Originally posted by GameOver:
I don't hope we miss out on LeBron but I think we aren't getting him regardless. Melo, agreed, would rather he not come here (despite the fact that I'm a fan of his).
But then have you thought about what would happen next summer if we don't land either? We have all that cap space so what do we do with it? And don't think of it from a "what should we do" perspective but more so what have all signs (what has leaked regarding managements mindset as well as past moves can both be used to get a fairly decent forecast) pointed to?
Let's have a couple fixed variables...
1. All RFAs stay with their respective teams.
2. Bron/Melo do not come to LA
3. Pau and Kobe both resign for reasonable contracts, both 2-3 year deals
With that said, we're looking at our own guys (Pau, Kobe, Nash, Sacre) along with the remains of the 2014 FA crop of Luol Deng, Dirk, Danny Granger, maybe Wade/Bosh, Kyle Lowry, and a bunch of other s**t...
If we miss on Melo/Bron, there isn't ANYTHING after that to spend money on but regardless, money will have to be spent (or at least 90% of it). So what's the plan then? You don't want to put it all on Kobe/Pau if you don't have to. You have to remove the mindset that we will just rebuild in a traditional way because all signs point to us NOT doing that (plus, this is a hypothetical situation with fixed variables).
The closest we can get to your situation is if we went after guys like Vince Carter, Dirk, Marion, a few other old guys and offered them all 1-year deals to come to LA and see if they could make it work with Kobe/Pau/Nash. We would basically be merging the Mavericks with us. I don't think it's too far-fetched to say that the chances of that plan coming together are pretty damn low.
P.S. Kurt Rambis was brought onto the coaching staff the other day.
This speaks to my dislike of trying to compete this year. Outside of LeBron, there isn't much that's worth pursuing. Why not trade whomever you can (trading Kobe would be difficult, but pretty much everyone else is movable), improve your pick in '14, and acquire some assets that can be useful later along the way?
However, under your hypothetical scenario (a likely one, IMO), the only fixed variable that I disagree with is the length of Kobe & Pau's contracts. If we can't get LeBron (hopefully we can) or Melo (hopefully we don't), I think we'd give sizable, one year contracts to Kobe & Pau in order to get us to the 90% figure, and just forward the cap space to 2015 when the Rondo/Gasol/Aldridge/Love FA class hits the market. I don't think the Lakers will be willing to give them multi-year deals unless it's at a significant discount. In that scenario, yes...I think we try to sign a bunch of old dudes and become the NBA version of the The Expendables.
I think/hope we keep forwarding cap space forward until we land a couple of big fish.