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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:12 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kevin Durant is Starting to Question if He Was Misled About His Injury 

    With that being said if Durant was told 100% he couldn’t hurt his Achilles, he would have a beef with whoever told him that. We know that KD had both his doctors and the Warriors doctors taking a look at him, so it is hard to say if he is upset with the Warriors or someone else.

    According to Ric Bucher he is starting to question peopl

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:17 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You would think the calf muscle has to have some connection with the Achilles tendon.
      Don’t understand how the doctors could say there was no chance of injuring the Achilles.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:35 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      HIPPA….nobody on the outside knows what was said between KD and his doctors.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:57 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers have to dig deep in the pockets to hire Ron Adams 

    Ron Adams will not come cheap and it will take a lot to pry him away from Golden State. But, this is the Lakers we’re talking about and the pockets are deep. If they’re willing to offer a higher salary and more years, I believe Adams would highly consider trading Northern California for Southern California.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:12 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here’s a good question for Lakerholics.. We’re going to have great defensive coaching with Vogel and if we can land Adams but who is going to be our offensive coordinator. I’ve tried searching the web for NBA offensive gurus, but it’s like none of the current NBA coaches or assistant coaches other than Steve Kerr seem to be offensive gurus. Anybody have any suggestions as to a college or NBA assistant coach who could be a candidate to be the Lakers offensive coordinator?

      • Bad Horse 5:19 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Norman Dale out of Indiana

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 6:43 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’re gonna pay him more than Vogel?
        Give him more than the 3yrs we gave Vogel.
        The thing nobody likes to talk about is that while we’ve always had one of the highest revenue streams in the sport, we rarely outspend teams in the areas of coaching, training, facilities, etc.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:50 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kawhi declines player option, but ‘seriously considering’ re-signing with Raptors 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:52 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kawhi would have say that. I still think he’s coming to the Lakers. If he’s not, I hope he makes the information public before free agency starts so the Lakers can focus on Malcolm Brogdon and Danny Green.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:06 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I could see him doing a short term deal with the Raps to get his 10yrs of service, make a coupla more runs while the older guys still have tread on the tires (Gasol, Lowery, Ibaka, Green) and qualify for that top teir max on the next contract.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:01 PM on June 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He could do the same for the Lakers, which would give him a chance to make sure he is comfortable on the same team as LeBron and AD. Hell, he could win a championship there and then decide to go and try to do with a fourth team. :-)

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:27 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: 4 Reasons they must avoid Jimmy Butler 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:23 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    2019 NBA Free Agency: Predicting the Next Wave of Shameless Ring-Chasers 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:46 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    Excellent recap of Lakers’ summer league roster with a few extra bits of info on each 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:33 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

    Who Will Be Lakers’ David Wests? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:41 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Whether the Lakers spend all their cap space on a third superstar or pair of elite guards, they’re going to need multiple David Wests, capable rotation players willing to play for the vet minimum to pursue championship rings.

      While the standard cliché says winning is everything, it’s rare to see an NBA player actually prove it like David West did, turning down a guaranteed $12.6 million dollar player option with the Indiana Pacers in July 2015 to embark upon a three-year journey playing for the $1.4 million vet minimum that happily ended up with him becoming a valuable contributor on two Golden State Warrior championship teams and ultimately winning a pair of rings.

      As the Lakers head into free agency this summer, there’s no question they’ll be looking for their own David Wests, veteran players who’ve already made enough money in their careers, still have enough left in their gas tanks, and are willing to play for the vet minimum to win an NBA championship ring. They’re a special breed of player willing to sacrifice millions of dollars for the special thrill and ecstasy that comes with winning an NBA championship.

      Here are five NBA vets who’ve made a lot of money but can still play, could fill valuable roles on the team, and might accept the vet minimum salary to sign with Lakers to make their dreams come true and win a championship ring:

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:57 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        One is going to be Melo since we were already going to add him last season if we had made the playoffs.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:02 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would like Rose, Ariza and Gay.
      Brook is going to get more than a vet minimum.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:31 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom
      This year is a sellers market. There is a lot of money out there this year. And traditionaly there hasn’t been a lot of David Wests. This is what makes me a little apprehensive of the 3 star approach. Lebron is getting older and AD does have a injury history. We would be screwed if one or two stars went down and missed significant time. I really think two stars with a quality supporting cast is the way to go. Of your list I really think maybe Rondo would be the only one who might play for the minimum. Trevor might play for the room exception. I’m hoping that we play AD at the 5 and we sign a back up. Maybe Javelle. I think Kuz if he can regain his 3 point shot would be just fine as the 3rd scorer. While I like Brook I’m thinking we need to address the back court. Bonga, Curso and are incoming rookies are our only guards. Not going to get very far unles we can sign a couple of quality guards.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:46 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think you’re probably right, Michael. I checked after I wrote the story to see how old David West was when he gave up the $12.6 million and he had just turned 35. All the guys on my list are younger than that now so probably have a couple year still left to collect before they start chasing a ring.

        I think there could be a chance for Brook because he’s made a lot of money and was only paid $3.4 million last year and might really want to return to LA. and he might start. Same with Rose, who’s made a lot and only earned $2.2 million last year and might start. The other two are probably long shots in this market.

        One guy I missed was Kyle Korver, who only made $5.2 million last year, is now 38 years old, and is likely to get waived after being traded. I don’t have a figure for how much he’s earned but Google says he’s worth $13 to $30 million. He and Rondo are the most likely candidates.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:59 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You hear alotta talk about guys willingly playing for the min to get a ring but you don’t actually see it happen all that often. West is one of the few examples of it working. Most guys take the min because they’re outta choices. But as it’s been pointed out, there’s a ton of money out there this summer. 10 teams (a third of the league) have over 20mill in cap space. It’s harder to leave money on the table when it’s real and not mythical.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:52 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep. This will be 2016 light, BUT the max money will dry up first and substantially reduce the amounts left over. Also, there are about 200 FAs, so a lot pf players will be overpaid and a lot underpaid. The smart 2nd through 4th tier guys who teams show interest in early on will commit quickly or risk getting underpaid as the money evaporates. Waiting on max guys for quality Tier 2-4 players is risky as is waiting for crumbs at a bargain. If Kawhi decides to take his sweet time and players start coming off the board, Pelinka will have some decisions to make. It’s going to be a lightning round like 2016 and last summer.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:49 AM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 10:48 AM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 8:51 AM on June 23, 2019 Permalink |  

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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:26 PM on June 22, 2019 Permalink |  

    Willie Cauley-Stein wants OUT of Sacramento and fresh start on new team 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:30 AM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They drafted 4 Centers in that draft. Including Skal as well.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:31 AM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While I’ve long coveting WCS for the Lakers and thought he could become a DPOY type, I’m not convinced that the Lakers could offer what Willie wants, which is a bigger role offensively. He wants the ball more and wants to become a pick-and-pop rather than just a roller to the rim. That’s great for WCS but not what we need now that we have Anthony Davis.

      In fact, I’ll go a step further and say I don’t want the Lakers to sign Vucevic or even Brook Lopez so AD can play the four. He proved when Cousins went down two years ago with the Pelicans that small ball center is his ideal position. His numbers across the board soared as did the Pelicans record after AD moved to center. While he prefers the four, like LeBron and most players, the Lakers will be best when he’s at the five.

      The dumbest move we could make this summer would be to waste rare cap space dollars for a “starting” center so Davis can play power forward and Kuzma can go to the bench. Kuz will be a 20-point per game scorer with LeBron and AD. We need every cent of our free agency war chest to go for a pair of starting guards and backups at point guard, small forward, and center. LeBron, Kuzma, and AD give us a modern front court where everybody is a triple threat. Don’t mess that up, Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:24 PM on June 22, 2019 Permalink |  

    It appears THT will be taking Josh Hart’s old number 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:41 AM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually think that Talen Horton-Tucker is going to end up being a key rotation player for the Lakers and see him as what we sometimes foolishly dreamed Josh Hart could become but never could because of his size. THT could end up being a guy who could play and defend the 2, 3, and 4. His physicality is exactly what the Lakers need. He could be our starting shooting guard in a year or two because of his defense and versatility. If we had a shooting coach, he could even start later this year because of our top heavy roster, especially if we end up getting Kawhi Leonard.

      It’s odd that we supposedly traded for the #46 pick to take Bol Bol and ended up using it for a player we had not even worked out but seen at a Klutch Sports pro day. It will be fascinating to hear how that all went down. Did we intentionally NOT work him out to hide him? Was he also a target when we bought the pick? What did our scouting department think of him? How much was Rich Paul involved? Or LeBron or AD, who met him as fellow Klutch Sports clients. However it happened, I think he was an inspired pick. You have to love his upside as the youngest player in the draft. A potential combination of Charles Barkley, P.J. Tucker, and Draymond Green.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:07 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Now information has come out that the Lakers did have a private workout for THT and that he was their backup choice if Bol Bol was gone when they got to #46. Makes sense as I think he is going to be a steal for the Lakers just like Kuzma was.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:31 PM on June 22, 2019 Permalink |  

    Cal is 100 on this 

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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:22 PM on June 22, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kawhi Leonard: Lakers! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:32 PM on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I believe Kawhi Leonard is coming to the Lakers, which will mean we will use all of our cap space to sign him, meaning we will only have our room exception, veteran minimum exceptions to sign the rest of the team other than LeBron, Kuzma, Davis, and Leonard, and Horton-Tucker How do we then build a roster besides these five players?

      To start with, we bring back five of own free agents from last season, namely Caruso, McGee, Bullock, Muscala, and Williams. We add Rubio with our room exception, and Korver and Ariza with the vet minimum. We’re now at twelve players.

      PG: RUBIO, Caruso, Vet Minimum
      SG: BULLOCK, Horton-Tucker, Vet Minimum
      SF: JAMES, Ariza, Vet Minimum
      PF: LEONARD, Kuzma, Williams
      CE: ANTHONY, McGee, Muscala

      TW: Norvell, Rookie

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