Welcome to NBA Chat with HOOPSWORLD Senior Writer Eric Pincus. I’ve got all the questions I can handle. Thanks for participating!
Eric covers the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and NBA at large.
who do you think will be playing both PF & PG next season for the Lake show?
NBA Finals tonight! Today we chat:
Tim, I’ll guess right now Ramon Sessions at point guard and the “safe” bet is that Gasol is still there given how hard it is to make deals – but I do think the Lakers will try hard to deal him before then and may very well trigger something.
If David Stern allows the CP3 trade aren’t the Lakers playing in the Finals? If the Bulls are interested in Pau wouldn’t a package centered around Deng, Gibson, and a pick look attractive?
Deng and Gibson might look attractive, although Luol’s contract probably is more than LA is willing to spend. Would the Lakers advance with Paul? It depends on who else they landed to flesh out the roster and health. Remember Paul didn’t finish the playoffs healthy with the Clippers.
Good day sir! Die hard Lakers fan here. Can you list the PF’s that best fits the Lakers with Bynum as the center? Thanks you sir!
There are a number of power forwards that would fit with Bynum but they vary in age and salary. Some are not realistic: Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Taj Gibson, Antawn Jamison, Paul Millsap, Dirk!, Al Harrington, Ersan Ilyasova, Andrea Bargnani, David Lee, Luis Scola, Markieff Morris, Channing Frye, David West, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, Derrick Williams, Michael Beasley, Ryan Anderson and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Obviously some of those names are not attainable.
A trade proposal:rondo, Garnett,Bradley for Dwade+filler. Boston gets Dwade,To go with Pierce and a lot of cap room. Miami gets a leitimate PG with some size and defence
Given that Garnett is a free agent, are you sure he goes along with that? All he has to do is say, no thank you, and then where are we?
Looking at how OKC performing for the last two years, is it possible for them to keep both harden and ibaka financially as a small market team? Can their asking prices be too much for a team that already has two max contracts?
The Thunder can keep all of their players if they get the right deals in place. I don’t see any team lasting through three straight years of luxury tax, given the increasing penalties so at some point it may be a problem. If they can get 3-5 years out of this group? That’s a lot before the money becomes a major, major problem.
If Miami fails to get to the finals, Shoud they consider coaching change. Maby Jerry Sloan. I think they can make a championshio team with Bosh out and especialy if they trade Dwade.Whats your take?
I’ve heard different thoughts on Spoelstra – mostly that the organization supports him. Someone needs to be blamed though, that’s just the way of the world. The easiest is Spoelstra – never mind that his team needed a point guard and a center this summer and instead they signed Shane Battier.
I like Battier – he helps them – but were the needs met?
Hi Eric, as someone who covers LA, what are your thoughts on the Oshley hire, as I am skeptical. He hired VDN, gave $43M to Jordan, $23M to Butler, broke a handshake deal with LAC (who gave him his start), and essentially ‘traded’ Irving, Gordon, and 10th pick to rent Paul for 2 years (and that required the commissioner to intervene twice). So, let’s say I am less than impressed. Thoughts?
He hired Vinny? The organization hired VDN. I wouldn’t put that on Olshey’s resume. The contract to Jordan was absolutely the right move. It was an investment in the team who wouldn’t have had a center without that deal. Butler helped the team.
Olshey never had a handshake deal with the Clippers – that’s a difference in perception right there. Trading Baron which meant losing Irving (despite what 2% chance that would happen) was the move that opened up the door to Chris Paul.
I just don’t see your takes as objective I’m afraid.
Trade Bynum rather than Gasol for the following reasons.
1]Bynum has much more trade value.
2]Bynum has major knee issues and is shows ongoing immaturity and is not always a team player.
3]Gasol’s age better corresponds with a major rebuild when Kobe retires.Does it make sense to build around Bynum?
1) No. 2) Yes, the knee injury is a concern but no he’s been healthy for two years. 3) It makes sense to build around Bynum not Gasol.
So basically, sorry, don’t agree.
Hey Mr.Pincus just one of those lakers what if questions how well do you think this lakers team would be think they could take the it all?
pf: Jordan Hill
C : Bynum
They’d need some depth but that’s a potent team. I just don’t see how you get Deron Williams.
Seems like the Lakers and Brandon Roy are showing some mutual interest in each other. Is this going to happen? Roy is in LA getting the procedure done that Kobe made famous, Kobe loved Roy in college, Lakers is Roy’s favorite team, Mitch was very high on Roy. Can he be a facilitator at the starting PG position? Also, I hear he is a better basketball player than ever….scary…could be a ploy to get him signed though.
If Roy is in Los Angeles getting the same procedure that Kobe’s currently getting this week in Germany, than his doctor is breaking FDA regulations. If Roy wants to come back and is capable of staying healthy, he’d be a great get for the Lakers. I find it a slight stretch but not one that should be overlooked.
With a report that the Hornets are dangling the 10th pick in the draft to someone willing to take Ariza’s contract off their hands, you think the Lakers might be interested? The Lakers do have the Odom TPE to absorb Ariza’s contract. It goes against the idea of shedding salary but I think Ariza was a pretty solid fit with this group of Lakers in his short time here. Perhaps Lakers make such a move and amnesty World Peace to offset the cost of bringing in Ariza’s contract? Also picking up the 10th pick could prove valuable as they could pick up a quality role player at a more or less fixed cost. However I’m not sold on the Hornets simply giving up the pick and Ariza for a straight salary dump are you?
I’ve heard it’s not accurate that the Hornets will trade 10 and Ariza to the Lakers for the Odom trade exception. Take Okafor? Perhaps.
hello.. what do you feel the best option is as far as trading gasol??
do you feel that tyreke evans will be a better fit for the lakers what is you option as far as a 3 team trade with the kings/lakers/rockets?
I’ve written that something like Kyle Lowry, Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley via a multi-team trade with the Rockets/Wolves could have some viability with Kevin Martin to Minny and Gasol to Houston. Evans can’t shoot so I don’t really like him on the Lakers.
Do you think some trade between the Lakers and T-Wolves will eventually be made? Something along the lines of Gasol going to T-Wolves while bringing back Derrick Williams, Beasley (S&T), and another player (B. Miller to clear some cap space, Webster, Barea, or Johnson) to make the salaries work?
I’m not sure that’s enough for LA but it’s at least a possibility on some levels.
Laker fan here. In my opinion i don’t think the Lakers need another star to win a championship. I think they need a better bench and better 3 POINT SHOOTING. We have to be able to make teams pay with the long ball when they decide to swarm Bynum and Gasol.
Solving these issues i have presented, i believe i have a solution.
We can sign JR Smith or CJ Miles to be our 6th man. (If we don’t have enough $$, Sign and trade Barnes, New York or Utah would be happy with Barnes).
Also we can maybe add a veteran shooter like Rasual Butler for the minimum or bring back Kapono.
Also tell Mike Brown to play Goudelock!
I don’t think New York or Utah would be happy with Barnes. I kind of get where you’re going in the first sentence or two – but they you kind of veer off in the actual suggested moves I’m afraid.
How much better do you think the Pacers would be if they could acquire Nash and Ilyasova?
A lot but then can they? And are they giving up anything to get there?
Hey Eric! Thanks for answering my question on your last chat, I really value your input regarding possible player acquisitions for the Lakers being a die-hard fan. If the Lakers fail to make a trade, who do you think will they target with their mini MLE and the Odom trade exception?
I really think the Gasol move determines the needs. What they get back depends on who they have. Also, does Sessions opt out and if so does he return at the right dollar? There’s no easy answer. I do think Beasley is on their radar still.
What offseason moves do you see the lakers making? I see them going after beasley via sign and trade, then i think they take lowry+scola for gasol + fillers. But what guys are they targeting for bench help? i like ersan for them and terrence williams. Whats your thoughts?
Ersan is a good fit for the Lakers but he’ll want more than the $3.1 million LA has to offer. I’m not sure there’s a trade that appeals to the Bucks – although if he’s going to walk elsewhere for nothing perhaps they’ll do a sign and trade for a first.
What are the chances of DTS selling the team?
I haven’t heard any reason to believe Sterling is looking to sell the Clippers.
Hey Eric. What’s the skinny on the Raps? There info on this site today there engaing in talks for Evans from Sac town.
The Raptors hope to use some salary cap flexibility and their position in the draft (8) to improve. Let’s see if they can get it done. I’m not sure they can on a major level – it may take one more year.
What up Eric? Realistically do you see the Lakers making a Gasol trade on draft night or waiting until July or August? I don’t believe the Hornets #10 for Ariza or Okafor is on the table. Maybe a second pick. Lakers may be able pry Golden State for one of their seconds possibly packaged with Dorrell Wright for McRoberts & cash considerations.
I expect Gasol to be a Laker on July 1 – beyond that, then we’ll see as the cap numbers change and teams can open up space to facilitate bigger deals.
Heard the rumors about cavs selecting barnes as their 4th pick, in that case who do you think the KINGS will select with their 5TH PICK? thinking davis, robinson and mkg would be gone by that time.. It would leave between drummond or beal.. Im thinking of taking drummond because both would compliment each others game talking about cousins and drummond.. your thoughts?
I wouldn’t do Drummond. He’s not a lock to blossom any time soon in the NBA. I’d go Beal between the two.
What do you think of this? Hornets draft Davis with the 1st pick, draft Rivers with the 10th pick and then they do sign&trade with Gordon sending him to Indiana for Danny Granger (or Paul George if Pacers are willing).
I expect Eric Gordon to end up a long-term Hornet and that’s probably a better move than trading for Granger.
Good afternoon! hope you had a good weekend.
Did. My girl’s team – the Panthers – finished out the regular season at 6-2. We’re the #2 seed and we start playoffs on Wednesday.
Hi Eric, I don’t see how the Cavs can mess up this draft unless they take Drummond with the 4th pick. However, free agency is a different story. Do you think a guy like Gerald Green would fit in with the Cavs and what would be a fair salary for him?
I know the Nets are planning on keeping Green.
Good afternoon! hope you had a good weekend. i dont think the lakers should trade pau gasol unless for an obvious roster upgrade. i dont see a team trading away anyone good enough to justify getting rid of Pau. With that said, can you tell me the following is possible while keeping their core players? 1. waive/amnesty steve blake and not resign Barnes Troy, or ebanks. 2. sign Steve Nash to what they can offer. i think this could help significantly allowing a solid pg to run the starting lineup and allowing sessions to run with the bench 3. Acquire Beasly with their TPE 4. if Wizards wave Lewis (which i expect) try and sign him as well. Is this possible for the lakers. starting: Nash/kobe/metta/pau/bynum bench:sessions/lewis/beasly/Hill/switch up pau and bynum
Nash won’t come for $3.1 million. I don’t expect amnesty this summer. Lewis makes some sense if bought out. Beasley has to agree to come to the Lakers and the Wolves have to agree to a trade to help him come. I don’t like to assume all that goes through – although I know there’s some potential there with Michael.
June 2011, Lakers tried to trade Odom+Artest for Iguodala
December 2011, they tried to trade Gasol+Odom for Chris Paul
February 2012, they tried to trade for Kyle Lowry
15 March 2012, they were 7 minutes away from getting Beasley for Fisher and a pick.
Don’t you think that Lakers needs are vastly still the same? And so would be the targets? It’s a LONG stretch, but giving away Gasol and Artest, and getting Iguodala, Lowry and Beasley might be what FO is giving serious consideration at. Can they pull that off?
1) Gasol+Artest or Gasol+Blake for Iguo+Lou Williams
2) Lowry for Lou Williams+Morris/Goudelock+1st round pick. Or Sessions+Morris/Goudelock+1st round pick
3) Beasley for J.Hill. Hints point at Lakers wanting him as a stretch 4 to space the floor.
What do you think?
I’m not sure the Sixers will give up Iguodala for Gasol, we’ll have to see where they go on that front. Iguodala’s not a great shooter and is somewhat expensive. I’m not sure he’s ideal right now for the Lakers, although if Peace was part of that the money would work itself out.
Remember, Lou Williams is a free agent if he opts out as expected, so then where do you go if he doesn’t agree to such a move?
I’m not sure the Lakers should trade Hill for Beasley as they probably need both – a stretch four – and a guy who can come in and rebound and play Hill’s physical style.
What Ettore Messina really do for the Lakers?
Messina advised Brown on a lot of things but ultimately it was up to Brown to make his decisions as head coach.
Any news from Greg Oden? If healthy, do you see him fit in Lakers? As Bynum back-up?
I don’t see Oden playing for the Lakers. He has to prove he can play first in general and unfortunately he hasn’t been healthy – almost ever.
I know how difficult three team trades are to complete. However there is a trade that I believe makes a lot of sense for all involved. Houston likes and wants Gasol. Lakers need youth and athleticism. Minnesota needs a 2 and really needs a 3 also. After much thought how about;
Minnesota receives Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger
Houston receives Gasol and Ebanks
Lakers receive Lowry, Derrick Williams and a resigned Beasley
Houston gives up Lowry which they don’t really want to but they get Gasol. They would be happy to include Martin rather than Scola. They have Parsons behind Budinger.
Minnesota gets a 2 that they like a lot (especially Adelman) and a starting 3. They lose Williams but he is a 4 and they have Love. They clearly don’t mind including a resigned Beasley.
Lakers get exactly what they need. A stretch 4 who spaces floor for Bynum. They get Lowry who would be terrific on the team. They get a scoring spark off the bench in Beasley.
Seems like a win for all involved. Your thoughts?
I’ve written about this kind of possibility for many weeks. There’s some potential there but now we need to wait and see who does what. Certainly the Rockets need to see what happens with Goran Dragic before moving Lowry.
Hey,Eric I hope that the Lakers are going to be busy improving the team, like how you are improving your relationship with your wife in the life time show. I hope the Lakers stay busy like you were busy with your wife for seven days.
ha, uh thanks.
Hey EP always enjoy the chats. Do you think the Clipper’s will stay in house and promote Gary Sacks to the GM spot? If so do you think he would be a good fit? Thanks keep up the good work.
I like Gary Sacks as a talent evaluator. He’s personable and intelligent. It’s not a bad move at all. I’m not sure yet where the Clippers go but Sacks would be a solid in-house choice.
With the trade rumors looming about D-Will to the lakers, what trade scenario you prefer the most?
I don’t actually know of any Williams to Lakers trade rumors. I do know of a lot of Laker fans who would like to have Deron Williams. That in and of itself is not a rumor. I do know the Nets would rather lose Deron for nothing than take on Gasol’s salary.
What do you expect from L.A. at draft day?
Not a lot – both teams just have second-round picks.
Is there any meat to the rumour of a Michael Beasly for Jordan Hill swap ?
It would take Jordan Hill saying he wants to be with the Wolves and Beasley wants to be with the Lakers. It would have to include the Lakers giving the best offer to Beasley and the Wolves the best off for Hill. There’s a limit to how much LA can pay Jordan, even in sign and trade – so if anyone offered more than $3.6 million, the Lakers can’t do more.
Personally, I’m thinking the Lakers want both but as I said – it’s all unclear and dependent on if and what they do with Gasol.
Is Messina leaving LA because he misses coaching? Is it more money for him overseas? How much does his departure impact LA when I felt may he may not have had a chance to showcase his effectiveness in a short season?
Messina has a chance to be a head coach on a multi-year deal for a big-name team (CSKA Moscow) – or stay as an assistant/consultant in the NBA. He didn’t get to truly show what he can do and I hope down the road he does. Ettore is a tremendous person, having gotten to know him a little in LA, and I wish him the best. He knows his basketball.
Are there any new rumblings about Mitch leaving LA?
Now and then but currently the buzz is that he’s here for at least the coming season.
Is there a reward for an NBA team if they wind up never using their one time amnesty clause?
Lots of options at #7 for GS, what is your opinion on Terrance Jones, Baylor’s Jones III, and Sullinger? Or should GS go for a trade for a veteran SF like Gay or Iguodola?
I’d consider it if I was Golden State, if such a move was available. That’s a fan-base hungry for success and with a healthy Steph Curry, Andrew Bogut along with David Lee and Klay Thompson, they have the makings of a real team in this league. Add in a bigger name player like Gay or Iguodala? Sure.
I just don’t think Gay is moved this summer and haven’t heard yet on Dre. I don’t know if Jones or Jones III are the right picks at #7. I’m very curious what Sullinger proves to be but maybe not on the Warriors.
Can the lakers make a run at Garnett or trade pau for someone that can be reliable in the playoffs and any.chance Dwight gets traded for Bynum thanks love yr chats eric
If Garnett wants to be a Laker, sure. I’m not thinking he does but maybe we’ll all be surprised. There’s a chance of Bynum for Howard I suppose although I expect Andrew to be on the Lakers next season. Thanks!
As long as Kobe is still playing at a high level, is it safe to say he’ll never take a paycut when his contract is up? It’s 2 years away but I fear having to stomach seeing him on another team one day.
At some point the Lakers and Kobe will need to find a new number that works for both. I don’t anticipate that will be an easy process.
any new Laker rumors or still the same stuff we been hearing? And if u had control of the Lakers what would u do to fix the team
The Lakers need to get their finances in control for the upcoming graduated and repeater taxes. That likely means Gasol is out – sooner or later. While few want to hear about money and a team cutting salary, the Lakers need to add a lot of younger, athletic, capable players and that’s almost impossible to do when your third best player is making $19 million.
Hey Eric, do you think the Sixers should make a big offer to McGee this summer once they ax Brand? Would Denver match like 12 mil a year? Thanks.
I’m not sure I’d trust McGee with that much money. He has tremendous upside but questionable maturity.
Just have a lighthearted question for you here: who are the genuinely nicest Lakers and NBA players that you’ve encountered in your career.
Too many too name really. I would say of the current core, Pau and perhaps Andrew Goudelock are up on that list.
Hi, You seem to be on the inside of what is really going on so my question is, what is more important for the Buss Family, A. Finding a super star for the future without Kobe.
B. Beginning to get younger & faster.
C. Slash payroll so as to be in good shape prior to new contract.
The top priority – without question is A. Getting that done is very difficult and C may have to be the path to A (and B).
Any chance the Lakers want me back?
Most Laker trade proposals from fans involve the Lakers taking back equal, long term salary. But given the team’s financial realities, aren’t they much more likley to trade for some young talent and some contracts that can be immediately bought out at a low price to reduce payroll?
I don’t expect a lot of “name” talent back for Gasol. I’d expect fit in age, salary and the like – although the Lakers almost landed Chris Paul so maybe I’m wrong.
EP – thanks for the knowledge as always…
Assuming the Lakers cannot get the trade they want for Pau Gasol and they elect to keep him another year and that Troy Murphy, Matt Barnes, Jordan Hill, are all gone, what would you think of these acquisitions:
Nick Young, Mini Mid Level Exception – youth and athleticism to the bench, Kobe gets more minutes at the three.
Chauncey Billups, league minimum – promise him starting gig, his basketball IQ could work wonders on this team.
Michael Beasley, TPE, offer Wolves a future number one to get it done.
Darnell Jackson, league minimum, banger and defensive rebounder, sets a mean pick, knows Brown’s offensive and defensive systems.
Thanks and what do you have in The Finals? I’m going OKC in six.
I don’t see Billups coming for the minimum. I don’t love Young in LA. I’ve written already about Beasley. I’m not as familiar with Jackson’s game. If somehow that all happened, is Billups ready to play in December? January? How ready is he. If he’s vintage Billups, and you want me to grant you that (a stretch), then sure LA is better.
what is the realistic chance of getting Odom for cheap?
I just don’t get the Laker-fan/Odom thing. The team has moved on as far as I can tell. I’m not sure the fans (or Lamar) have. If you’re not a Laker fan, then chance for who to get Odom for cheap?
Hi Eric from Greece,
Lakers:Milsap+Udric+Mbah a Moute
Utah:Ariza+10th NO pick
The salaries are good.Can be done?
I don’t think the Hornets want Gasol and I don’t think the Bucks want Okafor.
Would trading the 5th pick for an established player like Rudy Gay or Andre Igudola make sense for the Kings? As a Kings fan, I feel like a continued infusion of young, raw talent can only do so much. This team has talent in Demarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans and needs to improve now. Adding another rookie that needs to develop doesn’t seem to make sense. A veteran like Gay, making the team Thomas/Evans/Gay/Thompson/Cousins with Thornton on the bench could be a playoff team. Thoughts?
Agreed, they need to start to get established players but does Gay or Iguodala really make this team great? Not sure they do.
Lakers need to get better and shed salary. I have a proposal for that.
Andrew Bynum, Ramon Sessions to Atlanta
Josh Smith, Jeff Teague, future 1st to Brooklyn
Deron Williams, Zaza Pachulia to Lakers
The money works.
The Lakers, I hear, won’t trade Bynum for Deron.
Would trade Pau Gasol for Iguodala and Holiday then resign J.Hill, amnesty MWP?
I’m skeptical the Sixers do both Iguodala AND Holiday.
What do you think is the best route to improvement for the Lakers?
1. Trade Bynum &/or Gasol for other superstars (D-Will, Howard)
2. Trade Bynum &/or Gasol for depth (e.g. the Houston Pau-Pau platter deal)
3. Keep all three stars and try to find better role players
Gasol for depth.
What is the situation with Jordan Hill? If I understand correctly, the Lakers don’t have any rights to him, Bird or otherwise, so the max they could offer him would be their mini MLE. Is that right?
Lakers have limited Bird Rights – they can pay up to what the Rockets would have paid him had they taken that option at $3,632,527.
The Lakers should try to front-load any contracts they sign this summer (Sessions, maybe Beasley). Pay a big lump and take the normal tax hit this year to make them cheaper in the next couple of years and make it easier to get out of the luxury tax.
They can only do that to a point – and yes it’s a viable plan if Session re-signs and Beasley was willing to come.
Have you heard any other info about the “Dallas trying to push back Lamar’s contract guarantee date” thing? Do you think it’s really an attempt to trade him back to the Lakers or something else?
Something else – greater overall flexibility so they don’t have to pay Lamar $2.4 million not to play – given the Mavericks want to maximize their cap space.
What free agents do you see the clippers targeting this offseason?
The big question is Mo Williams – does he make the opt-in official. If he does, then the Clippers really are a Mid-Level team with $12 million in expiring contracts to offer around (Mo and Gomes). They have a lot of their own free agents to deal with, which is tricky. If Williams doesn’t opt in, the team can amnesty Gomes and have some cap room. Would Ray Allen, if healthy, come for the MLE? Can the Clippers keep their depth while avoiding luxury tax? I’m curious to see.
How about this trade mo williams for trevor ariza makes since for both teams. Hornets get a expiring contract and clippers get an athletic wing player they are looking for. Your take sir
Last check, the Clippers didn’t want Ariza.
hearing anything about the Rockets? trades? draft targets?
All over the map, from trading their two firsts to climb higher – to looking at Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
Do you think the Laker’s have enough to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic?
Probably – for Bynum, but not if Howard isn’t clear he wants to be a long-term Laker. Even then, it’s not clear.
Another trade I that needs some pincus analysis. Mo williams to detroit for stucky. Helps give more time to B. Knight and it allows the clips to use stucky like they used billups earlier last year.
Sure for Clippers – don’t see Pistons going there.
Who do you pick to start a team, Kevin Durant or LeBron James?
Lakers need to bet better and shed salary. I have a proposal for that.
Pau Gasol, Ramon Sessions to Houston
Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Paul Milsap, #14 pick to Lakers
Kyle Lowry to Utah
One thing to think about – the Rockets aren’t likely to trade Lowry without knowing the future of Dragic – a decision that comes in July. Meanwhile the 14th pick is taken in June.
Was Andy Roeser under any heat within the Clipper organization for letting Neil get away to Portland? I think it was his job to convince DTS to lock up Neil sooner rather than letting him become an “at will” employee and feeling unappreciated with a month to month contract. I think Andy dropped the ball on this one.
No, Roeser is not under heat.
How do you think the lakers could rebuilt and become a true contender once again? What would be on their GM’s mind? And do you think next season will be Blake Griffin’s season at the Clippers?
I fully expect Griffin to sign a long-term extension. No one, in the history of the league, has turned away the kind of offer he will get to stay. The Lakers have a real shot to be a contender. The team that beat them is in the NBA Finals. The gap isn’t as pronounced as you might think.
Rate these point guards from best to worst. Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley, Goran Dragic, Jeremy Lin, Isiah Thomas, and Kyrie Erving
Mike Conley, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, Jeremy Lin, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas – but that’s how I feel right now and ask me again tomorrow and I might give you a different order.
Any chance the Lakers swing on nba draft night. also what are the chances the Lakers roster is different come August.
I would say cap realities make it a post-draft move but then it’s certainly possible before then.
Who should the Warriors draft? I’m stuck on their selection.
I actually like Harrison Barnes there if he’s available.
Any chance Jose Calderon gets amnestied and if so, would he sign with the Lakers for the mini mle/vet min?
I don’t see Calderon amnesty.
Since you cover both LA’s, which team is better set up or the next 5 years?
If you start talking post-Bryant, then you’d have to say who has the best player on their roster. Bynum vs. Griffin? It’s really a toss-up because the long-term prospects for both teams are very uncertain.
Wouldn’t the Warriors be better off using the #7 overall pick to entice some team with cap room to take Biedrins off their hands? Or possibly package him w/Steph Curry to BOS (which will need a C) for Rondo?
If there’s a plan in place to use that Biedrins’ cap room then sure but if it’s just to save money? No.
I’m not sure Boston moves Rondo at this point and Curry has to prove healthy before he brings back something.
Who would say no?
D-Wade for Howard straight up
Helps both teams.
Orlando gets a star for years
Miami gets the big man
I’m not sure it makes sense for Orlando to take on an over-30 Wade for Howard.
All this talk of bynum for howard, wouldn’t the magic be happy with something over nothing? If the Lakers could offer Gasol with some kind of package of other players I’m sure the magic (especially if they pick the thunder asst. GM as their next GM)would at least consider the deal. Then, bynum for D-will would work for all cause D-will gets to play with Howard, and Brooklyn gets a good player in return.
(if lakes were really lucky, the nets throw in lopez too Maybe Mitch could orchestrate these deals at the same time a’la Shaq and kobe?
This will have to do for the week, thanks for chatting!
Mike, Something for nothing is overrated. If something means paying an aging veteran $19-20 million for two years, then it’s better to get nothing and start stripping out contracts until there’s true cap space.
I can’t say it’s not possible, so if you want to hold onto that go ahead, but I just don’t see a Gasol/Howard deal going down.
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