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Old 01-23-2013, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

There. I said it.

What do you guys think will happen next season?

I gather Kobe will be on board. But Howard? And Pau?
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

This isn't exactly a news flash.

But a lot of people were laughing at me when I said it six weeks ago.
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There. I said it.

What do you guys think will happen next season?

I gather Kobe will be on board. But Howard? And Pau?
All players are returning.
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

They got a chance to make it, but it boils down to the teams ahead of them coming back to them. They aren't good enough to make up the ground without those teams in front of them playing even worse than they have to this point. Portland seems to be running on fumes, but you still have to climb over a couple of teams to get to them.

Unless they want to take back bad deals or something really bad it's hard to see how they move Gasol at this point. His value isn't up to his contract right now. You can move Howard, but I can't see many GM's betting their jobs on him at this point.
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

sign and trade Howard for picks and youth

let it ride next year with Nash-Kobe-Pau as your core with youth and guys like Clark and Hill still on board, enjoy the last ride of the over the hill gang (bet they'd do better than this shit)

clear the decks the following summer when all come off the books, keep your young promising guys, sign a couple big names (and re-sign Kobe for pennies on the dollar?)
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

Not having draft picks will be crappiest thing going forward.
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

Call Brooklyn and Minnesota and trade Dwight to BK for Kevin Love and 2 first rounders. Go to war next year with Kobe, Nash, Pau and Love. Rebuild around Love and Lebron in 2014.
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I doubt that sincerely Ron.
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I doubt that sincerely Ron.
1. Kobe is under contract and they aren't trading him.

2. Pau is under contract and with Howard hurt they aren't trading him.

3. Howard is hurt, he isn't the same player he was with Orlando, and due to his injuries he isn't going to leave 1 more year and $30 million on the table.

Therefore, all players are returning.
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1. Kobe is under contract and they aren't trading him.

2. Pau is under contract and with Howard hurt they aren't trading him.

3. Howard is hurt, he isn't the same player he was with Orlando, and due to his injuries he isn't going to leave 1 more year and $30 million on the table.

Therefore, all players are returning.
Sign and trade to where ever Dwight demands to play next.
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

If they do trade Gasol it might be more or less a salary dump. If that team can't contend there's no real rationale for paying that much in luxury tax. They can definitely be better next year, but it's hard to see them contending.
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If they do trade Gasol it might be more or less a salary dump. If that team can't contend there's no real rationale for paying that much in luxury tax. They can definitely be better next year, but it's hard to see them contending.
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

and btw in 3 months Pau's contract is going to look an awful lot like a massive cash dump
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Re: The Lakers WON'T make the playoffs (what's next?)!

The Lakers are not going to take back the same salary that Gasol makes in all likelihood. If they don't they are not likely to get better in any substantial way. Just as likely they let him expire so that they get out from under the contract themselves.
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