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2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers Thread

Nick Young to the Lakers, per agent Mark Bartelstein.

Wow, I wonder if that means it was for the vet's minimum or for the rest of the MMLE (if we had any left)...

Regardless, that's a real back-up 2, the first time we've had one in FOREVER...awesome pickup.
In other news, Nick Young just signed with the Lakers for the vet minimum. Really nice pickup for that price.

With a bit more luck on the injury front and a lot more chemistry (which I think will happen with Dwight gone after hearing about everything that went down last year, post-mortem), this might be a decent, enjoyable squad next year. I think Blake gets traded too.

PG: Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar
SG: Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake
SF: Nick Young, Metta World Peace?
PF: Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly
C: Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman
Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Lebron may be giving that vibe earlier in his career...but he is all about legacy right now. He has said he wants to be the greatest player of all time. That's his goal. Yes, he does not believe rings will be the be-all end-all when it comes to defining one's legacy (rightfully so)...but after what Jordan said, I've no doubt Lebron wants to win chips so no one can use that argument against him.

I also doubt Lebron comes to Lakers. He's making his legacy in Miami and I believe he'll only consider leaving Miami for Cleveland.

He should stay in South Beach and cement his legacy there. It would be super weird if he went back to Cleveland. Remember how much Dan Gilbert hated him for a couple of days lol

Had he not called Lebron - I'd agree with you. I read Dan called him later and they talked it out. Now, that may be simply because Dan realized that he's pretty good friends with Irving and he doesn't want Lebron influencing him to leave Cleveland. He did congratulate Lebron on winning a title, so who knows what their relationship is like now.

But, I agree - if Riley is there, I do expect Lebron to stay put. Cleveland has proven over and over that they're an incompetent bunch, and if I'm Lebron - I'm not putting my career in their hands. Now, if Waiters, Bennett and Bynum play well next year...even Cleveland's FO can't f**k up title runs with Lebron on that roster.
[ Edited by 49ersMyLife on Jul 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM ]
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
In other news, Nick Young just signed with the Lakers for the vet minimum. Really nice pickup for that price.

With a bit more luck on the injury front and a lot more chemistry (which I think will happen with Dwight gone after hearing about everything that went down last year, post-mortem), this might be a decent, enjoyable squad next year. I think Blake gets traded too.

PG: Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar
SG: Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake
SF: Nick Young, Metta World Peace?
PF: Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly
C: Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman

Good fit for D'Antoni's team. No defense and pretty good offense. Solid pickup for minimum.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
In other news, Nick Young just signed with the Lakers for the vet minimum. Really nice pickup for that price.

With a bit more luck on the injury front and a lot more chemistry (which I think will happen with Dwight gone after hearing about everything that went down last year, post-mortem), this might be a decent, enjoyable squad next year. I think Blake gets traded too.

PG: Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar
SG: Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake
SF: Nick Young, Metta World Peace?
PF: Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly
C: Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman

I've been wondering what Blake could fetch on the market...what you think? I was hoping if not a 1st rounder in 2014/2015 then at least a serviceable SF? I don't think Nick is our answer at the 3 just like I don't think Kelly is our answer at the backup 4. Young would be a great backup 2 however.
Originally posted by GameOver:
I've been wondering what Blake could fetch on the market...what you think? I was hoping if not a 1st rounder in 2014/2015 then at least a serviceable SF? I don't think Nick is our answer at the 3 just like I don't think Kelly is our answer at the backup 4. Young would be a great backup 2 however.

I don't think Kelly sees the court unless there's an injury, unless he really impresses in training camp. He might, because he's 6'11" and can shoot, and D'Antoni will love that, but Pau/Hill/Kaman will probably take all of the PF & C minutes.

I think Blake might be able to fetch a guy like CJ Miles from Cleveland, or Brandon Rush from Utah. More likely, I think he's tradable at the deadline to someone like Memphis or Golden State in exchange for a trade exception & maybe a 2nd round pick.

Young isn't the answer at the 3, but I think he'd fit in fine at that spot with MDA. Or put Kobe there. This squad's gonna put up 110 points on a regular basis...even though they might give up 115.
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/9469767/kobe-bryant-believes-los-angeles-lakers-extension-no-problem

"As a businessman the goal is always to not take a pay cut," Bryant said. "But ..."

The Lakers had intended to approach Bryant about an extension this summer, league sources said, but those plans were tabled until Bryant got further into his rehabilitation from Achilles tendon surgery in April. Bryant said he didn't intend to approach the Lakers about an extension until "the dust settled" on their other business this summer.

Earlier Tuesday, Bryant was asked by Lakers Nation, a fan website, if he would take a huge pay cut, possibly to a one-year minimum salary at $1.45 million, to stay with the Lakers. Bryant later told ESPN that since negotiations have yet to begin, it was pointless to bring up a number that he'd be willing to play for.
^That's a little more encouraging. We'll see what happens.
Great signing for the min
Originally posted by marshniners24:
Great signing for the min

This at least it makes this crap team more watchable
at least your team made the playoffs.
Any other options to start at SF? I don't think Nick Young rebounds or plays defense well enough to be a starter. He offers perimeter shooting and nothing else.
They just amnestied Artest.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by GameOver:
I've been wondering what Blake could fetch on the market...what you think? I was hoping if not a 1st rounder in 2014/2015 then at least a serviceable SF? I don't think Nick is our answer at the 3 just like I don't think Kelly is our answer at the backup 4. Young would be a great backup 2 however.

I don't think Kelly sees the court unless there's an injury, unless he really impresses in training camp. He might, because he's 6'11" and can shoot, and D'Antoni will love that, but Pau/Hill/Kaman will probably take all of the PF & C minutes.

I think Blake might be able to fetch a guy like CJ Miles from Cleveland, or Brandon Rush from Utah. More likely, I think he's tradable at the deadline to someone like Memphis or Golden State in exchange for a trade exception & maybe a 2nd round pick.

Young isn't the answer at the 3, but I think he'd fit in fine at that spot with MDA. Or put Kobe there. This squad's gonna put up 110 points on a regular basis...even though they might give up 115.

Blake for CJ Miles would be solid. I believe he's an expiring contract too (aka double bonus).

Nash/Farmar
Kobe/Meeks/Young
Miles/Young/Kobe
Hill/Pau
Pau/Kaman

If we go on and sign LO too, that's solid. I still don't know what we're trying to accomplish though. That team can't win the ship but it's not going to suck enough (unless we're ravaged by injuries again) to get a good draft pick...if these guys really want to try to win the ship next year then you might as well put all our eggs in that basket and trade Blake plus our 1st rounder to Cleveland (who I still think will be a bottom 10 team in the league because Bynum's knees are done) or to another s**tty team that has hope
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Had he not called Lebron - I'd agree with you. I read Dan called him later and they talked it out. Now, that may be simply because Dan realized that he's pretty good friends with Irving and he doesn't want Lebron influencing him to leave Cleveland. He did congratulate Lebron on winning a title, so who knows what their relationship is like now.

But, I agree - if Riley is there, I do expect Lebron to stay put. Cleveland has proven over and over that they're an incompetent bunch, and if I'm Lebron - I'm not putting my career in their hands. Now, if Waiters, Bennett and Bynum play well next year...even Cleveland's FO can't f**k up title runs with Lebron on that roster.

A buddy of mine just FB'd me this that he got off one of the many forums he frequents...

Brief summary by Chris Broussard on The Herd:

- Lakers 2014 plan is to get LeBron... but...

- My intel says Lakers are 3rd in LeBron's likeliest destination in 2014.

- Miami and Cleveland are LeBron's top 2 destination.

- If he wins 1 more with Miami, he stays, if he doesn't he'll come home to Cleveland and play with Kyrie Irving to have the storybook ending to his career.

- A longshot for Lakers to land LeBron.

- For Lakers fans wanting Dwight gone and having all this cap space, just look at Dallas = Great owner, no state tax, can't land a superstar.

- With no Dwight, LeBron doesn't want to have to "start over again" if he goes to the Lakers.

- LeBron doesn't want his image to look like a mercenary going from team to team on his 3rd franchise.


Brief comments by Brian Windhorst:

- LeBron has a similar kind of happy personality like Dwight.

- You bet LeBron was keeping an eye on how the Lakers handled the Dwight situation.
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