Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Letting Dwight walk for nothing saves the Lakers $50M. That's a lot better than Bogut (whose contract means that the Lakers would save about $15M instead of $50) + two late 1st Round picks. If Barnes or Klay aren't in the deal, the Lakers don't make the trade and they just let him walk.
BTW, most of you guys are nuts. This is a huge opportunity for the Dubs, and neither Harrison Barnes nor Klay Thompson should get in the way of that.
In the end I believe the Warriors would trade Barnes along with Bogut and Biedrins (or Jefferson) for a chance to get Howard. Bigger risk than moving Klay but I get the feeling that they would pull the trigger on it.
FWIW, this hypothetical trade makes you a WCF contender this year, and you'd walk into next offseason with..
PG: Stephen Curry, Nemanja Nedovic
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Draymond Green
PF: David Lee
C: Dwight Howard, Festus Ezeli
about $6M in cap space, plus the full $5M mid-level exception. With two, solid $5M-$6M pickups, that's a title contender in '14-15, IMO.