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26 Mar 2015 13:17:45
My 2015-2016 Roster Projection for the Los Angeles Lakers

In case LA did not pick Russell
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Draymond Green OR Tobias Harris
PF: Julius Randle
C: Karl Towns OR Jahlil Okafor

There's NO WAY the Lakers MGT will sign Kevin Love. Everybody LOVES and SEES a brighter and longer future with JR.

Mark my word guys this is going to happen. WHY?

If I truly want to play for the Lakers and Earn a lot and play for a future contender I can sign with a good setup.

For Green or Harris "Sign a 1 year deal" Just Like Howard did

"Sign a lesser amount of deal" because I want to play for the Lakers and i'm still young(just like green and Harris). let's test the waters here in LA. Maybe an 8M deal? and a player option?

"Wait for Kobe to Retire, 2016-2017 season" Prior to this season Green or Harris can sign a F*cking lucrative deal. "All yours Man" Only if they want to :) OR they just going to copycat mr. dwight howard :)

"Rondo will not find a bigger deal/contract anymore" 40M Back% 4yrs, End of discussion.

Im still in favor of signing Rondo as of now. We need a guy to guide the ship after kobe. Considering also that JC is only 23 of age. No wonder after 2 or 3 years Rondo will be coming from the bench, considering his age and production. I guess that's projectable.

"We need rondo" :) or else we're going to be like the 76ers, until now there's no man guiding their ship. good thing for milwaukee and jazz theyv started to figure out things. that's after a LONG time :)

I guess this is believable :)

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I think a guy like ty lawson makes more sense: he's 2-3 years younger, they wouldn't have to overpay to get him, he'd blend better in the locker room and is a guy that works really hard. He is a very solid starting point guard/floor general and doesn't have a history of conflict with teammates and coaches.

JdA

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I'm praying to God we don't get dragic or rondo. Will be nearing mid 30's by the end of the contract. And in pretty sure Howard was traded for.

Lakerwaker

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2015-2016

PG: Mudiay, clarkson
SG: Bryant, Ellington
SF: D.Green or Harris, Young
PF: Davis, Randle
C: Monroe/Gasol, Black

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24 Mar 2015 18:28:35
Everything depends on who they are able to snag in the draft but after the win over the 76ers last week it's looking like Mudiay (6'5) or Russell (6'5) as oppose to the two Bigs. They would still be great options along side Clarkson (6'4) to create a long athletic back court.

The lakers have two more games against the T-wolves and one against the 76ers which have to be losses.

It doesn't seem logical to go after Kevin Love in free agency unless you move Randle, there would be zero rim protection and they would get pounded inside by most teams in the west.

Monroe would be a nice piece to add in free agency, he doesn't quite solve the defensive issues but he has more length to offer at the rim. From a value standpoint it's tough to find a 24 year old that is putting up 16 and 10 a game.

The ideal off-season moves would be to draft Towns, Sign a solid SF like Draymond Green, Kris Middleton or Wilson Chandler and retain Ed Davis + Jordan Hill. They'd have a very strong front court that would be around for a long time and they could retain some of the younger guards like Brown, Ellington and Clarkson. Plus they have the Rockets #1 pick to gamble on a high upside guy.

They have to avoid being enticed by older PG like Dragic who'd they have to pay $19 mil a year or Rondo. The Lakers aren't in a win now situation so guys like that only stunt their ability to rebuild.

-JdA

JdA

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We've the same coordinates in thought

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Someone like deandre jordan and someone like kris Middleton could probably be gotten if we don't bring back hill and tweak some other stuff, plus u bring in mudiay/ russell to go with kobe and Randle, with Clarkson, davis, possibly young, etc off the bench. Seems pretty reasonable if you ask me

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I hope we are able to keep our pick but I'm okay with tanking another year if we have to.

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23 Mar 2015 21:54:56
Heres my best 3 Choices either weather the pick PG SF C first the the Draft

Team Needs
PG, SF, C

Free Agent Targets
R.Rondo(likely)/G.Dragic/PG
T.Harris(likely/W.Chandler/SF
D.Jordan(pos)/J.Mcghee(pos)/B.lopez/M.Gasol/C

Draft picks
D.Russell/E.Mudiay/R.Baker
J.Layman/S.Johnson/R.Jefferson
WCS/KAT/D.Johnson

OPTION A (if we use top pic on center)
PG
R.Rondo or G.Dragic /J.Clarkson/J.Brown(can run point did it in D-league averaging 24.6 a game)
SG
K.Bryant/W.Ellington/N.Young
SF
T.Harris(if can't sign harris use 27 pick for R.Jefferson)/W.Johnson/J.Layman(pick34)
PF
J.Randle/E.Davis/J.Hill (re-sign in FA to get Lakers more cap Space)/R.kelly(waive due to the fact J.hill shot has become more eff outside the paint turning into some what of a stretch forward.)
C
T.Black/J.Mcgee (If he is willing to sign with harris)D.Johnson(Pick27 only if sign Harris and not J.mcgee)/D.Jordan (if harris does not sign due to cap space)/W.Stein, K.Towns or J.Oakfor(pick5)

OPTION B (if we use top pick on PG)
PG
J.Clarkson/E.mudiay or D.Russell(pick 5)/R.Rondo or G.Dragic
SG
K.Bryant/W.Ellington/J.Brown
SF
W.Johnson/J.Layman(pick 27)/N.Young
PF
J.Randle/E.Davis/J.hill
C
T.Black/D.Johnson(pick 34)/D.Jordan or J.Mcgee

OPTION C (if we use top pick on SF)
PG
J.Clarkson/R.Rondo or G.Dragic/R.Baker (if can't land rondo or dragic pick 34/J.Brown
SG
K.Bryant/W.Ellington/Nick/Young
SF
S.Johnson (pick 5)/W.johnson/T.Harris(only if can sign D.Jordan due to cap space)/J.Layman(pick 34 if can't land harris)
PF
J.Randle/J.Hill/E.Davis
C
T.Black/D.Johnson (pick 27)/ J.Mcgee or D.Jordan/R.Sacre (just incase can't land big)
(keep J.Brown just incase can't land FA PG and shift N.Young SF)

These are THE BEST REALISTIC OPTIONS DRAFT AND FA LIKE COMMENT IF U AGREE SHARE THOUGHTS

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These options would only be realistic if the writer considered CAP

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PG:mudiay or kriss dunn, dragic, n.cole.SG;brynt, clarkson, ellington, SF;young, w, johnson, T.harriss.PF;kelly, hill, randle.C;al jefferson, ed davis. reserve pick:kaminsky or dakari johnson,

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No rondo or dragic, not when players like jackson and knight are available and we could get russell or mudiay in the draft.

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21 Mar 2015 13:39:30
Sign
Rondo
Harris

PG: Rondo, Clarkson, Price
SG: Kobe, Ellington, Brown
SF: Harris, Young, Johnson
PF: Randle, Davis, Kelly
C: Cauley-stein / Towns, Black

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21 Mar 2015 03:07:46
lakers okc trade deal summer lakers get kevin durant okc get nick young robert sacre jordan hill 1rd pick 2015 top4

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19 Mar 2015 20:21:06
- Lakers can land Love (Max) if the cars get off the playoffs early. Rondo (Max) can also leave the Mavs under the same conditions. Los Angeles is a big market and they both know that Kobe will play less minutes and average about 20 points.
- have a high draft pick they should pick either WCS or Towns. 2nd draft troy williams
Seth Curry is a talented shooter that lakers could get.
- resign ed davis and wesley, Ellington.
- Get rid of Nick young
- sign K.J macdaniels
sign Andrew bynum in Midseason
get rid of sacre

Pg - Rondo, Clarkson, Curry
Sg - Bryant, Ellington, Mcdaniels
Sf - Williams, Johnson, Kelly
PF - Love, Davis, Randle
c - WSC, Bynum, Black

Now the real question is if all this is actually possible
just a thought!

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Basically this is impossible

Lakerwaker

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This is not possible. The Lakers will only be able to afford one max free agent and then another guy with the bit of the salary cap that is left, ranging from $7-$10 million.

You do at least come to the correct conclusions that Love and Rondo are only going to be expensively attainable if they have early playoff exits.

I also agree and I think a lot of others do as well that Nick Young needs to be rid of in one way or another.

Nobody should ever be recommending that the Lakers sign Andre Bynum again, however.

jackexeter

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If we don't keep our pick I say we tank another season. Otherwise this looks good although I'm not sure I'd want to pickup Love.

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We don't have that pick aswell lol

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Bynum? Bynum hasn't been healthy since he was a laker. Personally I like jordan hill. I also like jordan clarkson, he's a big 6'5 combo guard. Rondo's stats aren't that appealing. There is no way he is a max deal player. Our best hope is to land love and draft a stud. The lakers are basically in the same boat as the knicks. One star surrounded by a bunch of role players.

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His stat are not required due to being in Dallas, rondo with laker old school system will work

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18 Mar 2015 05:35:46
lakers okc trade summer lakers get kevin durant okc get nick young robert sacre jordan hill 1rd pick 2015 top4

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But durant could leave after 1 year. And then the lakers won't have the star player or the young talent from the pick, so they are completely ****ed then

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17 Mar 2015 00:48:36
How to make the Lakers in to champs.

First things first we have to cross are fingers and hope we land a top 3 pick.

Next order of business is not getting to caught up in who we draft as much making sure it's the best player. There is always a market for great players. Look at Wiggins for Love last year.

With that in mind I say we draft the best PG or C that we can get in the draft. We target Kevin Love as he is unhappy with his role on Cleveland, and we throw a everything we got left into signing Green off Golden Sate.

Start next year with a very good team.

Team A
PG high draft pick/ Clarkson
SG Kobe/ Young
SF Green/ Johnson Or 2nd round pick as back up
PF Randle/Ed Davis/ Kelly
C Love/Hill

Team B
PG Clarkson/Lin
SG Kobe/Young
SF Green/ Johnson/ 2nd round pick
PF Love/ Randle/ Kelly
C High Draft Pick/ Ed Davis/ Hill.


Not sure we champs, even with team A or B. West is so
Stacked, but a playoff team with a young core, Plus 3 all star level players and two future all star level players. Good team.

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Team A for me. no way Love will play C

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Love fits nicely in Team B, in team A, Aldridge/Gasol are better options

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If lakers draft Towns or WCS, team B is a potential contender but Okafor and Love means no defense.





The Farti$t

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Which green is that gerald or draymond?
P.S. You know you'll successful when you gain haters.

Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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Lakers can't afford both Love and Draymond Green

jackexeter

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Whoever disagrees that the Lakers can't afford both Kevin Love and Draymond Green, please enumerate how this could be so? I'll wait.

jackexeter

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Love 19.4 million
Green 12 million

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The Lakers will not have $31.4 million in salary cap and would have to move a lot of incumbent salaries to get that much cap space.

Also, Draymond Green is going to cost more than $12 million not to mention the Warriors management has been explicit in the fact that they will match offers. Furhtermore, Green has been playing PF for the Warriors as opposed to SF as suggested in the post.

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16 Mar 2015 07:17:06
Lakers off season:

Trade Draft day:

Lakers get: Dennis Schroder and 9th pick via Brooklyn

Hawks get: Nick Young and 4th pick ( Stanley Johnson )

Lakers free 4m in cap


Lakers draft:
9th - Willie Cauley Stein C
25th - Justin Anderson SF
34th - Rakeem Christmas PF
55th - Keifer Sykes PG


Lakers Free Agency:
- Greg Monroe 4yr/54m
- Khris Middleton 4yr/48m
- Alexis Anjica 2yr/8m


Lakers Re-Sign:
- Jabari Brown
- Wayne Ellington


Dennis Schroder / Jordan Clarkson / Keifer Sykes
Kobe Bryant / Wayne Ellington / Jabari Brown
Khris Middleton / Justin Anderson / Ryan Kelly
Greg Monroe / Julius Randle / Rakkem Christmas
Willie Cauley Stein / Alexis Anjica / Robert Sacre


Nice young core moving forward but only one can dream haha. I really like Schroders game. I'd take him over Mudiay.

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What about ed davis

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16 Mar 2015 04:50:23
LAL-DET-GS

LAL get Greg Monroe

DET get David Lee

GS get Jordan Hill

USA

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This is believe but all I'm saying is whoever ends up with david lee is going to be asking for draft picks LOL

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Greg is a free agent

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16 Mar 2015 03:56:16
This might be reaching but I feel that Lakers should target WCS if they land the 4th pick. WCS is what they need an athletic defensive anchor down low that can protect the rim. Fills a big necessity.

Clarkson is developing quite nicely with Kobe and Nash. Mo Williams would be a perfect candidate as a strong efficient back up. Let Clarkson continue developing.

Target T. Harris, Middleton or Draymond Green ( 10-12 mil)

Trade N.Young for a for a future 2nd rounder.

Trade a 1 or 2 2nd rounder for Moe Harkless

Sign Brandon Wright and Davis

Sign Ajinca cheap (solid back up that had a couple breakout moments)

Pick up Sam Dekker or 3 and D wing with Houston 2nd rounder


Potential 2015 Line Up

Clarkson/ Mo Williams

Kobe Bryant/ KJ McDaniels

T.Harris/ Harkless/ Sam Dekker

Randle/ Davis/ Kelly

WCS/Brandon Wright/ Ajinca

I know this is not a championship contender but it is a lot better than what the Lakers currently have. Move in the right direction. I think this can be possible with cap. Thoughts or Comments?

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This is a playoff probable lineup. 8th or 7th spot. Pretty interesting. Nice one

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15 Mar 2015 21:31:59
Draft C - Willie- Cauley- Stein
Draft PF - Christmas
Sign Rondo, Wilson chandler
resign Wesley, Davis, Ellington, Lin

C - Wiilie, Hill, Black
PF - Davis, Randle, Christmas
SF- Wilson, wesley, Kelley
SG - Kobe, young. Ellington
PG- Rondo, Clarkson, Lin

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15 Mar 2015 08:59:07
If lakers gets rid of Nick young's contract there's going
to be 34 million to spend.
sign DJ - 19 million
sign Harris - 13 million
sign Seth curry
draft russel
resing lin, Davis, wesley johnson

C- Deandre, Black, Sacre
PF- Randle, Ed. Davis, Kelly
Sf - Tobias, Wesley
SG- Kobe, dangelo
PG, Clarkson, Lin

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You obviously misread and misunderstood my post about getting that much cap space nor do you understand that Steve Ballmer in his 2nd year of ownership is not going to let DeAndre Jordan get away just because of one year of the luxury tax.

jackexeter

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Why can't any of you understand that DJ is not going to be a Laker. Ballmer will not allow that. Once again, get real.

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Jackexeter - As much as I 100% believe your comment, we have to be sensitive to some people's feeling #TeachThenPreach

Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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I agree with Jackexeter
Dj is not going to the lakers.
Gasol is probably staying in memphis.
Lopez is injury prone.
Hibbert is soft.

so maybe instead of drafting a guard the lakers should draft a center (towns) or trade for a center (Cousins) and then sign Rondo.

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The clippers have Chris Paul and Griffin. If Jordan gets a Max there's cap.

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Deandre is willing to explore free agency

http://goo.gl/JSSxzt

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15 Mar 2015 08:24:01
A fairly realistic team I can see the lakers having can be made by doing the following:

Trade
Young and Sacre for a late first, early second

Draft
EMMANUEL MUDIAY- an athletic pg, kobe can help him with his shot, and he has good defensive potential and good passing passing ability
SAM DEKKER- a player who is sort of like a do it all player, and brings depth to multiple wing positions
DAKARI JOHNSON- a 7 footer who brings energy and toughness, he is also a decent defender.
--And with the pick we possibly get from a young/ Sacre trade, we should try to pick up either Jerian Grant or Kris Dunn, both talented and would be a good option for a backup/reserve pg.

Free Agency
KRIS MIDDLETON- a young 3&D guy who has improved a lot this season, could also be gotten for reasonably cheap. Would give the lakers floor spacing, but also someone who can defend multiple positions well.
DEANDRE JORDAN- would bring rebounding and an inside presence, could be gotten if we offer enough that clippers won't go over the tax. Would be a perfect fit next to randle, who lacks the height to be a shot blocker, but brings an offensive game that Deandre doesn't have, especially if he has added a consistent mid range shot.
WILSON CHANDLER- another wing defender that also brings depth for when kobe needs to rest for some games. athletic and has a very capable jumpshot.

Resign
WAYNE ELLINGTON- can bring scoring off the bench, and can be kept cheaper than what we are giving an inconsistent young.
ED DAVIS- we've seen this year that he is a good, fairly young pf/c who can be that energy big man off the bench and potentially start if needed.

Team
Pg- Mudiay/ Clarkson/ Dunn
Sg- Bryant/ Ellington/ Dekker
Sf- Middleton/ Chandler
Pf- Randle/ Kelly/ Black
C- Jordan/ Davis/ Johnson

Would be an attractive team for the bigger free agents in following years with all the young talent, and a good stepping stone into the post kobe era and IMO this team could be a playoff team in the west.

Please leave thoughts/ changes you would make.

Lakerwaker

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Again, Steve Ballmer who is in his first year of ownership and wants to compete and please the fans is not going to let DeAndre Jordan get away and ruin what the Clippers have going just because of one year of the luxury tax

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14 Mar 2015 23:47:08
Bucks get Okafor Larkin
Lakers get Melo Early 47
Knicks get Giannis Bayless Pachulia17 27 34 picks

Lakers glad to make this trade if they have to get if it means not giving their top pick. Once again great starting.
Lakers 54-28
Calderon/Clarkson/Price
Kobe/Young/Brown
Melo/Johnson/Early
Randolph/Davis/Black
Towns/Upshaw/Sacre

Ny has younger more versatile player than Melo type
that attract superstar fa want to team up with. Al
Jefferson and Greg Monroe buy in the triangle at 18 mil a person. As does Brandon Knight and Arron Afflalo at 15 mil per yr. with all cap space to sign all 4 than picks and Fa. Hardaway to wiz for 1st & 2nd

Knicks 55-27
Knight/Bayless/G.Lucas-47th
Afflalo/J.Anderson-18/Galloway
Giannis/Petteway-27/Thanasis
Monroe/Kaminsky-17/Amundson
Jefferson/Pachulia/Upshaw-38

Jason created cap space to resign Middleton while creating future best 1-2 Scoring punch of the future in Parker and Okafor. Bucks have the perfect size around Okafor to play zone defense around Okafor preventing from getting exposed defensively.

MCW/Ennis/Larkin
Middleton/Mayo/Inglis
Parker/Dudley/C.Johnson
Henson/Ilyasova/O'Bryant
Okafor/Plumlee/Diagne

Once again a that might happen makes sense for everyone.

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Someone please trade Nick Young for a pair of clean underwear and socks! Thanks

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The counteract your logic would you:

trade kobe for giannas, bayless and pachulia and 3 late draft picks? The answer. HAHAHHAHHAHAHA!!!

So what makes you think NY will trade melo. Plus NY are going to end up with a top 5 draft pick regardless so there is need to trade

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14 Mar 2015 20:35:47
In my last post I talked about scenarios where the Lakers build their roster based upon drafting either Karl Towns or D'Angelo Russell. For the purpose of this post I will discuss what to do if the Lakers can only get Okafor, Mudiay, or the fifth pick in the draft.

As I've said The Lakers will have about $22 million to play with in free agency with the lottery pick and Houston's 1st round pick included where Jordan Hill's salary is not included. If Nick Young is traded and Sacre is cut, the Lakers would have around $29 million to play with in free agency. If the Lakers traded away both the top 5 pick and Houston's pick, they would have an extra $6 million in free agency, giving them a grand total of $34 million to play with. The reason why is because if the Lakers do not draft those players, there is no cap hold for players we would not have.

If the Lakers get the 3rd or fourth pick (ie. not Towns or Russell) they should trade that pick and Houston's first rounder for Demarcus Cousins. Demarcus Cousins' contract is roughly $15 million which would leave another $19 million left to spend.

With the rest of that $19 million, sign Kevin Love.

The Lakers would then have an incredible frontline for the next 8 years and would also still have Julius Randle, but no point guard.

Trade Julius Randle and Nick Young for whoever got D'Angelo Russell or gets Emmanuel Mudiay. The Lakers would financially be able to do this because they would be sending out $4 million and taking back around $5 mil which is covered in their trade exception.

resign Jeremy Lin with Early Bird exception
resign Ed Davis with the Non Bird exception
resign Wayne Ellington Vet min
keep Tarik Black
keep Jordan Clarkson


Depth

D'Angelo Russell/Jeremy Lin
Jordan Clarkson/Wayne Ellington
Kobe Bryant/
Kevin Love/Tarik Black
Demarcus Cousons/Ed Davis

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That is a great idea

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I'd LOVE me some BOOGIE

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Decent idea, won't happen though.

Lakerwaker

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You guys are so delusional. What makes you think that the kings would trade a top 5 pf/c for an unproven lottery pick. Keep dreaming. This idea is just as absurd as you guys getting DJ from clippers. Ballmer has no problem going into the luxury. No free agent wants to come play with Kobe Bryant who, though he has won 5 rings for this team, has totally sabotaged this team with his contract. See Tim Duncan for an example of how to not do this. Julius randle and nick young aren't trade assets that will land you a top 5 lottery pick. You guys need to be more realistic and accept that trying to contend in Bryant's last year is a bad idea that will just put organization in a deeper hole.

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As much as I don't want to admit it, you are right.
1) Cousins is possibly the best C in the league (look at the stats you won't believe the odds - Lloyd Banks) so that's unlikely.
2)Trading randle w/ young lowers the overall value of the trade. Everyone who understands basketball knows that young isn't what u want in a championship locker room and randle is unproven.

However, Lakers can create a contending team but one you won't expect. When you get closer to the draft I will explain. Stay tuned.

Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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I have to agree that in this post I do get a bit farfetched but there are rumors that Cousins is available on the trade market this summer and I'm sure that some variation of what I have proposed could get him and indeed Randle and Nick Young may not fetch a top five pick but that could also be adjusted so that Randle and additions could get a top 5 pick back. I suppose it is just upsetting that these kinds of high profile trades or moves are unlikely and that the Lakers are really truly going to have to be patient in their rebuild/quest for contention.

-Jack Ex.

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14 Mar 2015 14:29:55
Topic - top underrated draftees who would be a steal for the Lakers

pg - from what i've seen the best options outside the usual suspects are kris dunn and delon wright. Let me say it from now, kris dunn is a baller . His game reminds me of rondo s but he is a better shooter. the perfect comparison for me would be that of a healthy jrue holiday with less size and power but more speed. If he is drafted at no 17-25 he could be the steal of the draft Wright reminds me of iman shumpert, a point with shooting guard with top notch defense and athleticism.

sg - This position is really hard to decide. overall the sg position is pretty weak (bar russell) unless to class sf as swingman. but because of the weakness at the two its has made justin anderson look better and he is my steal at the position. He is a good leaper and is more athletic than he looks. Plays with great energy and hustle and works hard on defense. He has developed a 3 now so that increases his overall play. Dunno whether it is because of his age but he looks a lot bigger than most of the wings out there. I don t see him becoming a star but he could be a immense role player in the mould of shane battier with more athleticism.

sf - From what i ve seen this is probably the versatile position in the draft. it was v. hard to decide but these are who I believe will be steals in the draft; jake layman, troy williams and rondar hollie-jefferson. Layman to be is your typical non-athletic player in the nba relying on smarts and ball play, but being 6 9 it will give him an advantage in many situations. he has to improve his ball handling but all round game seems good. Troy Williams is a project player due to his age and slight frame. He can play both 3&4 in college but will be a 3 in nba. He is good in the open court and can handle the rock in the half set. He likes to get to the rack which is good but will need to muscle up if he wants to keep that style of play.

With Hollis-Jefferson, he is the real-deal. when I first heard hype about this guy I looked at his 3pct and wrote him off based on one statistic. After seeing him play I now believe the hype. He is a sensation athlete who plays above the rim 24/7. He is stronger than what he looks and can finish over bigs and through contact, just type up his on 7 6 mamadou N Diaye LOOOOOL. He is also a suffocating defender, I thought stanley johnson was good but these guys are cut from the same cloth. great tenacity and never quits on the play. A lot of players are compared to scottie pippen, but he is the closest i ve seen yet. Needs to tighten up his handle and work on his shot but he has right now he has all the foundations of becoming a great player: athleticism, confidence and great work ethics.

pf - Two players will be steals in the draft, christian wood because of upside and rakeem christmas based on the improvement. christian wood has a lanky 6 11 build aided with great versatility. Depending on his development is believe he could end up as a mixture between johnson henson and giannis antetokounmpo, but he could also be an nba bust. Rakeem christmas is 6 9 big who plays above the rim, rebounds and blocks shots. His awareness throughout the game is not always there but based off his numbers alone there could be a roster spot for him.

c - The center position has been awful for a no. of years now but two players will be good picks in the 2nd rounder; dakari johnson and robert upshaw. With dakari his potential is actually unknown because he has never really played a lot of minutes, he could be better than what he shows. At the least lakers would get someone who is a big body who will box out and rebound efficiently, he s also a decent rim protector and is ok in the post. Upshaw is my eyes is a quality player, he just needs to mature and make some life adjustments. A perfect example of upshaw s game is Hassan Whiteside in terms of playing style, size and mentality. Obviously upshaw hasn t done on court antics like whitside but his off court antics are equivalent. if he matures and
puts it all together, he could be one of the rising centers in the nba.

So what do you think? Comments would be much appreciated
Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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Kris Dunn would be great and if the Lakers could get him then I wouldn't see the need to try to sign a PG in free agency or draft one with the top 5 pick but Dunn will likely be a top 20 pick which the Lakers do not have.

I love the idea of Justin Anderson and in my posts have the Lakers going after him with that Hou 1st.

I don't think the Lakers need to waste time looking at PF's when they have both Julius Randle, Tarik Black, and hopefully they will retain Ed Davis.

Sure Upshaw and Johnson are worth looking at but neither will be available after the Lakers take care of more important needs (at Small Forward) and in the unfortunate and worst case scenario that the Lakers have to hold on to Jordan Hill, they will have a placeholder until 2016-2017.

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I agree with your logic Sir,
please leave your name, I like to know who I am addressing when comes to the intelligent minds of basketball

Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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14 Mar 2015 06:53:59
In the off-season the Lakers may potentially have interest in Greg Monroe. So here is a S&T

Lakers Receive- Monroe

Pistons Receive- Randle and Ryan Kelly

Why the Lakers do it?
Randle is know sure thing after his injury and they have been rumored to have liked Monroe for years.

Why the Pistons do it?
If Randle can stay healthy he would be a great fit with Drummond. And if the Pistons say draft Stanley Johnson they would have a really nice future line-up of
PG- Jennings/Jackson
SG- KCP
SF- Johnson
PF- Randle
C- Drummond

donnybasketball

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So lakers are giving up a young player for someone they could potentially get through FA?

Lakerwaker

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I agree with Lakerwaker but I see the logic behind donnybasketball's choice. Monroe and Randle cannot play together because both of them are poor defensively. However, if you get Monroe you can team him up with Ed Davis and bring Randle off the bench

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13 Mar 2015 16:37:13
This might be reaching but I feel that Lakers should target WCS if they land at the 4th pick. WCS is what they need an athetic defensive anchor down low that can protect the rim.

Clarkson is developing quite nicely with Kobe and Nash. Mo Williams would be a perfect candidate as a strong efficient back up. Let Clarkson continue developing.

Target T. Harris, Middleton or Draymond Green ( 10-12 mil)

Trade N.Young for a 2nd rounder.

Trade a 2nd rounder for Harkless

Sign Brandon Wright and Davis

Sign Ajinca cheap (solid back up that had a couple breakout moments)

Pick up Sam Dekker with 2nd rounder

Potential 2015 Line Up

Clarkson/ Mo Williams

Kobe Bryant/ KJ McDaniels

T.Harris/ Harkless/ Sam Dekker

Randle/ Davis/ Kelly

WCS/Brandon Wright/ Ajinca

I know this is not a championship contender but it is a lot better than what the Lakers currently have. Move in the right direction. I think this can be possible with cap. Thoughts or Comments?

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It's probably possible but why build anything but something that COULD eventually be a contender. Short-sighted but at least you are realistic unlike many posters on here.

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12 Mar 2015 21:58:56
Lakers-Magic

Lakers get Mo Harkless

Magic get 2 2nd round picks

Harkless is a young SF who has upside and Lakers can give him a chance to showcase his talent

enjoy

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12 Mar 2015 23:53:18
The Lakers will have about $22 million to play with in free agency with the lottery pick and Houston's 1st round pick included where Jordan Hill's salary is not included. If Nick Young is traded and Sacre is cut, the Lakers would have around $29 million to play with in free agency.

Since the salary cap will not be "smoothed" next year for the imminent salary cap increase in 2016-2017, teams with restricted free agents have no reason not to match any offers because the cap spike will basically keep all the teams from being in the luxury tax and will give all teams A LOT of salary cap room during the summer free agency of 2016-2017. Because of this, the Lakers getting any restricted free agents THIS summer is very highly unlikely and improbable. Teams with unrestricted free agents also will not have a fear of paying big money to players who other teams covet for the same reason.

This seriously hampers the amount of free agents who will be realistically available to the Lakers this summer especially when considering that Kupchak has stated he will not chase older veteran players just to be competitive for one season.

All of this pretty much narrows the Lakers' options to three guys who could be gettable: Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love, and Greg Monroe. Who to chase of these three will be entirely contingent on who the Lakers draft. In my opinion, only two of the prospects in the top 5 are worth keeping: Karl Towns and D'angelo Russell. With all of that said.

-Exercise team option in not keeping Jordan Hill
-Trade Nick Young for 2nd rounder or package him with LAL 2nd rounder to trade up to late first round

-With lottery pick, draft either Karl Towns or D'angelo Russell

-With Houston 1st, draft one of Caris Levert, Sam Dekker, or Justin Anderson

-Trade LAL 2nd and Ryan Kelly for late 1st round to pick up one of the other previous three (Dekker, Levert, Anderson). let's say Anderson

(I will go with Levert and Anderson since both of their respective draft stock's will be lessened due to their injuries but I wouldn't mind Dekker either)

-trade Nick Young for Miami's 2nd round pick

-Resign Ed Davis $7 million

-Resign Wayne Ellington for vet minimum (if possible, might be, might not be [ideally though])


If Russell is drafted then the team to construct would be as so:

D'Angelo Russell/Jordan Clarkson
Kobe Bryant/Wayne Ellington
Justin Anderson/Caris Levert
Julius Randle/Tarik Black
Greg Monroe/Ed Davis

If Towns is drafted then the team to construct would be as so:

Rajon Rondo/Jordan Clarkson
Kobe Bryant/Wayne Ellington
Justin Anderson/Caris Levert
Julius Randle/Tarik Black
Karl Towns/Ed Davis


***If the Lakers end up with Okafor or Mudiay or even the fifth pick then they should trade it/him but that is a whole 'nother can of warms that I will elaborate on in a different and separate post.

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I enjoy reading the post. You implemented a lot of basketball and business knowledge in your decision. Keep up the work

The AnaLy$t

P.S. In regards to draft either russell or towns, I have to admit I underestimated both of them.

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I have no faith in Mudiay because he has essentially gone an entire year where his game could do nothing but plateau due to the fact that he wasn't playing his contemporaries (and playing lesser talent) nor was he receiving any sort of coaching because he cannot meet academic requirements for college let alone speak Chinese to his coach.

And I don't want Okafor because he is not any sort of rim protector nor defender. He has a nice offensive game but we could go get the same player in free agency--Greg Monroe.

Okafor and Mudiay are fabulous trade bait however.

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The thing with okafor is that you know what you are getting when you draft him - big body, good rebounding and nice post player. With towns, as much as he could be a duncan/horford hybrid, he is not a sure bet and could get you being a kwame brown ( kwame killed it in HS).

I wouldn't wanna draft a pg my 1st pick just for the fact the league is now pg infested and I could get a allstar caliber pg is a 15-20 1st rd pk.

Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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12 Mar 2015 14:42:06
If Lakers get #1 overall pick

Lakers get DeMarcus Cousins

Kings get JahLil Okafor and Jordan Hill + 1 more future pick (1st or 2nd maybe)

Lakers resign Ed Davis 3yrs/18mil
Lakers signing
PG : Rajon Rondo 4yr/48mil
SF : Demarre Carroll 3yr/20mil

Rockets pick
SF : Sam Dekker

Lakers 2015-2016 season

PG : Rajon Rondo / Jordan Clarkson
SG : Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
SF : Demarre Caroll / Sam Dekker
PF : Julius Randle / Ed Davis
CE : DeMarcus Cousins / Robert Sacre
- decent team

2016-17 season has a big increase in cap space, Lakers offer Durant up to the ceiling contract and 1 more/2 more years Kobe plays

PG : Rajon Rondo / Jordan Clarkson
SG : Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
SF : Kevin Durant / Demarre Caroll / Sam Dekker
PF : Julius Randle / Ed Davis
CE : DeMarcus Cousins / FA Veteran

-Lakers Dynasty will be back after these terrible years.

Nice to dream men. But who knows.

enjoy

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That would be the best idea

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Unfortunately, Rondo will not be had for the same contract he is currently being paid especially with the imminent salary cap increase in 2016-2017.

Demarre Carroll is just short-sighted thinking.

Nick Young and Sacre would have to go in order to be able to sign both Cousins and Rondo nor could they resign Ed Davis without any money leftover the purchases of Rondo and Cousins

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11 Mar 2015 22:50:40
Min- LAL

Min gets #5 pick in draft, Julius Randle and Jeremy Lin
Draft Willie Cauley stein

Rubio/ Lin
Wiggins/ Lavine
Muhammad/ Martin
Randle/ Payne
Dieng/ Cauley- Stein

LA gets #2 overall pick, and Pekovic
Draft Towns
Clarkson- Bryant- FA(deng)- Towns- Pek

Tmoney

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Can't trade Jeremy Lin as he is a free agent

Lakerwaker

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Sounds realistic. Another factor would be that the wolves would want to involve k.martin/t.young in the deal due to their rebuilding scheme and the size of his contract. But it is all down to what no. the lakers are in the draft

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12 Mar 2015 04:41:17
lakers pelicans trade lakers get anthony davis pelicans get julius randle robert sacre 1rd pick 2015 top 4

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11 Mar 2015 15:19:30
I have recently seen a lot of post with people either:
a) having teams trade their best player & co for a bunch of overpriced played e.g. young, hill and draft pink in a somewhat mixed draft
b) lakers signing the most coveted stars in the draft e.g. butler, jefferson, jordan all on one team, and going way over the cap

Its show that not a lot of people don't understand the rules, regulations and business of the NBA. Because of the new cap rules, the lakers cannot just splash cash like they did in the past without having to pay revenue for it. In other words, if the lakers go over the cap, they have to pay the NBA money instead of gaining money.
In response to this, the lakers have said they are already going the draft route and will go for youth instead of overpriced veterans. Obviously if the right free agents is available e.g. durant in 2016, then they will go all out but other than that don't expect the lakers to give out multiple max deals because it not possible. So you will not be seeing a team of rondo, kobe, butler, milsap and jordan/gasol.

Now that I got that out the way let's get down to the main topic.
Instead of making suggestions on players that are the most coveted, this post will mention free agents who are efficient, and with more playing time, could be great assets for the lakers.

NBA free agents
pg - mo williams - excellent scorer. good handle. nice on the pick and roll because of his pull up game. defense is on the bad side but its no worse than some on the players on the team, plus big shot mentality makes up for it.
another option is norris cole - very athletic. plays good defense and has yout. his shot is terrible but he won't cost the 10m+ range of rondo/reggie jackson.

sg - rodney stuckey - perfect offense punch off the bench now he's added a reliable 3. if we don't draft jerian grant then we should target this guy. basically a older + mature version of dion waiters.
another option is randy foye - great from 3. has size and speed to guard both 1+2. knows his limitations and plays within the offense.

sf - my boy gerald green. the human highlight heel. can dunk and shoot the 3 effectively. not the best defender but would be a energizer off the bench.
alternative option is al-farouq aminu - long, lanky player who plays well on defense and run the floor. outside out is terrible but plays above the rim and has constant energy when on the court

pf - brandon wright - I looked at his stats and he's average over 1 blk per in like 15 mins, that's efficient. If lakers don't sign ed davis then this is the guy they should target. he has the same level of energy and defense but a lot better a the line. his downfall is he is on the slight side in terms of weight.
alternative option is jonas jerebko - basically just a more athletic version of ryan kelly.

c - alexis ajinca - I watched this guy play when davis was out injured. At first I thought it was davis until I heard the commentator say his name. This guy is a underrated player. he is legitimately 7'0, he can protect the rim, mid the j and has a decent post up game. i'm not saying he's the next big thing but he could easily break into the rotation

So what do you think? Comments would be much appreciated

Yours Sincerely,
The AnaLy$t

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Meh, don't see us making playoffs in west by getting these types of players though tbh

Lakerwaker

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The lakers don't need FA's for every position, lakers need a C, SF and PG. There's a chance to draft top 5 pick in one of these positions, so LA should end up signing to 2 good FA.
if LA drafts towns, Okafor or WCS than they should sign harris/greens and rondo/dragic.
else if LA drafts Stanley, they should sign Gasol/Jordan and rondo/dragic.
else
LA drafts Mudlay, they should sign harris/greens and Gasol/Jordan

There's no guarantee that Durant will come to LA, we don't have to suck another season just to get him

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1) I pointed out the most efficient player available at each position FOR THE BENCH. Those players could never be starters
2) By the suggestion of names like okafor means lakers would need the no.1 pick
3) each of the rondo/dragic gasol/jordan comibination are going to commanded the MAX. Lakers can only offer one max. That was stated in my opening paragraph

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The article talks about the possibility of joining Monroe, Love and Rondo.
Why would they even mention it if lakers have a cap problem?
I think the lakers have enough money to land two stars. I am not sure!

http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2015/03/04/los-angeles-lakers-rumors-kevin-love-rajon-rondo-and-greg-monroe-to-join-forces/

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One feature main feature of the media is to generate HYPE. By linking the Lakers with multiple stars e.g. love/rondo/monroe draws interest from the public viewer, increasing their publicity which generates cash. No news article is not going generate money by saying "Lakers can only sign a bunch of mediocre talent because of cap space".

Quote from LA suntimes:
"The Lakers will have around $20 million in salary cap space with only Kobe Bryant, Jordan Hill, Nick Young, Julius Randle, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black under contract for next season. Ed Davis has a player option for just over $1 million.

What this all means? The Lakers must spend wisely. Two players could easily eat through all that money".

http://la.suntimes.com/la-sports/los-angeles-lakers/7/88/167229/lakers-should-sign-wes-matthews/

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11 Mar 2015 04:39:21
Lakers sign Gasol, Rondo, Seth Curry, Tobias Harris
Resign Ed.Davis, Ellington
Draft Willie Caulie Stein!!
2nd pick draft Terran Pittway
Nash and scare go away

Line up:
C: Gasol, WCS, Black
PF: E.davis, Randle, Kelly
SF: Harris, Arthur, Johnson, Petteway
SG: Bryant, Young, Ellington
PG: Rondo, Clarkson, Curry

Pjrw

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Decent team, only flaw is signing gasol, rondo and harris will send lakers over the cap

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10 Mar 2015 17:44:32
LAL-SAC-UTAH

LAL get: Trevor Booker, Nik Stauskus, & 2015 1st DP SAC

Draft: Karl Anthony Towns (4th) & Kelly Oubre (7th)

pg. clarkson
sg. kobe/stauskus
sf. young/oubre
pf. davis
c. towns

SAC get: Julius Randle & Trey Burke

pg. burke
sg. mclemore
sf. gay
pf. randle
c. cousins

UTAH get: Jordan Hill & Darren Collison

Draft: Justice Winslow

pg. exum/collison
sg. winslow/burks
sf. hayward
pf. favors
c. gobert/hill

kn1ck3rb0ck3r

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10 Mar 2015 13:25:36
Sixers swap their pick at #2 to the Lakers for the #4 pick. Lakers add Julius Randall as a sweetener. Sixers balance the trade with the Miami pick at #14. Lakers can have a 2nd rounder if they want it.

Lakers draft big man Towns and PG J. Grant at #14.

Sixers get J. Randall and one of Russell/Mudiay/Stanley Johnson

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09 Mar 2015 20:51:37
LA LAKERS

- sign PG Rajon Rondo 4yr/50mil
- sign CE Omer Asik 4yr/32mil via MLE
- sign PF Paul Millsap 4yr/60mil
- draft SG/PG D'Angelo Russell
- draft SF with the Rockets pick

R. Rondo / J. Clarkson
K. Bryant / D'Angelo Russell
N. Young / R. Kelly / Rockets pick
P. Millsap / J. Randle
O. Asik / E. Davis / R. Sacre

adik

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I'd rather have DJ or Gasol
Ask is not that good

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Why sign rondo after drafting russell, but leaving the sf position untouched meaning we have to start young and only kelly and a pick as back up?

Lakerwaker

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There is something call cap space.

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Either Sign rondo and pick a SF or pick a PG and sign a SF max pref. maybe butler or kahwi

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Maybe Tyson chandler

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09 Mar 2015 08:48:03
Draft
Early 1st- D'angelo Russell
Late 1st- Sam Dekker or Kris Dunn
Early 2nd- Dakari Johnson

Trade
Young
Sacre
Maybe try and sign and trade for Wilson chandler. If that's possible idk

Resign
Ed davis
Wayne Ellington

Free agency
Jimmy butler (tobias harris if Bulls match, and kris Middleton if both unavailable)
Deandre jordan
Wilson chandler (if not traded for)

D-League (if needed, but just keep em in the D league)
Roscoe smith
Vander Blue

Team
Pg- Russell/ Clarkson/ Dunn
Sg- Bryant/ Ellington/ Blue
Sf- Butler/ Chandler/ Smith
Pf- Randle/ Davis/ Kelly
C- Jordan/ Johnson/ Black

Nice mix of experience and youth, plus we can actually play defense and could score as well, plus we would be sick on the boards. It also means we have depth in case of injury, or if when we rest kobe for games, or ease rookies into the league.

Lakerwaker

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GOOD!  for my eyes!

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