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  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:35 PM on January 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Kobe says relax 

    While I have been as frustrated as anyone by the recent losing, I also have been watching basketball long enough to remember that most teams go through rough patches in any given season. The Warriors had a 1 and 5 streatch with Curry out. And they still had Clay and KD. They were blown out several times while Curry was out. And were just not missing one guy. We are without our 2 leading scorers and our most important bench player. On the offensive end that means that things that are usually available for BI, Lonzo and Hart aren’t there right now and they are still trying to figure out what is there for them. It’s clear that none of the kids are ready to be closers but with a healthy squad they don’t need to be. I’m hoping Kuz can play tonight because he will open up things for others and defenses can’t just hang around the paint like the T Wolves did. Both Hart and BI were met by 2 or 3 guys every time they drove in the paint. Kuz will pull his guy out. I hope we come out with energy tonight. It’s easier to win if you are battling fatigue in the 4th then trying to come back from 20 down in the 1st half.

    Kobe Bryant

    @kobebryant
    Relax. Entire squad is d**n near out. Were playing pretty well before that #gethealthy #lakerfam

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:12 PM on January 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good points.
      I still would like to see some different sets run.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:15 PM on January 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. Easy for Kobe to say now that he’s retired. Back in the day, he would ripping guys new ones.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 10:59 AM on January 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Of course he would, but telling fans to relax is a whole different thing.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:18 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink  

    A.D 

    Aloha

    Lebron’s game last night was a great sales pitch for AD. I am sure that AD saw the possibilities that come with playing with Lebron. The problem is I don’t see us getting him in a trade. I would bet good money that the Pelicans will not trade him this year, no matter what. They will have money to spend this summer. They will try to upgrade their roster and see what happens. If they feel they will lose him then they may trade him, but to the lakers? I’m not so sure. Even if AD says he wants to come to LA he is so good that like PG and Kawhi someone will make an offer the Pels can live with. This is clear, like the Spurs, nobody will want help the Lakers.

    But after watching our kids last night, we are in very good shape. Just adding a quality free agent to this group elevates our chances, especially if KD leaves the Warriors even if he doesn’t come here. Lonzo and BI are on the verge of becoming one of the best defensive back courts in the NBA. I also liked us trying harder to exploit BI’s size advantage over smaller guards. When BI came into the league because of the physical similarities he was compared to KD. But he might turn out to be more like Pippin. 18 to 20 ppg and a lock down defender. kuz on the other hand is developing into a dangerous 2nd scoring option. If Lonzo can bring a efficient 15 ppg next year without a trade we can be a very dangerous team. Maybe in the end signing AD as a free agent could be the best outcome.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:53 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Excellent post. I’ve pretty much come to the same conclusion. If we want AD, we will have to get him via free agency in 2010. So, unless we can land KD, Kawhi, or Klay this summer, we kick the can to summer of 2020 to sign AD. And frankly, if we’re pretty sure by the trade deadline we’re not going to get one of those three and Rich Paul lets us know AD wants to play with LeBron, then it might even be smart to look at expanding our trade market to guys who have 2 years left, not just 1 year left. We might find some great opportunities to get a major update like a Chandler to help us go all in this year and next while waiting for AD. Of course, we know enough by next summer that we could harvest some of our young core then if we didn’t believe one of the kids wasn’t a great fit with LeBron. Basically, our goal is not to find a second superstar to play with LeBron but a top-five NBA player who could be his co-star and heir apparent.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:20 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very astute post MH, I tend to agree. Barring a team meltdown the Pelicans will be battling for a playoff spot all year, you don’t trade your superstar because you’re not pleased with the seeding or your early season record. There is also zero inscentive to trade him to trade him to us. Everyone gets real excited about possibly’s and potentially’s but the reality is this trade is nigh impossible to see coming to fruition this season, even if AD demands it.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:08 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s not going to make it to free agency. They will try and surround him with better talent this summer. It won’t be enough for him to stay so he will asked to be traded next season.
      If we want him, we will have to trade for him.
      I would.
      He and LeBron together would be at least 2 chips.
      Now, if we get lucky this summer and sign Klay or Durant, we might not need him.
      Barring those two additions, I would go all in for AD. Something tells me that Magic will too.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:25 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He has this year and next left on his contract, Matt. If he gets traded this summer, he becomes a free agent the following summer. He’s going to cost three elite players and four first round draft picks. That’s too much. Lakers need to sign him as a free agent.

        Game plan should be KD, Kawhi, or Klay next summer or AD the following summer. Trading for AD would be like trading for LeBron. The cost is going to be prohibitive, even if AD says he won’t re-sign with anybody but the Lakers. Smart solution is to not to gut the roster for AD.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:46 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s all just speculation what it’s going to take.
          There will be plenty of back and forth.
          Nobody can claim exactly what it will take.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:27 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            One sure thing is it will take more than any other player in the NBA, Matt, a lot more. I’d give up one of Lonzo, Kuzma, and Ingram plus Hart but we have to keep two of our top three.

            I doubt that will be enough for the Pelicans.They’ll want a proven star, a DeRozan, Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving in a trade for AD and the Lakers don’t have that.

            If AD hits the trade market, I think you’ll not only see the Celtics make offers but also the Warriors and Rockets. The Pelicans are not going to just want young prospects and picks. They’ll want a star for sure, which is something we just do not have right now.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:37 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink

              We will see. A whole lot can and will happen between now and the start of next season.
              They will not keep him for long next season if he tells them that they didn’t do enough to make him stay.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:19 AM on December 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Here you go Tom 

    Brad Turner
    Brad Turner
    @BA_Turner
    Lakers announce they have recalled Isaac Bonga from the South Bay Lakers, Los Angeles’ NBA development league team. Bonga averaged 14 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 12 games with the South Bay Lakers.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:37 AM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good for him, probably see a few minutes, too.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:54 AM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha and Mahalo, Michael,

      LOL. You just made my day although I hope this doesn’t mean Brandon’s sprained ankle is more than a tweak. I think this move reflects what Luke Walton was saying the other day, which is that development of the young players on this team is still a top priority. The Lakers know how well they do this season and how attractive they will be to elite free agents is going to depend on how well the team’s young stars play. We saw that in the decisions to start Ball, Ingram, and Kuzma and bring Rondo, KCP, and Lance off the bench. Giving the young players time to grow and develop and adjust to playing with LeBron was always the reason why Magic and the front office tried to downplay expectations of a fast start.

      I also think the Lakers aren’t limiting their development focus on just the Lonzo, Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart young core. I think they are justifiably high on Wagner, Mykhailiuk, and Bonga too. That’s why, despite the urgency to win, the Lakers have made an effort to give Moe and Svi minutes when injuries or foul difficulties open up opportunities. It’s great to see Isaac finally get his shot to contribute. I’m a firm believer that Bonga is going to be the biggest surprise of the three. I believe the Lakers see Bonga as a point guard who can play multiple positions. I also think with the varsity’s need for a third point guard even after Rondo returns, the Lakers want to get Bonga opportunities to get him ready to backup Lonzo next year.

      The Lakers as a team still have so much untapped potential that it’s almost scary because they’re so deep with young talent. LeBron may be the catalyst that catapults the Lakers back to the top of the NBA but it’s the deep roster that has seven great young players under 23-years old who have legitimate star potential and the $38 million in cap space that has me so excited. I think right now the Lakers are probably the #4 seed in the West behind that Warriors, Thunder, and Nuggets. With more growth and consistency from all of the kids and a tweak or two before the trade deadline, the Lakers should have the puncher’s chance LeBron gives any team to win the West and even the NBA championship this season.,

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:54 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom
      I’m most interested in seeing Bonga on the defensive end. We saw how important BI’s defense is. Derozen was having a hard time until BI went down. BI and Bonga are similar in stature although BI’s 7’ 3” wingspan is just sick, Bonga’s 7’ Is still good. BI’s length has been smoothering smaller players. I’m hoping to see some of that from Bonga.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:00 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael,

        Bonga ability to defend multiple positions and his 7′ length could be a great help on defense. He’s exactly the kind of defender you want on DeRozan. I really am hoping Isaac is ready now. He’s adjusted well since his gaffes in summer league and preseason. This will be big test for the kid.

        With Rondo due back soon, Bonga could also get a shot a playing some guard and forward if he can show he’s ready to make the leap to the varsity. Remember Isaac’s shooting 44% from deep on five shots per game and he’s great playing on or off the ball. But I love his passing instincts. Like Magic, he sees over the floor and has great vision and passing ability.

        Can you imagine a lineup that had Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Isaac Bonga, and LeBron James on the floor together. It would be like watching the Harlem Globetrotters in their prime vs. the Washington Generals.

        The big key is the Lakers winning and blowing out teams so Bonga gets a lot of opportunity to play and show he’s ready to contribute. Can’t wait for the Friday and Saturday back-to-back.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:53 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Wishing on that 2nd Star 

    Aloha,

    The more I watch this young team come together the more convinced I am that the add through free agency is the best path. AD is the only player that realistically could come on the trade market that I would trade for. When you have a chance at one of a half dozen true superstars you have to go for it.

    There is a lot of talk of how we need to add a 2nd scorer but I think we have a 2nd and a 3rd scorer already in place. All Kuz and BI have to do is make 2 more shots a game and you have two 20 point scorers. And I think they both will get there. Kuz will not shoot 30% from 3 all year. He’s better then that. And BI just needs to become as efficient as he was the 2nd half of last season. So 20 ppg is realistic for both. And if Lonzo can just become a little more efficient that will be icing on the cake.

    Defensively the pre season and early season focus on defense is really beginning to pay off. With our 2 headed center monsters in the paint we are seeing the other guys becoming more Aggressive. Lonzo and BI have developed into one of the better defensive back courts in the NBA and both are just 21 which is amazing to me. Kuz has also shown signs of defensive improvement and even Lebron locks in during crunch time.

    Turnovers are currently problematic but I think that will clean up as we continue to learn to play together. With a team that wants to run there will always be a certain amount of aggressive turnovers that I’m okay with. But there are still too many sloppy turnovers that need to be fixed. There are also several “I thought you were going to be there” type turnovers that will go down as familiarity kicks in.

    KCP is playing better now and he has been great on D. While Josh will never admit it I think his ankle has affected him some but he looked better last night. Once Rondo is back I expect our 2nd unit to much better.

    Even without a 2nd star I think this team will be trouble by the time the playoffs roll around. I’m just going to enjoy this team as it grows and not worry about that 2nd star everyone is wishing for until next summer.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:20 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Post of the day. That second star will be KD.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:55 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You may be right, but at this point, I don’t even think he knows what he’s going to do.
        A lot can, and will, happen between now and the end of the season.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:31 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          True, but something tells me that Magic already knows he’s coming just like he knew LeBron was coming.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:25 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Even though I still feel him going to the squad that knocked him out of the playoffs was soft, I wouldn’t hate it if he came here.
            It would be a very different thing this time.
            IMO, he’s the best player in the game.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:38 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Great post. Unless AD were to suddenly want out of NO, the answer to this team is in free agency. We may make some tweaks midseason but it would be limited to swapping players with expiring contracts.

      I also think Keen is right. The second star will be KD. Then the question will be stand pat or look to trade for a third superstar. Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal? Assuming we stand pat until summer and then sign KD and use our Room Exception to give JaVale a 3-year deal, here’s what our roster and depth chart would look like pre-trade:

      PG: LONZO BALL, Isaac Bonga
      SG: BRANDON INGRAM, Josh Hart
      SF: LEBRON JAMES, Svi Mykhailiuk
      PF: KEVIN DURANT, Kyle Kuzma,
      CE: JAVALE MCGEE, Moe Wagner

      Add some veterans looking to chase a ring and that’s championship contending team for sure. Might be smart to keep the youth and depth rather than looking to add another ball dominant player. Hard to find a superstar who will sacrifice like Klay Thompson to be a #3 option.

      The only option to trade for that makes sense is AD. That would likely mean Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart plus picks. KD would then move to the two so AD could play the 4 and pray for the other team. The key though is KD. No better revenge than to bolt the Dubs and join LeBron and beat the Warriors for the championship while ending the Warriors dynasty and initiating a new one for the Lakers.

    • John M.

      John M. 1:44 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      6 guys in double figures and LBJ gets his average. Another good defensive effort, especially after being down 15 going on 25. I’ve got nothing to complain about, nor am I pining for another addition. We’re miles ahead of the last few years…

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:56 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PG13
      Kawhi
      JimmyB

      I woulda made the trade for any of those 3.

      AD? No indication from anybody that he’s moving..yet.

      Beale or Kemba? I’m not sold because they aren’t 2-way stars like the other 4. Their impact probably not as great as the players we’d have to send out.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:41 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Keen, thanks for the props.

      Aloha Tom. In a perfect world we sign KD in the summer. With just natural improvement we would be one of the favorites to win it all. Then the next year with the cap projected to be 118 mil we could probably find a way to sign AD as well, then sign BI and go over the cap. We would be set for years after Lebron hangs it up.

      Aloha Mongo I am referring to guys that could possibly come on the trade market. No way PG, Kawhi or Butler are going to be available. Heck I would trade for Curry or KD if they became available but they’re not.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:47 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        woulda = would HAVE
        Meaning…I would HAVE made those trades when they were available. I think we’d be in a much better position with any of those 3 paired with Lebron than with BI & Kuz.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:26 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are speculating that those trades were Truly available. The Spurs had no intention of trading with us. They basically asked for our entire young group plus 3 first round draft picks. That was never going to happen nor should it. We didn’t have the salaries to match for Butler. PG who knows. It never came out exactly what was offered. I do know since PG wanted to come to LA we were probably not high on the Pacers list of trading partners. Have you watch many of the Warriors games? The have been bad. With Curry and Green out. That is what it looks like when you have two stars and not much else around them. Rockets? Two stars and much else. You need more then a couple of stars to win and I think Magic’s build through free agency is the best way to go at this point. We will see what happens this summer. If we do happen to land KD we are right there.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:04 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol..you’re making assumptions in the other direction.

        GSW? The entire offensive & defensive systems are built around Steph & Green and Kerr hasn’t changed anything with them out. If KD & Klay were permanently the only 2 guys they would be running different stuff. Kerr just trying to weather the storn right now.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 6:27 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That might be true but with just the stars and that supporting cast they aren’t a championship team. It takes more to win a ring. Houston let their depth walk and now they are having issues.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 7:20 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Not sure who Lebron & Kyrie had backng them up….but I kinda see your point. It just seems like it’s harder get the superstars than it is the supporting cast…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 7:54 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t know, it really depends on your cap position and the amount of cap space there is league wide. Quality supporting players can cost some money. I think the ideal plan is free agency. Add to the group and since everyone is on rookie deals you can go over when the time comes. As for trades we don’t have enough tradable contracts until the 15th. We would have send half our team to make the money work for a star. Nobody has been getting huge returns in trades for their stars. After the 15th if a player Magic likes comes on the market we won’t have to give up as much. I still believe we will land that 2nd guy in free agency, especially if the kids are playing well by the end of the year.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:45 AM on November 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Defense 

    This is why I am opposed to trading our young guys for anything less then a true super star. Lonzo and BI are 2 of our best defenders. Names like Beal India Kemba keep popping up. But With Kemba for instance we would gain 4 points a game but lose 7 rebounds and an assist. At 6’1” and that’s generous he has been a defensive liability. Plus Brandon shoots .20% better. We lose in a trade for him.

    Joey Ramirez
    Joey Ramirez
    @JoeyARamirez
    Indiana shot just 2-for-22 on shots defended by Lonzo Ball (1/13) and Brandon Ingram (1/9), per
    @NBAcom
    .

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:03 PM on November 7, 2018 Permalink  

    Welcome Home Tyson! 

    Game ball to Tyson. His two tip outs ices the game. 9 boards and very good D in his first game. Here at debut!

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 3:03 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink  

    There you go 

    Lakers Rumors: Tyson Chandler to Sign with LA After Negotiating Suns Buyout
    The Phoenix Suns and Tyson Chandler are reportedly negotiating a buyout of the remaining portion of the center’s four-year, $52 million contract, which is in its final season.

    Marc Stein of the New York Times reported the update Saturday. The Los Angeles Lakers would be at the “front of the line” to add Chandler should he clear waivers and become a free agent, per Stein.

    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski went a step further, reporting the veteran big man “will sign” with L.A. once the buyout process is complete.

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:05 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you Phoenix

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:05 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That would be outstanding.
      Immediate help, little cost, and we keep all our potential trading pieces.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 3:50 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great news!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:03 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes!!!!!!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:22 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Do you all think that we have overrated our 4 young ones?

        • p ang

          p ang 4:55 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          BI and Kuz, no.
          Hart, yes. He’s Kurt Rambis 2..0 Lots of hustle but…
          Zo, sometimes no, sometimes yes. too inconsistent.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:34 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Imagine each of those four guys three years from now, DJ.

          Lonzo will be a young Jason Kidd with a 3-point shot.
          Brandon will be a future top five Kawhi clone.
          Kyle will be a budding James Worthy quality scorer.
          Josh will be Charles Barkley reincarnated.

          Of course, it’s unlikely all four will still be Lakers by then.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 10:10 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Kuz and Brandon: nope
          Zo: yes
          Hart: he’s a very solid role player
          Julius: our FO completely under valued him. If he were still with us, we would be undefeated right now because our biggest issue right now was his biggest strength- switching into smalls and neutralizing them.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:30 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is such great news. Magic and Luke meet. Magic puts on the pressure. Luke says I need a backup center. Luke and Rob shake hands. Lakers set to acquire Tyson Chandler. Smart of Luke to ask and even smarter of Earvin to deliver. Now the pressure is even more on Luke but that’s how it should be.

      The Lakers’ second unit could now actually play as a separate unit should Luke want to do that. Rondo, Hart, Lance, Wagner, and Chandler could actually work well, assuming Wagner turns out to be the stretch 4 the Lakers were counting on when they drafted him in the first round.

      The most important aspect of getting Chandler right now is takes pressure off Luke to break up the new starting lineup, which has the look of the kind of tall, long, fast, and athletic team that could give the Golden State Warriors or any other team nightmares by the time the playoffs start. Barring an injury or Wagner not being ready for the league yet, Luke’s starting lineup and bench rotation look to be set right now, which is way ahead of schedule. A few speed bumps and quick moves and the Lakers are back on track.

      Now about tonight and tomorrow night, I think Lakers and LeBron may be ready to break out.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 6:43 PM on October 31, 2018 Permalink  

    RIP Willie 

    Growing up in Nor Cal this extremely sad for me. My two favorite teams were the Giants and Pirates. My dad would take me to the games. I remember one Pirate/Giant game. Imagine seeing Mays, McCovey, Marical, Clemente and Stargell. In that game both McCovey and Stargell hit long homers. Although Stargell’s was longer. If they had played in today’s Giants Park they both would have been deep into McCovey cove. Rest In Peace Willie.

    San Francisco Giants

    @SFGiants
    It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. #Forever44 | #SFGiants

     
  • 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
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    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
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    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

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