Originally posted by LA9erFan:
The problem is that there's not enough money to go around. Let's say Kobe gives the Lakers a HUUUUGE hometown discount and signs for $10M per year. Maxed out Free Agents are gonna make about $22M per year. That means you have an ancient Kobe Bryant + (let's say) Rajon Rondo + Marc Gasol, and don't have anything in the way of impactful young players and no more money to spend. Is that team contending for a title? Hell no. And worse yet, we're stuck where the Knicks are, as a perennial 2nd round loser with committed salaries and no flexibility.
We have to get a young stud in the draft and then acquire the superstars in FA.
What you're saying is rational, there is no one arguing with that. But NO ONE is trading Kobe, period. Kobe will not allow himself to be traded (nor will he allow Kupchak to just say f**k it and clean up shop). Management will not trade Kobe. You compare trading Kobe to Shaq but this is a COMPLETELY different nightmare. Kobe is >>>> in term's of "Laker-ness" in the eyes of fans and has been with us since day 1. LA would literally RIOT if he was traded, whether he demanded it or not.
I get that the smart business decision would be to go about it your way but I don't think anyone feels like there's even a REMOTE possibility of that happening. Kobe has become the face of the Lakers franchise. He's arguably the best player to ever put on the purple and gold and we will do whatever it takes to give him a real chance of winning the ship before starting from scratch.
If you want your situation to play out, your best bet is for something to happen that causes Kobe to sit out the whole year (not going to happen either). That gives us an excuse to ship Pau and be a bottom 10 team (with or without Dwight) and get ourselves a fair draft pick. The more I think about it, the more I am on board with the idea of shipping Pau to a s**tty team for their 1st round pick NEXT year plus a young asset (and a cap casualty here or there) this year (Minnesota, Phoenix, Kings? I especially like Pau to Sac pending if new ownership decides to blow that team up and host a fire sale). Of course, can that be done? I don't know. I have no idea how the league feels about Pau and why any of those teams would do that unless they thought Pau was all they were short from of contending, which none of those teams SHOULD think but stupider s**t has happened.
To be honest, our future looks pretty doomed. I have no idea what Kupchak has planned.
[ Edited by GameOver on May 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM ]