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10 Jan 2018 03:44:27
-Lakers receive Bellinelli + Hawks 2018 first (via HOU, likely to be late 20s)
-Hawks receive Harkless + Randle
-Blazers receive Bazemore + cash considerations (LA)

-Lakers receive Cousins
-Pelicans receive KCP, LNJ, (pick from Hawks - if necessary)

-Lakers receive Mirotic
-Bulls receive Clarkson

PG: Ball/Ennis/Caruso
SG: Hart/Bellinelli/Blue
SF: Ingram/Brewer
PF: Mirotic/Kuzma/Bryant
C: Cousins/Lopez/Zubac




07 Jan 2018 02:47:42
How I would approach the drafts in the past LA has done (assuming they keep the pick each year)

-2014, pick 7 (Zach LaVine), pick 47 (same)

-2015, pick 2 (Kristaps Porzingis), pick 27 & pick 34 - trade up with POR for pick 23 (Hollis-Jefferson)

-2016, pick 2 (Brandon Ingram), pick 32 (same)
**Demarcus Cousins was offered for Ingram this season, late in the season. Lakers should pull the trigger BUT rest Cousins (tank) for he rest of the season to ensure they keep the pick the following year.

-2017, pick 2 (Lonzo Ball), pick 27 (same), pick 30 (Jordan Bell), pick 42 (Dillon Brooks)

PG: Ball/
SG: LaVine/Clarkson
SF: Hollis-Jefferson/Brooks
PF: Porzingis/Bell
C: Cousins/Zubac

This team would be a 3 or 4 seed right now without LaVine healthy.


1.) 07 Jan 2018 04:17:13
Horrible idea, and definitely not a top 5 seed.

2.) 07 Jan 2018 19:06:50
Lakersfan- So if the Lakers had Porzingis and Cousins you wouldn't think this team wouldn't be a 5th seed? How about a 6th? Nuggets, Blazers and Pelicans aren't exactly playing very good basketball right now. Have to say though to GM that I am satisfied with the Randle pick in 2014. He should've gone higher.



13 Dec 2017 04:45:59
Lakers/ Thunder

Lakers receive: George

Thunder receive: Randle, KCP

OKC starters:
PG: Westbrook
SF: Anthony
PF: Randle
C: Adams

LAL starters:
PG: Ball
SG: George
SF: Ingram
PF: Nance
C: Lopez




07 Dec 2017 02:09:31
Lakers/ Suns/ Hawks

Lakers receive: Tyson Chandler, Tyler Ulis, 2018 1st (Suns)

Suns receive: Julius Randle, Marco Belleneli

Hawks receive: Brook Lopez, 2019 second (Lakers)

*waive Ennis

PG: Ball/Ullis
SG: KCP/Clarkson/Blue
SF: Ingram/Deng/Brewer
PF: Kuzma/Nance/Bryant
C: Chandler/Zubac

Unpopular opinion: I think Deng can give us 10&5 off the bench which is a lot better than what Brewer is doing. Deng can still do a lot that Brewer can't. He deserves some minutes.

Second unpopular opinion: Lakers need a backup PG. Ulis can shoot and fill that void. Chandler is also top 20 in rebounds. Lakers have no one top 20. This lineup provides a lot of spacing and rebounding. Chandler brings toughness. I like this deal regardless of his contract.


1.) 07 Dec 2017 05:48:39
Lakers do not want to add more money for next year. They are trying to get more cap space not less.

2.) 07 Dec 2017 16:47:27
To add what Toolguy was saying the Lakers have no plans to play Luol Deng. So its not really an opinion when something isn't going to happen. In Deng's 13 minutes he did play he looked lost.

3.) 07 Dec 2017 21:43:20
Deng should just get bought out.

4.) 07 Dec 2017 22:14:17
Judging a players by 13 minutes played is no different than calling Zo a bust less than 30 games in but whatever you say, you’re the basketball genius right.

5.) 07 Dec 2017 22:16:17
Too add to what I’m saying, none of this is really opinion if it’s not going to happen if we continue with your logic. This whole forum is a waste, if we continue to apply your logos. All that cap space and the only realistic option is PG13. They can only offer him so much. Chandlers contract is only 13M for one more year after this. If they extend Randle, I wonder what their cap would be and your responses.

6.) 08 Dec 2017 17:49:47
GM step into reality dude. Deng most likely will not play another minute for the Lakers and will be stretched at the end of the season. You can sit here and argue or disagree all you want its not going to change. Are you an LA resident GM? Do you watch Lakers insiders and local Lakers coverage? If you did you would know the thought process of the Lakers and already know what is happening. This is a developmental year and Walton and management want to play the young guys. Chandler makes zero sense for what the Lakers want to do plus he is having a very poor season. If PG13 comes then that is what happens. If he doesn't there will be back up plans.

7.) 12 Dec 2017 02:23:24
Lol you really think you know how the Lakers think because you watch Lakers insider shows LOL! Chandler’s having a bad season? BUT unlike any Laker, he’s top 15 in rebounding! You’re really just a fan just like me. Get off your high horse. Chandler doesn’t fit but “I can’t grab 5 boards a game” Lopez does? Oh it’s because he can (occasionally) shoot a 3, I forgot! Please tell me more on the Lakers thought process, o mighty one. (sarcasm) Remember when you said they wouldn’t trade Russell and questioned my trades with Russell then they TRADED RUSSELL? Yeah, I’ll take your “insider” - based know-it-all remarks with a grain of salt.

8.) 12 Dec 2017 07:26:37
Well when Magic Johnson himself tells everybody what his plans are directly its kind of hard to say oh they will do this or that. He said he is trying to preserve cap space and acquiring Chandler ruins that. You know he is owed $13M next year right? Chandler's contract isn't expiring so Lakers aren't doing that.

I still believe they shouldn't have traded Russell. If no allstar free agents come then that will be a mistake. I knew Russell was on the market and at the time I thought he would go to the Pacers. I still believe that Russell and Ball could've worked together but hey that was Magic's decision. However I can only judge after what happens in the offseason. I will say it again. If no allstar free agent comes to the Lakers this offseason then the Russell trade was a mistake.

9.) 12 Dec 2017 20:34:11
I know how much chandler is owed.13M is a reasonable price for one more year. Especially when the 2019 free agency center class is pretty good and a lot of those guys will fit well with the Lakers core (ala Nikola Jokic / Deandre Jordan - unrestricted) .

Russell was a known party boy in LA. Lakers defense would be lackluster and he would probably show up to practice lethargic and drunken as I’m sure he has. He’s been injured to the point where he’s missed weeks these past two seasons. He is better off somewhere where they aren’t looking to be serious for a while. I doubt Paul George stays in OKC where his play doesn’t translate to wins. More so, I have no problem with going after mid tier players that won’t get in the way of Ingram’s development: Danny Green (possibly the best if not one of the best 3&D SG) or making an offer for Zach Lavine who was averaging 20ppg up until injury. Those guys will compliment the core well too.



30 Nov 2017 00:17:36
Lakers/ Bulls/ Suns/ 76ers

LAKERS - Bender, Nicola Mirotic, 2018 second round pick (PHX)

BULLS - Jahlil Okafor, Corey Brewer *waive*

SUNS - Julius Randle

76ers - 2018 first round pick (CHI)

Lakers: need shooters around Ball
Bulls: comp piece around Markannen
Suns: troubled PF situation solved
76ers: removal of unhappy player

PG: Ball/Clarkson/Ennis
SG: KCP/Hart/Blue
SF: Ingram/Mirotic/Deng
PF: Nance/Kuzma/Bryant
C: Lopez/Bender/Zubac

-waive Bogut


1.) 30 Nov 2017 20:03:34
The Bulls aren't getting anything in return to merit giving up a 1st round pick.

2.) 01 Dec 2017 23:11:33
GM I have to agree with Laker Love. Bulls pick will be a guarantee top 4 pick this year. They aren't trading it with Mirotic to get free agents to be Okafor and Brewer. Reports are that Mirotic now is ok with staying with the Bulls.

3.) 02 Dec 2017 03:19:24
You don’t think a former 3 pick scoring big man who can easily average 20+ As he did as a rookie is not worth a one dimensional 3 point shooter in Mirotic and a first?

Chicago has Portis and Markkanen as their 4’s > Mirotic and multiple guards who can let them play 3 guard lineups and be successful: Dunn-LaVine-Valentine, LaVine-Nwaba-Valentine, Dunn-LaVine-Holiday. Point, he doesn’t have a spot for much PT on this team anyway.

Mirotic can say he would stay but he’s not a fit in what can be in CHI. Chicago has multiple picks and they can make the pick protected for years as that LAL-PHX was.

4.) 02 Dec 2017 15:24:32
The Sixers have been asking for a second round pick for Okafor and nobody has given it to them. Okafor will not average 20+ points with the Bulls. He might get 8 to 10 points a game with playing time. He did not average 20+ points as a rookie. He averaged 17 then 11. What happened? He got injured and playing lousy at practice. Lakers point of view you have Mirotic going to the Lakers and Randle leaving. Randle is better than Mirotic. Randle can drive to the basket and get rebounds. Mirotic is an outside shooter. Lakers have enough outside shooting. You mentioned PT well he won't get PT with the Lakers either. Lakers have already benched Deng and Zubac for youth movement so Mirotic would be the same situation. Shooting around Lonzo Ball? KCP is a shooter and so is Lopez. Lakers specifically want Nance as a starter so they can bring in a shooter you might know him Kuzma.




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28 Dec 2017 16:19:11
Another note with Noel, his heart isn’t in the game. It’s been rumored by Dallas beat writers that Noel isn’t conditioned or plays hard enough. Why do the Lakers need Noel?




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28 Dec 2017 16:17:36
No one is going to want Bogut unless it’s a team shedding cap. Bogus contract is non guaranteed, Lakers can just waive him. Phoenix has a PF problem, Clarkson won’t help.




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21 Dec 2017 19:05:36
You’re saying Pistons give up Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley, Ish Smith to take on Deng’s ridiculous contract, a center who wouldn’t get that much PT in Zubac because the Pistons have Drummond who now added a passing game to his regime, and 2 second round picks.

Stanley is a lotto pick in a bad system and Bradley is one of the best 3&D guards in the league. Pistons say no.




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21 Dec 2017 19:01:43
Why would Porzingis be unhappy in NY? Phil was his issue. Since Phil’s firing, Porzingis has:

-multiple 30+ games and he’s been a beast/ Star
-he’s the focus of one of the biggest sports markets/ cities in NY. wouldn’t have so much attention in LA
-Knicks have a better record than LA (8th seed)

Porting is may be an all star this season and you just offered bench players for him. None of the players you offered have potential to be has offensively and defensively talented than Porzingis. If anything, you would have to offer Ingram/ Randle/ Clarkson or Kuzma/ Ingram. Not worth it.




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18 Dec 2017 05:33:14
Westbrook is a selfish-ball movement killer. His assists either come from pick n roll with Adams or a pass to a shooter with 7 secs or less.

Example: Melo was shooting well vs the 76ers, so what does Westbrook do? Hogs the ball and does everything except pass to Melo. I’m sure Melo could’ve closed the game and it didn’t have to go 3 overtime’s.

Don’t trade 2 young selfless players with tons of potential for a 28 year old ball hog. Not worth it. Why would you do that? Serious question? Lonzo has been playing well, I’m not sure why you would think it’s okay to trade a rookie 30 games in with 2 triple doubles already and a career high 29 that came on his second ever nba game (higher than Ingram in his two seasons) . Absolutely no point. If it’s Lavar you’re worried about, he’s not the one making the Lakers the bottom team in free throws, he’s not the one making bad rotations and still starting Nance instead of Kuzma or Randle. He’s overrrated in terms of what people see as an “impact on the team”.





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