Players going to the Lakers

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#1 Jun 6, 2018 11:08am
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Players going to the Lakers

All this talk about Bron, PG13, KD, Kawhi and CP3 joining the Lakers this summer... and not one rumor about going to the Clippers. Maybe it’s all talk by the media (ESPN) and Fox. Will see what happens. I can’t go through the Lakers being relevant and we being mediocre.
Jun 6, 2018 11:15am
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It's because of LA media and the Lakers. The Lakers name draws in readers. Every Laker fan wants to read about players coming to their team. None of them wan't the actual truth that no big name free agents actually sign there. If you really think about it, who was the last big name free agent to sign there? Dwight, Gasol, Shaq, Nash all were brought in by trades. 

Jun 6, 2018 11:27am
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Also, agents always seem to use the Lakers as leverage to get concessions from other teams.

Regardless of the rumors, I just can't see LeBron going to a team whose fanbase hates him and whose roster still won't be good enough to beat the Warriors... and then there's the Big Baller circus. I don't think he'd ever make the Finals with the Lakers, just due to going up against this Warriors team with another trash supporting cast, and then the narrative would be that he couldn't do what Kobe did. Where's the upside for him? He already has a home and an entertainment business in LA, so even the typical sales pitch of the LA lifestyle is irrelevant.

Jun 6, 2018 11:54am
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No way Lebron is touching the Ball family, if they had taken Tatum I think there'd be some legs to some of these guys wanting to go there. Paul George is the only one they have a chance with because he might think his star will rise there, but I think they are going to realize if they haven't already that they'll need to trade Lonzo to a smaller market team.

Jun 6, 2018 12:01pm
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Same old shit been going on for the last decade.

Lakers are like catnip for the media and their fans are the most delusional in all of pro sports.

Jun 6, 2018 12:08pm
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I do think their young core has become a lot more attractive to play with. I mean it's possible if Kawhi really thinks he needs to elevate his star that he could consider going there if that is really what he wants. Otherwise I think Lavarr is going to hurt them trying to get most of these other guys.

Jun 6, 2018 12:11pm
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None of the current Lakers is untouchable. Compared to the development of Simmons and Tatum, I don't see the Lakers' young guys becoming franchise-level talent. If 2 franchise players wanted to go to the Lakers to form their own relevant squad, they should do it. LA is very appealing and Lakers ownership/management seems to have stabilized.

Between Lakers and Clippers, LA could accommodate 4 franchise players. The question is: which ones?

Personally I would seek guys under 30 who can play in a ball movement system. PG and Kawhi are my first choices of guys who might be available. Durant should consider moving for the sake of the competitive balance in the league. GSW is going to have a whopper of a luxury tax bill soon.

Jun 6, 2018 12:15pm
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The Lakers do deserve credit for drafting 3 useful players with potential in one year, not the easiest thing to do. But they are still far enough away real top tier players won't want to go there. I could however see them landing someone like Cousins or DeAndre by throwing a lot of money at them.
Jun 6, 2018 2:21pm
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Probably because we don't have cap space.  Also because we should be tanking.

Jun 6, 2018 2:32pm
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Aw the window.  The all important window.  It opens on July 1.  If you don't strike quickly you most often end up striking out.  I suspect Lebron, Kawhi, and Paul George are not going to be willing to make a commitment to any team on July 1.  So do the Lakers play their hand close to the vest and wait for one of them to break from their team or do the go after the second tier players like DJ or Cousins.  Free agency is always interesting and it is hard to tell which bad teams will make big bids for players on July 1 and which players will grab the money as soon as it becomes available.  Lakers in a precarious position as they always are.  Free agents may want to know whether the Lakers are keeping Randle before they commit.  So do they come out of the gate maxing him out (or at least close) or do they just not commit to him and hope the rest of the team is attractive enough.  Tough job the Lakers GM has. 

They did not get free agents before because guys did not want to play with Kobe.  Now that Kobe is gone they may do a better job of signing some guys.  Especially if they can get more money playing for the Lakers.

Jun 6, 2018 2:38pm
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Predrag Stojakovic was the first person during the 2006 offseason, to make a verbal commitment, on July 1st.

 

The New Orleans Hornets made the first move.

Jun 6, 2018 2:53pm
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As long as BBB is associated with the Lakers, no star will sign with them. 

Jun 6, 2018 5:12pm
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I feel like the Lakers are back to their all or nothing hopes. I can't see them "settling" on a non superstar free agent for long term money. At least not until after 2019's top tier. But yeah the cloud of BBB may do them in, I'd bet they just give out 1 year deals this offseason unless they can get one of the big guys.

Jun 6, 2018 9:29pm
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If I was anyone, in particular a guard, I would avoid the clippers at all costs because of Austin and his Dad

 

I think the Lakers have a fair shot at getting someone significant, instead of the clippers.

Jun 6, 2018 10:19pm
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SamIAm19 wrote:

If I was anyone, in particular a guard, I would avoid the clippers at all costs because of Austin and his Dad

 

I think the Lakers have a fair shot at getting someone significant, instead of the clippers.

I think you’re half right. If we keep the Rivers clan together, attracting FAs will be tough. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to deal with Lavar.
Jun 7, 2018 9:12am
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I was just thinking that LeBron and PG together makes more sense than either one going to the Sixers. Great teams need 3 point shooting and Simmons and Embiid aren't there yet.

Jun 7, 2018 11:16am
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What Houston did that was most effective against Golden State was their defense and Simmons, Covington and Embiid fit much better into playing that style of defense than anyone on the Lakers. Utah also had some success against Golden State in the regular season combining a mobile rim protector with long, smart, versatile defenders.