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Report: Lakers will wait for 2015 free agents like Kevin Love unless they can get LeBron (Sorry, Melo)

Mar 5, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

Kevin Love, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson

The Lakers are poised to make a big free agent splash this summer or the next, and Steve Nash is the lynchpin to the decision.

If the Lakers want to go big this offseason, they’ll use the stretch provision on Nash, spreading the amount they owe him across the cap the next three years.

But if they want to wait until 2015 to make their mark, they’ll keep Nash next season for the final year of his contract and be done with him (at least at that price).

Sounds like they’ve already made up their mind.

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:

And the fact is, as of this time, that Nash will get one last chance to play next season with the Lakers, who are not planning a free-agent spending spree this summer and are therefore thinking it does not make sense to use the stretch provision to waive Nash.

Everything goes out the window if LeBron James opts out of his Heat contract and is interested in the Lakers this summer, but otherwise the Lakers plan to piece a roster together again next season aroundKobe Bryant and save their cap space for 2015 free agents such as Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, Marc Gasol and maybe James.

“Yeah,” Nash said Tuesday night about the Lakers letting him play it out next season. “It sounds like it.”

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That’s bad news for Carmelo Anthony if he had any desire to join the Lakers. Even if Los Angeles weren’t his top choice, it’s one fewer potential option.

From the Lakers’ perspective, this makes sense.

I’d rather pair Kobe Bryant with Love, Aldridge or Gasol, anyway — maybe even Rondo too, health permitting. Melo and Kobe just overlap too much, and they’d step on each other’s toes more than they complement each other.

Obviously, LeBron is and should be the top priority if he’s interested, but that seems like a pipe dream.

Other 2014 free agents beyond those two are pretty underwhelming.

The real difference makers are in the class of 2015. Even if not all of them make it to free agency, the class of stars is deep enough that at least a few should. At that point, I like the Lakers’ odds of getting one.

I’m a little surprised the Lakers plan to take the patient approach, but they should be applauded if they follow through. It’s the right move.

  1. adoombray - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    That’s bad news for Carmelo? how so? do you just automatically assume that Melo wants to be there? and what is the assumption that playing for the Lakers would be “good news”?

    Donald Sterling is a better owner than Jim Buss is.

    • musicsportsgreatwomen - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Sterling is worst owner in pro sports in the States.The fact someone has him strong narcotics to shut his racist mouth this long of time is quite amazing. Jim Buss a non starter…

  2. bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Melo and Kobe on the same team would be an interesting science experiment. Would be interesting to see who could take more forced, contested shots, how many times can they score 30 points with 1 assist or less, who would try less on defense, how could they both take the last shot of the game with only 1 ball, etc…

    • Mr. Mo'Kelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      We saw “Melo and Kobe” on same team. It was Melo and Iverson on the same team in Denver.

      • notinmyhouse56 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Actually, you folks are definitely blinded with hatred. Kobe and Melo played together. On the same team. Twice. The result? Two gold medals from the Olympics. So why dont you STFU and return to riding LeBron’s d__k? It looks like a better idea, based on the fact you have nothing to say that actually make sense on this thread.

  3. bhunter1995 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    All of the players mentioned are pipe dreams. Who is leaving thier team to join a 36, going on 37 year old Kobe and a group of Rookies and young prospects. If guys like Melo, Love, Aldridge or Marc Gasol decide to sign with different teams in the offseason they will join teams that are almost contenders who need one more piece or a team that is already contending that could use another solid player. At this point, us Laker fans (yes I’m a Laker fan) should look forward to a few years of rebuilding before we are a target destination. Free agents want to go to teams with the potential to win a championship (unless they are trying to get paid, in which case they are probably overpriced i.e Big Al on the Bobcats), so after some high draft picks in the next 2-5 years (depending on how bad our records are and how well our picks pan out) we might be a high pofile destination again, the best thing for all parties involved is the waiving of Nash and smart developement regarding the young prospcts we have that can become better (Marshall, Brooks, Bazemore, Sacre, Kelly etc.)

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      As a Laker fan, this article sounds utterly ridiculous, in a word….delusional. Like the Knicks, the Lakers need to just blow it up, give a young coach a chance, and rebuild through the draft. I love the Mamba but he can’t revive a franchise by himself at this stage of his career.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        It’s not delusional. Every team with cap space is going to go after LeBron this year. The only team that will get him will be Miami, but even still, you’d have to be stupid to NOT go after him, even with no chance of getting him.

    • kb2408 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      So, where are all those “pipe dream” type players going to go? They can’t all go to the same team. No matter how the LAKERS look today, they are still a destination that star players will find attractive. NBA stars still want to play on the biggest stage and the LAKERS and Knicks are the biggest. However, the Knicks don’t win. Taking the reigns to the leagues most glamorous franchise still has a great amount of appeal. Just watch and see how this all shakes out. The LAKERS will get, at the least, one of those “pipe dream” type players you mentioned. And perhaps even two.

      • bhunter1995 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        There are a lot of teams that need a piece or two. The fact is, the Lakers are a bottom dweller right now and if you think that Hollywood and stars on courtside > title contension, you are wrong. Kobe is.on n his way out and can’t carry a team anymore. Pau is leaving, Nash is 40. Who is left? A glorified D League team, a squad made up of guys who have been cut and bounced aroumd getting 5-10 minutes a game. You are the type of delusional fan that makes real NBA/Laker fans look bad. What F/As have the Lakers signed recently if it is such a good destination? Swaggy P??? Cmon son if everybody wants to be a Laker why didn’t we pick up some of the guys who were waived? At the end of the day every team needs to start over at one point or amother. If K Love joined the Lakers all it would guarantee would be bad picks and bad playoff seeding, which is the absolute worst place to be, our future is in the draft.

      • thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        bhunter, the Lakers haven’t signed any major free agents lately because they’ve had zero cap space. They could only sign MIN players. C’mon son, as you like to say. Take your head out of the ground.

        The Lakers suck now, celebrate it hard. Enjoy it. You are very bitter. Then realize that once they have cap space, they’ll be able to make moves.

        What will they have? Kobe, who many players respect even if you don’t. A franchise type rookie from this next draft. All the current “D-League” guys……will be gone. Yea the last time I checked, they hadn’t signed those guys to 3-5 year deals. The only person on this team now, that will be on the team in 2 years is Kobe.

        Now remove head from posterior.

      • thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Oh….and at that point, in 2 years, where Kobe is the only Laker still here…..he’ll be a massive expiring deal. Meaning in 2016, they can add another franchise changing type free agent.

        Weird.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        you ask by didn’t the lakers pick up some of the waived guys, well that’s simple. Those guys want to join contenders, and lakers didn’t want them.. Just because lakers aren’t contenders this season doesn’t mean they can’t be very soon. You say build through the draft, and this season they have a chance to draft a franchise player. Why should they pass on love? So they can hopefully draft someone as good as love in the future? What you don’t realize is that they are starting over, and they have the chance to build something great. Stop being so consumed by the present and look at the future, as I’m sure free agents would do. Pau, Kobe, and Nash, are not a part of the lakers pitch to free agents, pay attention please.

      • bhunter1995 - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Dano I’m a laker fan, I’m just a realistic one. If you think any of the players mentioned in this article will go to LA you need to remove your head from your ass. The author said Rondo AND Love LOL. Lets get realistic. You act like Kobe attracts free agents, in the words of Nelly who shut down the first take clowns, people are taking pay cuts to play with Lebron, nobody is begging to play with an on ball scorer at age 37 who has always been and always will be a me first player, who was the last big time free agent the Lakers paired with Kobe….. MWP???

        One good player from the draft =/= competitiveness, the Lakers need a solid bench and a solid starting five you act like these players will materialize out of thin air and you also act as if the sales pitch of “we might be good in a couple of years if our picks work out” is better then the sales pitch of the teams that are already competitive.

        We might be able to pick up some solid starters, and some good role players, but if you think that Kevin Love who is extremely frustrated in Minnesota or any othe big name who is ring chasing, will go to another struggling team on the hope that the management will do a good job you are probably going to end up wrong.

      • bhunter1995 - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Also dano it seems to me that you forget the existence of every other team in the NBA. Sure the Lakers will have the ability to sign a big time FA in the summer of 2015, but why would a big time FA sign with the Lakers if they are also being courted by half the teams in the league (some of which will be competitive playoff teams seeking that last piece). Sure LA has a good nightlife and it has good weather, but those are small factors in comparison to the two biggest factors $$$$ and winning. Getting a guy like Love or Rondo or Aldridge (who will probably re sign in portland) isn’t as easy as saying “Avg 70 degrees F and Denzel by the half court, now ignore the fact that we won’t be making the playoffs for a couple years”. Being competitive isn’t as simple as getting two really good players. You need depth, and a good supporting cast that can defend. Getting that isn’t as easy as you like to make it seem, just look at half of the NBA.

      • thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Bhunter…..I never said I agreed with the author, but you’re over the top.

        When Shaquille came to LA……who was the draw? No one it was a bunch of D league guys. The Lakers are a destination. I don’t know who, or their reasonings for coming…..but the Lakers will make at least 1 major acquisition before Kobe is done. Probably 2-3. Shaquille, Gasol, Howard……the Lakers make moves.

        Sorry the seasons bummed you out so much that you’ve forgotten that….

      • thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Also, you acquire the major players…..then get the pieces. Just like the Lakers, Celtics, Heat have all done in the past 10 years. Depth comes after the main additions……or ideally with them

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      that’s so short sighted. Whoever wants to sign with the lakers will be thinking about the rest of their career, not one year as you are doing. Nothing is ever certain, but the lakers will be in a great position for the future, and I think it’s one of the cities in the nba that can attract star free agents, due to the large market. Kevin love has said that he’s seen all the stars team up to go for championships and he wants to be a part of that. As much as minnesota improves and becomes a solid team, what star is going to sign there to push them over the top? His best chance to do that is in a big market, and as much as fans don’t want to hear that, it’s true.

      • au1978 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        I’m not saying that Kevin Love won’t find the Lakers attractive in the future, but if this is the way they’re thinking, I find it hard to believe they will be successful in the next 5 years. They agreed to pay Kobe almost $50 million for the next 2 seasons without seeing him set his foot on the court once this season. They actually want a 41 year old to be their starting point guard next year. They want to forego going after Melo b/c he may not mesh with Kobe. Wouldn’t it be better to go after Melo this season even if he and Kobe have a few problems, so whoever they go after next season will at least see that the Lakers are serious about attaining to contender status again? If all they are banking on is who is going to mesh with Kobe the next 2 years, I don’t see them contending again until at least 2017-2018

      • rnegades - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:39 AM

        au1978, bhunter1995 et al:

        What are you guys smoking? Money, fame and competitiveness talk (generally in that order). The Lakers have ALL THREE. The Dwightmare experiment didn’t work and a freak injury to Nash has compounded into a series of injuries which are basically career ending at his age. While the Lakers are NOT competitive this year (nor will they be in 2014-15), they weren’t really meant to be with Kobe and Nash both down and Howard in Houston.

        Hence: no player being signed past next year besides Kobe and Robert Sacre. Like Dano said above, Kobe is an EXPIRING contract after 2 years.

        The Lakers dumped every player/salary they could. They would’ve dumped Pau as well at the deadline if they had received another decent 1st rounder in either of the next two seasons. More to the point, most people who believe they are FANS of basketball, simply have no clue as to WHY the Lakers are paying Kobe that obscene amount of money: he represents $100’s of millions in revenue both domestically and abroad. Do some homework and you’ll find out Kobe’s worth to both the team AND the NBA in ticket sales (more so at away games where 1/2 empty arenas are SOLD OUT for Laker Games), jersey/memorabilia sales, corporate sponsorships, national television contracts, etc. Furthermore, the Lakers have a history of paying out those players who made them money as they walk out the door. Nice little going away present as a way of saying ‘Thank You’.

        The Lakers will have to suffer through ONE MORE YEAR of the Dwightmare debacle. D’Antoni’s contract is done (it would be hard to envision them buying him out while paying HIM and Mike Brown to NOT be coaching the Lakers along with the salary of a new coach next year), Pau, Nash, Meeks, Swaggy P, Kaman and every other player too. The rationale for NOT waiving Nash and stretching his contract over three seasons has to do with the fact that they’re not interested in Melo and are assuming that the King stays in Florida. So, they might as well have the potential to get a few fleeting minutes from a backup PG with a Hall of Fame Pedigree.

        They’re not going to be competitive NEXT SEASON. Don’t be surprised when they tank again just like they did this season and get another top draftee.

        Kobe is NOT the future of this franchise and both the Lakers and Kobe himself are aware of this. Hence: TWO YEARS of contract.

        As for that over-hyped player in New York… Melo is a very poor version of Kobe (at the same age and every year prior): he scores. That’s it. Poor shot selection and one of THE WORST DEFENDERS in the league (Kobe has been All-Defensive 1st team recipient NINE TIMES). Doesn’t pass. Locker room headache. Can’t make anyone around him better. NOT a winner. He’s more like A.I. in that he has some great individual abilities; but can’t be the cornerstone of a winning team. Someone will WASTE the money on him; won’t be the Lakers though.

        The Lakers are looking at a top lottery pick this season in one of the strongest Rookie classes in a decade. For the reasons above, they’ve already made it apparent they’re not planning on being competitive next season either barring a sudden change in LeBron’s favored destination. Thus, they have the potential for ANOTHER top draft pick following the 2015 season. So, TWO potential franchise rookies to go with Kobe playing mentor and one or two of the TOP free-agents in the 2015 class. That gives them plenty of potential.

        2016 Kobe is off the books and they can fetch another top F/A.

        Finally, there IS the fame and off-court endorsements such fame brings from being in one of 4 cities: New York, Chicago, Miami and LOS ANGELES. 4 of the teams in those cities have ZERO CAP SPACE. Let’s scratch our heads and figure out which does.

        As for contending teams acquiring good aging veterans in search of a ring, it’s an instantaneous thing if the club can eat the cash. Put 2 top F/A’s with another All-Star (Miami) or bring in the best PG in the NBA (who SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LAKER) and match him up with a young, high-fly act of an All-Star (Lob City) and it’s just like Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will come. OVERNIGHT. Same held true for the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, and Bulls in previous generations/iterations.

        So, Laker Fans. Take a deep breath and relax. The Lakers continue to vie with the Knicks for the highest revenue in the NBA. They’ve dumped all contracts. They have a high lottery draft this year and potentially one next year. They spend. They have the media, the fame and the endorsements that Uber-Superstars seek. They’re in FULL rebuilding mode and have set themselves up to do it over a 2-3 year period (inclusive of 2013-14) which coincides perfectly with the window for some of the league’s best Free Agents.

        The rest of the league: please return to your usual program of Laker Hating.

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Also, when you say they should look to rebuild, what exactly do you mean? The lakers have a great draft pick this summer, and a ton of cap space. The following summer, they have no draft pick, so what else do you expect them to do besides go for the top free agents and create a new dynasty?

      • sellahh - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        @stayhigh_247
        as a Laker fan, there is nothing to blow up. We have Nash, Sacre and Kobe signed for next season and that’s it. Stretching Nash contract would only take away from 2015 cap space which is what the Lakers should be waiting for anyway.

    • Professor Fate - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Lakers are working on gathering the necessary support pieces in order to attract FAs in 2015. Nash will be off the books by then (Gasol will be off the end of this season) and Bryant will be on his extension. That will leave plenty of money to attract a couple of big-name players.

      Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks, Kendall Marshall, Kent Bazemore, Robert Sacre, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill, and perhaps a few others will get a chance to make the club next year. Jordan Farmar and/or Nick Young may get re-signed. The team has a decent draft pick in the first round of this next draft and none of note for some time unless they continue to stink and pick 1-5 in ’15 or 1-3 in ’16, otherwise that pick goes to Phoenix. 2014/15 will be the year of the rebuild, 2015 will be the year the Lakers sign an impact FA or two.

      The Lakers’ history alone makes them a destination for FAs. Throw in the weather, the city, and the endorsement opportunities (to say nothing of fantasizing about becoming a movie star) and L.A. is always in the mix when it comes to a free agent wondering where to go next.

      I don’t see the Lakers pursuing next year’s class of FAs very hard, but the following year they will be ready to attract and sign a couple of impact players. Another year revamping the roster and perhaps one more getting back into the playoff picture.

    • SHGfoto - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Um, it’s hard to build by the draft when you’ve traded away your picks in 2015 & 2017. So Lakers need to get lucky in this year’s draft lottery, and get one of the top prospects. Though since this draft is deep, as long as they’re in the top 5 or 6 picks, they’ll get a good player like Smart or Exum. Then in 2015, Love isn’t as farfetched as it may seem, since he’s a homeboy, played his ball at UCLA, and supposedly off the record has expressed an interest to return to SCal. Due to cap restrictions, teams are largely built around two stars today, so drafting one, and signing another as a free agent is a viable way to rebuild.

  4. wkl21 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Melo? Lakers already have a ball hog!

    • kb2408 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      A “ball hog” with 5 rings and a spot in the top 10 players of all time. Not too shabby if you ask me.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        *Top 5

        I’m sure that was a mistake. Top 10 sounds too disrespectful for the great Mamba. :-D

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Robert Horry has 7 rings… Kobe road Shaq’s coattails for his first three rings. Please, just LOOK up BOTH the regular season and playoff stats during those three seasons they won rings together.

        It was Shaq’s team and it was Shaq that lead them to those titles.

        Even one of the titles Kobe won without Shaq, LOOK up his Finals stats… they were terrible. The Lakers won despite Kobe’s play.

        Also, don’t take my word for it, but simply Google “top ten NBA players of all time”. Many articles and folks do NOT have Kobe in the top ten all time.

        Yes, some do, but not all. One may make a very easy case that he is not a top 10 all time player.

        Kobe IS good, very good, an all time great… but he is overrated. He is not a top ten player all time, more like in the 11 to 15 range. Again, this is NOT just me as there are MANY articles about this online.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        the support for your bogus argument is to google what other idiots think?

      • onlyavoice - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        5 rings as a piece, not the one who brings everyone together (Ball hog ego maniac)
        No one wants to play with Kobe, No One.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        aboogy

        I said to Google other articles so ya’ll don’t just have to take my word for it. There are MORE than just me that think this is what I was getting at.

        Most don’t have Kobe as a top ten player.

      • ozarkannie74 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Not playing right now either – and almost 41 years old – do you think he’ll still have the stamina to be “great” in couple of years – if he even gets back on the court? Melo takes the shots because there’s no one else that can make it – he’s just trying to win – and they did win last night, finally!

    • spthegr8 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      @WkI21
      “Trolls’ will be “Trolls”!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      A ball hog that is 32nd all-time in assists.

      • Mr. Mo'Kelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        He is 32…because most guards don’t play 18+ years. That is a Craig Biggio accumulation stat. Not indicative of ball sharing.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        And not too many players play 18 years at the ELITE level that Kobe’s played at. As a matter of fact, NOBODY has played at that top 3 level that late into their career. Not even Jordan. So you’re argument just defeated itself.

      • rnegades - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:53 AM

        4.8 assists per game for a CAREER isn’t all that shabby son!

      • rnegades - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:54 AM

        4.8 assists PER GAME for a career? That’s a Biggio accumulation stat?

  5. dirtboxdave - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Talk about a load. None of those players are going to LA. What kind of drugs are the doing over there?

  6. aboogy123456 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    The author of this article and many fans think that kobe and carmelo overlap too much to be successful, but I don’t think that’s true at all. Stars will overlap when they both need the ball to be successful, but that’s not the case with kobe and melo. They both are good in isolation, but they also both can thrive by being an off the ball scorer. I think they would actually pair well and make it easier on each other. They also both have the winning mentality and respect for each other, so there would be no locker room type issues.

    • heat256 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Yeah, until Kobe murders Melo for going iso and losing the game on a bad last shot. yeah, I don’t foresee any problems there either.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Kobe is an excellent off the ball player… Melo has yet to show consistent ability off the ball.

      • bkbell3 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Maybe you should check him out in the Olympics

    • unxpexted1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      It’s not that they both need the ball to be successful, its where they both like to operate on the floor. Both players like that mid post area of the floor to do their work, i think that’s the problem more than anything.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I was thinking that melo would be more of a post player and stretch 4 in this offense, but I think you bring up a good point that’s true. I’ll counter people when they say that both are ballhogs but I think that post area point is important, and as kobe gets older he will rely on it more.

    • bjswoosh805 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      yeah idk why this got a lot of thumbs down? i think it be exciting to experiment with the two.
      I play ball and im not saying im an expert or anything like that but Kobe with Melo is dangerous duo. Kobe as a P&R handler and Melo as his screener would be a perfect bread and butter play. Having two scorers like kobe&melo in the same team only takes the pressure off each other offensively and it produces better shot quality rather than forced or bad shots.

    • rnegades - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      Melo IS a locker room issue!

  7. slater1997 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    The article says Sorry Melo in the headline, but Sorry Writer, Melo has no interest in going to the Lakers. Neither does LeBron. A guy in a situation like Rondo might, but I don’t see him as being a savior for the franchise. Yes, LA does have the potential to lure star players just because it’s LA, but the current management has to show they are capable of building a winner before they can get a huge star again, and I don’t have that much confidence in the current management….we miss you Dr. Buss!

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Yes! Lakers looking like they have a plan! A smart plan. Yeah it’s gonna suck to suck 2 years in a row (one could argue 3, but at least we made the playoffs) but it’s what’s best.

    Only thing I can’t see Kob’ being too thrilled, his career is winding to an end, is he really willing to watch another season pass him by (“he did that to himself by not insisting on taking a ‘real’ paycut”…there, I did it for you. Now I don’t want to hear about it!)?

    That means the last year Kobe plays, they need to go all in for that Chip or all this was done in vein. But it’s a great plan for us though, not so much for Kobe.

    Thank God Jimmy is not gonna make Mitch go all Joe Dumars on us and just spend the cap space just because we have it (Ben Gordon, Charlie Villinueva, Josh Smith) though. That’s definitely a good sign.

  9. kamauthabiti - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    stop with the makeup stuff.

    • musicsportsgreatwomen - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Who is writing this original piece of nonsense ?
      Likely some fat slob whose hands are full of chips and Slurpees and never
      lifted anything higher than a beer mug…
      Crazy sh&t .

      The Lakers need a new coach that a fact, and need for Jim Buss to get his ass out of town. After that, a couple ofthese what if stories will make some sense, but for now stop dreaming and be in the moment please..

  10. mogogo1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Are these just the writer’s own personal ramblings? Or does the Lakers management actually share some of these crazy views? You might quietly dream LeBron leaves Miami, but to talk about it publicly makes you sound delusional. And some of these hodge-podge lineups mentioned sound about as successful as what they had with Nash/Kobe/Howard.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      “You might quietly dream LeBron leaves Miami, but to talk about it publicly makes you sound delusional.”

      Do you see any direct quotes from Lakers management saying that? So in what world are they talking about anything publicly?

  11. thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Hell hath no fury like bhunter scorned…..

    The Lakers are a destination team. A team that spends and does what it takes to win. A marquee free agent will chose the Lakers, regardless of your hate for Kobe Bryant. Were the Miami Heat a destination team before Wade/Bosh/Lebron came together? No. The Lakers will have a franchise type player from the upcoming draft (there are 5-7 available). You’re the guy who said Kobe would never win another title after Shaq…..and you piped off happily, until out of nowhere they acquired Gasol and made 3 straight Finals appearances. The teams winning now…..don’t always have the cap space to absorb another $15-20 mil deal. These free agents will not take massive cuts, some might, most won’t. Love is an obvious choice in LA. Worst case scenario for him…..his team still stinks.

    For the couple saying the Lakers should “blow it up.” What the heck do you think they are doing? They hung on to Gasol, and other expiring deals versus acquiring assets. They are going to hold Nash another year to prepare for 2015. They are going to have a top pick in this draft. They’ve blown it up. A bottom of the league team has been the result.

    FYI championship teams are rarely built simply through the draft. I can’t name one in recent memory other than the Spurs. The Heat, Celtics, Lakers were built through free agency and trades. FACT

    OKC, cute team. Call me when they win something.

    • bhunter1995 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      #1 Pau was acquired through a trade not as a FA.

      #2 The heat had D Wade, who was the second best shooting guard in the league

      #3 The last true franchise player the Lakers got in free agency was Shaq

      #4 I’m a Laker fan, I am a massive Kobe fan, I dropped 100 bucks on a game sized Kobe jersey from Adidas so stop calling me a hater when I am saying the truth, your just blinded by fandom.

      #5 You said the Celtics/Lakers championship teams were built through free agents and trades, when in reality they were almost completely built through trades.

      #6 OKC isn’t a “cute” team they made the Finals, also look at the Trailblazers, GS, Pacers, Raptors, Suns, and Wizards. All of these teams are finding success through the draft.

  12. azarkhan - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    The Lakers are yesterday’s news.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Yesterdays, todays and tomorrows.

  13. billtetley53 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Not so Sie their draft future is all that bright.
    2014 have the 1st, 2nd to the Bucks
    2015 1st to Suns, 2nd to Magic
    2016 have both picks
    2017 1st to Magic, 2nd they have.

    As to the free agents…. Irving is restricted-out
    If they draft Embiid = Hibbert/Gasol out.
    They don’t fit in uptempo anyway.
    Pick between Love or Aldridge or Milsap same position, the others are out.
    That leaves Parsons and Rondo

    Rondo is the centerpiece of a team with:
    2 first rounders in 2014,2016, and 2018.
    That’s 8 first rounders in the next 4 years, they are going to have maneuverablity to trade and get better fast, or draft the future. I doubt Rondo leaves Boston.
    Parsons has it good in Houston.

    For the sake of argument lets say they get Love and Parsons.

    Line-up of Embiid at C
    Love at PF
    Parsons at SF
    Kobe at SG
    Marshall at PG
    and scraps for the rest of the team.

    That scares no one.

    It is a pipe dream kb2408, that la will get 2.
    Kobe needs to stay healthy also, he’s breaking down and age is undefeated.

    Keep dreaming though, its fun to point and laugh at you delusional tools.

    Dallas has cap space too, and no state tax. That offsets a lot, just ask Dwight Howard “.he’LL never choose Houston over L.A.” right?

    So,

    • bhunter1995 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      We have our first round pick for 2014. Its impossible to trade a pick if you have already traded a pick for the previous year or in the next year. So if you trade a 2013 firat rounder you can’t trade a 2014 firat rounder. So we do actually have our 2014 pick and our 2016 picks.

    • thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Maybe they end up with Embiid, but hardly the lock you base your whole argument on. What if it’s Randle? What if it’s Exum?

      What if Irving forces his way out of Cleveland? What if Minnesota trades a departing Kevin Love, next year? What if…….. Each year teams that are suppose to be decent, stink (Knicks). At the beginning of the year, Melo was a lock to resign. Now my guess is he’s a lock to leave town….probably to the Bulls. You can’t accurately predict what will happen in 2015, and who it’ll scare…..right now. Teams will fall apart, players will demand trades. Other players will emerge out of no where (L. Stephenson, etc). Kendall Marshall is not the starter in LA in 2 years. The only Laker who’s still on the team in 2 years is Kobe. If hey strike out in 2015…..Kobe’s deal is expiring and they have that much more cash for 2016.

    • thedano - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      All Lakers fans didn’t think Howard will choose LAL over HOU. I think many Lakers fans assumed Howard would probably be gone. Some of those weren’t even that disappointed…..because, what has Howard won??

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Howard has won exactly what Melo has won!

        Except Howard has done much better in the playoffs than Melo, his team and him individually.

        Howard played in and lost in a finals, Melo hasn’t sniffed a finals.

        Melo’s career playoff winning percentage is only .338% and his individual stats in his career playoff games isn’t good, much worse than his regular season stats.

        Melo, in 21 playoff games with the Knicks has shot less than 30% from 3 pt range.

        But, in the grand scheme, they’ve both won nothing but Howard has a better track record when he gets to the playoffs, to produce better than Melo does when one goes to look up the stats.

      • thedano - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        I don’t see anyone claiming Melo or Howard are winners…..?

  14. unxpexted1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I mean this is the right play. No free agent is worth going all in for this summer except Lebron, even though I’d argue Chris Bosh would be very valuable to LA but I doubt he’s going to leave unless he’s getting max money which i’m not sure he should get.

    The best play is to go for 2015 because there are more options, and even if you dont’ get your primary choice(which appears to be love) there are still other valuable assetts available. No need to go ALL in this summer

  15. urodaddy07 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    You cannot rebuild around Kobe. I believe he can be a great piece in a good team, but he cannot, at his age be the focal point. I also honestly don’t believe you can win in the post season at all if you can’t play defense. LA needs a different coach. You cannot win in the playoffs without defense. People argue that LA has overachieved this year. I disagree. D’Antoni does not teach defense and it shows. These are young guys, defense is about effort and a coach needs to insist on effort. D’Antoni does not. There is no reason a bunch of young guys should not defend better than they currently do. I figure there are a few mores games they could have won if they played defense. LA needs a new coach ad much as try need a better roster.

  16. onlyavoice - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    if the lakers were serious they would have gotten rid of kobe

  17. urodaddy07 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    LA lost 132-125 lot NOP. NOP is not a good offensive team. No, this was not an overtime game.

    • urodaddy07 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      A little defense is all I ask. LA needs a new coach

  18. wtfruthinkn - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    This is an easy decision for two reasons: there was little chance they would have persuaded Melo to come to LA anyway (especially since he was the one who chased D’Antoni out of NY), and Nash will have a $9 mil expiring contract next season. That alone has value. The stretch provision gives them nothing in return. Even Jimbo can do the math on that one…

  19. billtetley53 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    It was a “for instance” Dano.

    If they draft frontcourt, a lot of those free agents would be redundant.

  20. billtetley53 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Dano, it was a “for instance”. Any frontcourt player is going to take a lot of the free agents mentioned out of the equation due to redundancy.

    Plug Marcus Smart in, that leaves Rondo out. Plug Randle in, it leaves the PF players out……

    • thedano - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      It doesn’t matter who’s left out, or who’s in. It’s too early to say. Rondo could blow another ACL and not be a factor. Dante Exum could get drafted and become the best PG in the league……or be a complete bust. The point is….they have options. Top draft pick this year, money available….and LA is a destination.

      The proof is Shaq coming here……when LAL hadn’t won in many years and they had a mismatched squad of average players.

  21. csbanter - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Aldridge plays for the Blazers great fan base, up and coming team, what can LA offer him to top that.

  22. joescan54 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    LeBron won’t come to LA (Lakers actually). He won’t play with Kobe and the rest of the supporting cast are not championship material. D’Antoni is not a championship coach. The next year Kobe will be in the last year of his contract and some of these players may put up with him for one year.

  23. billtetley53 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Too bad their 2015 pick belongs to The Suns…..kinda pokes a hole in your whole theory.
    Giving thank you contracts in this cba is idiotic.
    Basing your future on HOPING you can get a free agent to come? Good luck, none of the guys talked about is a franchise changer.
    Your delusion is running very high, my biased friend.
    L.A. is going to stink for longer than just next year, quit kidding yourself.

    What happens when those free agents choose $ over L.A.?

    I love watching you tools trying to talk yourself into how fast the “return to glory” is going to be.

    You amuse me, like a clown.

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