting. Who ever our pick is will be considered the future. So do spend max money on guys like Batum, Chandler or Barnes? All are good players but I’m not sure you spend max money on a good player. I think Bazmore would be a good fit. He’s cheaper, still young, plays both sides of the ball and can play the two or three.

    As for the rest of the roster you need a few vets. I would like a true point guard for the bench since all our guards are combo guards. It’s a weak draft for point guards. Mitch tried once to get Brandon Jennings. While he’s not the same after the injury he still played well. He would be a nice piece off the bench. Ish Smith is a free agent and I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing Marcello back either. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Bass back at a reasonable price. It took him awhile but once he learned the center position he was pretty good. I might also take a look at Marvin Williams a combo forward and a real pro off the bench.

    As for trades I don’t think there will be any. Never say never but you can tell Mitch likes the kids so I don’t see him trading half of them and the pick for one guy. Besides stars rarely come on the market.

    Anyway I think it will be fun seeing what happen over the next few months.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:05 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael, and thanks for the wonderful positive post. It feels like the rain and wind have stopped, the clouds have cleared, and the sun is shining brightly on our beloved Lakers. There’s even a new lightness to the blog that we haven’t seen the last two years. Good luck and karma have finally returned. We’re on a hot streak that will continue through this summer.

      My first preference for the pick is actually Ben Simmons even though he isn’t the best fit for our current roster and I worry about his shooting stroke. The problem is he could be the next transcendent player, which is why you just don’t trade a top 2 pick. I would keep him and play him at point guard like Magic and surround him with 3-point shooters who also attack the rim.

      I also love your thoughts about Zhou Qi and Thon Maker. They are exactly the kind of players the Lakers should be looking at. Great length and skill sets for 7-footers. I’m hoping one of them will fall to us in the second round. Both are intriguing in that they are centers who can shoot, stretch 5’s if you will. Both are projects who could grow into solid backups at the 5.

      As for free agency, we have similar shopping lists. With Ingram our likely #2 pick, I agree the focus now should be on a young center like Whiteside, Ezili, or Biyombo but I wouldn’t pass up a small forward like Batum, Chandler, or Barnes. And you know I love Kent Bazemore, whom I would go after as our starting 2 with Clarkson moving to backup 1. Lots of great options.

      I also agree backup center and point guard are key needs to build a championship bench. It will be interesting to see whom we can land to fill those positions and how much cap space Mitch will devote to it. Marvin Williams would be great addition as a stretch 4. At the right price, I would even consider Jeremy Lin again. And I love Mo Speights play as the W’s backup center.

      Finally, I love the idea you brought up a week ago about trying to see if we could pry WCS away from the Kings. The idea of adding his length and defense to the Lakers starting lineup along with Brandon Ingram is exciting. I would be willing to trade Randle for WCS straight up. It would be even better if we could include Lou Williams for Marco Belinelli as part of that trade.

      Anyway, you’re right. It’s fun to be a Lakers fan again. And I think it’s only going to get better.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:15 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Bobby Marks ‏@BobbyMarks42
        Biyombo is a great example on why it’s tough cutting bait with players at the end of their rookie contract, especially a 23 year old.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 1:26 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes it will be fun. I would be really hesitant about trading any of the kids this year. Last year with the Kobe tour and an offense that revolved around him wasn’t the best indicator of what any of these guys can be. I want to see what they can do playing for Luke. As for trading Randle I want see him at least another year. His fire burns brighter then anyone else on the team. From a competitor stand point he’s the closest player to Kobe on the team. You can teach Defense and better shooting but You can’t teach that kind of desire. I would like to see him given the chance to develop. I’m mean how many 1st year guys average a double double in 28 minutes a game. And we saw his passing ability. He could become a real triple double threat.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:41 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, MIchael. I do agree that we need to see how each of our kids show up with Luke as coach and a more modern offense that better fits their game. I hope D’Angelo Russell will really bloom under Luke’s tutelage. Same with Julius and Jordan and Larry.

        With the cap going up 50% over the next two years, talented kids on rookie deals are going to become the key to having the cap space and roster talent to attract free agents. It’s not just the fans who are aware of the recent changes that have elevated the Lakers future hopes. You can bet our competition and every free agent out there is watching. We’re not at the point where we’ll have our pick of the litter again but I’ll bet we’re going to be a much hotter destination than expected the next two summers.

    • yellofever

      yellofever 1:54 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yes the tides are starting to turn or at least the outlook looks a lot brighter. even the buss naysayers have to admit

      even if the lakers don’t sign a big name FA this summer the lakers suddenly have become a lot more appealing and promising place to play so the probability is a lot higher than one month or year ago

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 3:23 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ll reserve judgment til I see how they actually play next season.

        • yellofever

          yellofever 3:32 PM on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yes fair enough. no one declaring they will be a lot better on the court yet but optimism meter moving up in last month alone

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