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01 Aug 2017 22:17:39
2018 Line up:
Ed. Davis

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25 Jul 2017 16:13:03
Lakers predictions for the playoffs, starters stats and team stats

PG: Lonzo Ball
12.7 ppg, 10.1apg, 6.7 rpg, 1.6 spg, 2.3TO

15.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.1TO

SF: Brandon Ingram
19.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg 2TO

PF: Julius Randle
15.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 0.7 spg, 1.0 bpg, 2.5TO

C: Brook Lopez
22.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.4 spg, 2.1 bpg, 1.0TO

PLAYOFFS - teams in West that are better:
Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, OKC, Wolves
-teams a little better
Blazers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Nuggets.

Final verdict - fighting for 8th seed against Nuggets and Grizzlies.

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29 Jul 2017 00:58:35
Gm I would include the Pelicans and Jazz fighting into that final spot as well. It will be interesting to see how the Lakers match up against the Blazers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Pelicans and Jazz.

03 Aug 2017 09:48:28
The West is stacked. I don't see how we're a top 10 team in the conference this year.

14 Jul 2017 23:42:39
I see Kuzma becoming a start him and lonzo are so perfect as a fit
We need to unload Deng
(Julius+2019 First+Deng )

I see us being very close if not above .500


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17 Jul 2017 07:11:39
i like kuzma but it's too early to pull the trigger on randle.

18 Jul 2017 05:26:27
We're going to have to get rid of randle anyway if we want george and another superstar.

19 Jul 2017 18:16:40
No point to trade any young talent until we get that first star. Unfortunately I don't see George leaving OKC. I hope he convinces Westbrook to come to LA with him. But that's not going to happen.

12 Jul 2017 21:23:00
Magics mission is to try to unload Deng. Randle and Clarkson are the only pieces that should be aloud to leave. Both are solid role players but not star quality. And both can't play D. And both are pricey for the contributions. Randle will be restricted next year and obtain $12+ mill. Clarkson is $11 mill and Deng $15+. That's $35+ in future salaries. Unload them. Free up all the cap space we can for the next two off seasons. It's their plan. How does knowone else see this? If we can dump them for expiring contracts this season then we have so much cap space moving forward. Popes $18 mill.
Lopez' $22.5. That's $75 million in cap space. You can sign 3 maxes if they sign at a low max in order to form a super team. Plus have Ball, Ingram, Zubac, Nance, Kuzma, Hart, and Bryant.

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13 Jul 2017 02:23:18
Problem with that plan is that there are no reason to think we will attract 3 max players. I don't see George coming here unless they have a horrible season in OKC and the Lakers are close to .500. I understand that we need to get rid of Dengs contract but if nobody signs we get rid of some young talent for nothing. I still think Magic jumped the gun with Russell. If nobody sings next year and Lopez leaves we got rid of Russell for nothing. And with the west getting stronger one star won't make us a contender.

14 Jul 2017 23:58:20
Don't see that as his current mission. Deng is a productive player still unlike Mozgov and he can match current NBA. Best bet is to wait another year when teams will be willing to take him on for his 2 remaining years/ buyout his contract for less or to wait until the trade deadline in February. Depending on how good Randle, Nance plays, Lakers can unload him with Randle at the deadline and start Nance.

12 Jul 2017 18:50:45
Sign Rondo to the midlevel exception.

Lakers 2017-18 Roster:
Ball - Rondo - Nwaba
KCP - Clarkson - Hart
Ingram - Deng
Randle - Nance Jr - Kuzma
Lopez - Zubac - Bryant

As of right now the Lakers would go into 2018 free agency with 9 players and about $50 to spend (not including Randle's restricted free agency hold).

The Lakers could have enough for 2 max contracts if they trade Clarkson for a draft pick, or pair an asset (Randle) with Deng in a cap clearing trade.

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12 Jul 2017 20:34:08
Right now for 2018 the cap space is at $57.7M if the salary cap is $99M like this year. Hopefully it goes up to at least $102M next off season so the Lakers can sign those 2 allstars without giving up anybody. Right now teams willing to take Deng want Ingram which isn't happening. I say let's not worry about Deng's contract and hope he improves.

Now if the Lakers are over the cap with 2 allstars potentially coming in there will be a tough decision to make. Hate to see Randle walk yet alone for nothing but that might be what happens.

14 Jul 2017 13:25:50
Ingram, Ball, Nance Jr., Zubac, Kuzma, and Hart's contracts combine for $20,381,422 for the 2018-19 season. Factor in a 2way contract with Bryant and you're looking at $21.5 mil at most for a solid 7 man young core all on rookie contracts. I'd rather have Randle's restricted free agent hold against our cap next year than Clarkson's $12.5 mil, because we can make him an unrestricted free agent to clear his cap hold (what Detroit did to KCP) .

I believe the Lakers can get a future late 1st round pick for Clarkson. Worst case scenario we have to stretch Deng at the end of the year, leaving us with a $7,362,000 mil cap hit over 5 years. That adds up to just under $29 mil, not including Randle's cap hold. With the expected $102 mil salary cap, we'd be looking at $73 mil to spend. A George and Cousins pairing still leaves us with the ability to resign Randle at market value. A starting line up of Ball, Ingram, George, Randle, Cousins with a bench of at least Hart, Nance Jr., Kuzma, and Zubac could be in the Western Conference Finals.

14 Jul 2017 18:52:23
I am going to start with your thoughts on the stretch provision first. In the 2011 CBA it was 5 years stretch with 1 year remaining on the contract. That doesn't apply to Deng.
In the new 2017 CBA a player must play 2 season with the team which Deng will after this season and the stretch will be over 3 years now. So if Deng is owed $36M over 2 season the Lakers can stretch for 3 making it $12M per the following 3 years.

Clarkson- The Lakers attempted to trade Clarkson for a first outright this year and nobody wanted to take on the contract without giving up salary. It will be worst next year. The problem is a lot of teams want to do the same thing and that is clear cap space. Lakers have a lot of difficult decision to make cause your right they have Randle to worry about then also Brook Lopez. The pairing of George and Cousins is fine but I think Magic Johnson wants the pairing of Paul George with Lebron James instead. With James Lakers will need players around him and that is where we need to see Clarkson in the line up. Lopez might be a better fit for Walton's system than Cousins plus cheaper.

15 Jul 2017 11:25:55
Thank you for informing me of the new stretch provision change. Even with that cap hit, we would have enough to pay Randle and have 2 max contracts.

As for Clarkson, the bonus with his contract is that it's up the year Anthony Davis is a free agent. If Cousins leaves next summer, everyone will expect him to look elsewhere due to the Pelicans lack of assets and being cap strapped. This free agency and draft had an abundance of guards, which may have saturated his market. The remainder of his contract will look more appealing next year with about $25 mil left over 2 years. If not a late 1st rounder, maybe an early 2nd round pick from a rebuilding team. If we pull off signing LeBron then we would have to convince Lopez to take a huge hometown pay cut. I like his game, but would prefer George and Cousins as it fits positional needs and their young ages allows us to contend for championships as soon as the warriors decline.

10 Jul 2017 03:30:25
Prediction for Laker roster. I'm not seeing us getting a key free agent.

PG Ball/
SG Clarkson/ Hart/ Nwaba
SF Ingram/ Brewer/ Deng
PF Randle/ Nance/ Kuzma
C Lopez/ Zubac/ Bryant
But we need more PG's. Who is left that might actually come for a one year deal?

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10 Jul 2017 17:58:16
These are the players the Lakers are targeting. You are correct. No key free agents are coming this year and it is set up that way. Lakers are only looking at 1 year deals so there is a limit cause players that the Lakers were interested in are getting multi year deals. I think the Lakers should sign Brandon Jennings and Shabazz Muhammad as the final 2 spots. Ball isn't going to score a lot and Hart will probably be limited in scoring this season so the Lakers really need to get a scorer. Caldwell Pope would be my second choice but he will command a lot of money for a 1 year deal.

Rodney Stuckey
Kentavious Caldwell Pope
Rajon Rondo
Shabazz Muhammad
Tony Allen
Thabo Sefolosha
Brandon Jennings
Arron Afflalo.

12 Jul 2017 17:02:22
Wow. We actually got KCP. Now if we can get a cheap veteran PG.

12 Jul 2017 23:13:23
Lakers have waived David Nwaba to sign Caldwell Pope.

Lakers will either sign as a back up PG Rondo, Ennis, Clark, Stuckey or Canaan with the mid level. It's tough to predict who takes the offer cause all of them are getting multi year offers.

13 Jul 2017 02:27:39
If we do a sign and trade for KCP let's say for a future 2nd do we get his bird rights and be able to resign him next year and go over the cap?

13 Jul 2017 04:36:14
Normally yes but KCP was renounced by the Pistons.

10 Jul 2017 01:24:36
I saw this lineup and thought it wasn't bad if the play at NBA level is decent.

PG: Ball/Clarkson
SG: Ingram/Nwaba/Hart
SF: Kuzma/Deng/Brewer
PF: Randle/Nance/Bryant
C: Lopez/Zubac

Now I know that summer league is and should be taken with a grain of salt but I like the versatility of the lineup. This is, of course, if Lakers cannot grab anyone.
I see two primary SGs to target. Caldwell-Pope and Aaron Afflalo.

-Caldwell-Pope wanted the max from DET. Doubt he gets it. His DUI is a bad look for teams. If he takes the Lakers 1Y 19M deal and improves his stock, he can get that max from another team. Brooklyn was another team to sign him. I do think they make him an offer but he's a SG and the Nets have Russell who should be their SG. Should is the key word. Russell is obviously better at SG than PG.

-Afflalo is not the 3&D player he once was but he would be a good fit for the lineup. A good locker room presence and smart player. He would fare well next to Lonzo and he would also be playing for hometown

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01 Jul 2017 03:24:59
WTF? That's all it took to get George? What did the Lakers offer?

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01 Jul 2017 04:47:49
The Thunder took a bad offer. The Lakers offered Clarkson, Randle, the 27th pick and 28th pick and it got rejected. let's put this into thought alittle. Oladipo making $22M a year averages the same amount as Clarkson does and Clarkson makes half of what Oladipo does. Randle a double/ double machine is coming into a contract year. So those are 2 high prospects. Then the Pacers could have had a chance at drafting 2 good players. So now the Pacers are on the books for $22M a season and $3M a season total $25M. Even the Celtics made an offer I hear of 3 1st round picks, Bradley, and Crowder. That was even a better offer than the Lakers. I am happy that the Lakers waited. George will come to the Lakers in 2018 and will have the 4 assets that were in that offer.

01 Jul 2017 17:49:31
There is an updated rumor to this trade. Plus the Pacer took the bad offer not the Thunder from my original comment.

The rumor is that the Pacers didn't want to give what Paul George wanted and that was a trade to the Lakers so they asked for a lot. Same with the Celtics. They didn't want to send him to a contending team in the same conference without getting a lot in return. We are sitting here debating on including Brandon Ingram yet based on reports the Pacers might have still not taken the deal with him in the deal. I can understand not sending him to the Celtics but if he was sent to the Lakers the pick the Celtics might get wouldn't happen and the Sixers get a lower pick. So yeah it didn't make much sense. Just sour grapes on the Pacers part.

30 Jun 2017 23:23:34
I don't think any of the other teams have the assets to lose for pg13 so LA should move on and wait for him next year. Look in trading Randle and drug for either wade or Aldridge if the trade for wade then sign Blake. Now you have more money for 2018 for George and another FA

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30 Jun 2017 20:17:06
When the stretch the contracts, how many years is it?

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30 Jun 2017 21:43:11
3 years stretch and the player must be under contract for at least 2 seasons before stretch can be made.


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