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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:18 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Big need for Lakers in draft + free agency: Shooters 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:14 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bulls offer Jimmy Butler to the LAL for the #2 pick & Julius Randle this morning 

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:04 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:03 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojVerticalNBA

    Source: Lakers guard Nick Young will decline his option and become a free agent.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 3:50 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Paging all Lakerholic Capologists!

    Just heard that the spurs are open to trading Danny Green – someone who defends and can drain a 3! (http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/06/21/spurs-reportedly-open-to-trading-danny-green-which-could-be-final-straw-for-getting-chris-paul/)

    Can we just absorb his contract without sending too much back?

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:58 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He has a PO for 2018…dicey

      Spurs wouldn’t be looking to take back salary. Interesting

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 4:01 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The team has the cap space to absorb him outright. Just don’t expect him to opt out and take less money like the Spurs get guys to do.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:35 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    So let’s say we get Lebron…at age 34.
    What’s our window with him realistically?
    3 years?

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:38 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’d be 33 amd yup.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:44 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Betting the farm on an older player is pretty risky. Kobe was in the MVP conversation at 34, then 3 injuries in 3 years. And Kobe took care of his body better then most. You just don’t know when the miles begin to effect you. Deng played pretty well for the heat and completely fell apart last year. You just never know.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:48 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        LeBron is an outlier. He hasn’t a significant injury in his career. This man doesn’t get hurt.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 3:49 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Either way it’s a gamble, but, looks like Magic and Rob have chosen to roll the dice with proven talent as opposed to potential talent, MH.
        We’ll have to wait and see if they chose correctly.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:02 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s a real concern, Michael, and if I were in Magic’s shoes, I might be seeking younger top tier talent first.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 4:25 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah..I’m not that concerned about injury…more so the general decline that age inflicts on every other human on the planet.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:08 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Gonna be so interesting to see if Magic still has the magic! I think he’s thinking about being a Super-team asap! May or may not work out. Hope we don’t give all our kids away. Wonder if Lopez stays or goes in a trade?

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:25 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seems pretty clear that Earv didn’t take this job to sit around hoping we make the playoffs and waiting for the youngins to “develop”. If his message wasn’t getting through to these guys before I guarantee you they understand like a mofo after what just happened.

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 3:25 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One trade I have not seen mentioned is Brook -- JC -- and 27/28 for PG. Does this not work Salary Wise?

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:31 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    DAR an “Alpha-Dog”? 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:45 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Peeps gonna believe what they want, MS.

      Type A personalities recognize Type A.

      Earv sees it in Lonzo. Never saw it in DAngelo.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:04 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not even sure he knows what Lonzo is yet based on the limited time they’ve spent together. But he knew what DAR WASN’T and that’s why he put him on the 1st thing smokin outta town as soon as somebody said yes.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:10 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not serious enough about being great.
        Buh Bye!
        Take a look at what Julius has done to his body since last season- he’s working!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:39 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Made enough of an impression to make D’Angelo the odd man out.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 3:42 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Say MM, I didn’t see much difference between DAR and Clarky play.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:52 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Me neither DJ.

            I will say though, Jordan actually was a PG in Mizzou and he can pass the rock and make me believe he can still do that.

            A lot of hype about DLo’s passing. He played 143 games for us, had only two games of 10+ assists. Not Magic like at all, my friend.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:11 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink

              It’s the worst comp I think I have ever heard.
              Kendall Marshall was a much better passer than DAR.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:12 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink

              Good observation Matt, Kendall was a better passer.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 4:28 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I feel like DAR made himself expendable more than Lonzo did.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:59 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    The Big Ballers Draft! 

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:52 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Game of Zones: Father of Balls 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:37 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    A Bittersweet Farewell for D’Angelo Russell 

    While I understand and appreciate the reasons, I’m still disappointed the Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell. I fell in love with D’Angelo and his alpha dog personality and “ice in my veins” swagger the moment he put on a purple and gold Lakers jersey. He was the latest in a long line of controversial and divisive Lakers players whom I personally adopted and championed during my almost 50 years as a Lakers fan.

    I guess It’s just in my nature to love players who have a certain type of edge that drives other fans crazy. I’ve always tended to gravitate to the rebels who defy the norm and become lightning rods for bashers, like Muhammed Ali, Mickey Mantle, and Wilt Chamberlain. As many of you well know, despite growing up in Southern California, I didn’t even become a Lakers fan until the Lakers traded for Wilt in 1968.

    My love of rebels and outliers continued throughout my long and fulfilling career as a Lakers fan as I found new players to adopt and defend from the controversial, outspoken young Kobe Bryant to the mercurial, misunderstood Andrew Bynum, with stops along the way supporting a cast of divisive role players like Sasha Vujacic, Slava Medvedenko, Chris Mihm, Jeremy Lin, Jordan Farmar, and Matt Barnes.

    It was inevitable that D’Angelo Russell was going to be odd man out once the Lakers committed to drafting Lonzo Ball and acquiring Paul George. With Ball at point, Ingram at the 2, and George at the 3, there was no spot left in the starting lineup for Russell and few trade partners able and willing to absorb Mozgov’s terrible contract and send back a beneficial expiring contract and requisite first round pick.

    While trading Russell is just the first step in Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s project to rebuild the Lakers, I can’t help feeling a nostalgic sense of concern that abandoning rebuilding via the draft and returning to chasing free agents might be a huge mistake. Hopefully, I’ll feel better once we actually draft Lonzo Ball and complete the trade with the Pacers for Paul George so we know where we are.

    I’ve always loved homegrown players, teams, and championships built via the draft more than those built via trade and free agency but we were naïve to think that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka would be content and patient enough to take that route. Blame it Jim and Mitch or the cap space needed but Magic and Rob are going to dump everybody on this roster except for Ingram, Zubac, and Nance.

    For me, the big question comes next summer when we have cap space to sign a second max-contract free agent to go with Paul George. Will we follow the Cavs’ win now model and sign 34-year old LeBron to a series of 1-year contracts and trade some or all of our young stars for established vets? Or will we sign a younger superstar and let the team grow naturally into a sustainable championship contender?

    Change seems to be accelerating everywhere today. I wish D’Angelo the best, except when he plays the Lakers, and hope he accepts the challenge and shows his detractors they were wrong. I hope Magic and Rob see what’s happening in Cleveland and choose to go after a younger elite free agent who would be a better fit for a young roster all in their early to mid-twenties than even the best player in the world.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 2:25 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While I appreciate your take, I think you’re off base as to why many were indifferent at best to the trade.

      No one minds a rebel, outlier, or whatever you want to call them so long as they deliver. Even young Bynum was a stud in the making before his body gave out. No one outside a handful of homers sees that trajectory for Icy.

      D’Angelo didn’t show the progress everyone would hope he’d make. The rumblings about attitude and work ethic only served to exacerbate things. While advanced metrics showed him as a wait and hold, they certainly didn’t account for what was going on behind the scenes.

      All in all, much like unloading Bynum at the right time, this just doesn’t seem like a move that comes back to bite the team.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 3:01 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well said, Stan.

    • tate793

      tate793 7:15 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “There is still a lot to like about both Russell and Randle as well, but there are also ongoing questions about how well they take criticism, according to team sources. Lakers head coach Luke Walton entered the season asking Russell to be less of a know-it-all and more of a leader for the group, while he hoped Randle would emulate Draymond Green in using every perceived slight as motivation. Though both players improved their games, neither advanced as far as Walton had hoped. Russell was inconsistent with his professionalism, and Randle often lost messages given to him if they were delivered harshly.”

      -- Kevin Ding

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:13 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Man…lot’s been happening while I’ve been stuck in the theatre world. All in all: smart move. Getting Mozgov’s deal off the books was never going to come cheap and honestly I feel like we come out the other end not much worse than before. Losing Russell is a heavy blow, but freeing up potential cap space is HUGE. You now have options for either rewarding the young players we have if they step it up or you gain the ability to sign at least 2 top tier free agents. We can also include 2 first round draft picks in any potential draft day trade.

    All in all: smart move but with a cost. One thing is sure, Magic and Rob are not afraid to make moves.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:50 AM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility

  • keen observer

    keen observer 10:28 AM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:48 AM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    New Insider. A trade involving Paul George before Thursday’s draft is no longer imminent. 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:08 AM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seems like an afterwards transaction

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:44 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If the Pacers don’t agree before the draft, PG will end up being traded as a rental elsewhere. If they want the Lakers deal, they will want to make their own picks in the draft.

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