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2015 Free Agency: Lakers May Wait To Make Move In Free Agency

Mitch KupchakWith the majority of contracts coming off the books this summer, the Los Angeles Lakers were thought to be major players in NBA free agency in the upcoming off-season.

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all have the option to become free agents this summer with many believing only one of these perennial All-Star potentially changing teams. Anthony appears to be the most likely of the four mentioned above to leave their current team in free agency and the Lakers are considered one of his potential landing spots.

Even though the Lakers made an effort to clear cap space this summer, GM Mitch Kupchak said in an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com the team will weigh their options and might not make a big move until the summer of 2015:

One of the premier free agents this coming summer was going to be Kobe Bryant. He’ll no longer be a free agent. We have acquired him. As we approach the summer, we will see who’s available and weigh it against what we think is a sound and prudent basketball and business decision. And we’ll decide whether to sign that player versus some other player this summer, or take somebody in a trade or make a trade, and weight it against the option of waiting another year.

With the Lakers currently going through a nightmare scenario in terms of injuries, there’s no telling where this team will end up in the standings or if a trade will be made before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20.

Pau Gasol has been mentioned in a few different trade scenarios over the last few months with the Lakers seemingly dangling the veteran forward in hopes to move his large contract and receive an athletic forward in return. It remains uncertain if the Lakers will be able to trade Gasol and receive equal value in return, but more than a month remains before the final buzzer sounds on the trade deadline.

As for free agency, the Lakers may very well hold off on pursuing big-names until 2015 with Kevin Love potentially being their primary target. Rumors involving Love being interested in signing with the Lakers have started to surface as the storied franchise will likely continue to be linked to the former UCLA standout.

In the meantime, the Lakers will attempt to right the ship in the second half of the 2013-14 NBA season while trying to figure out what path to take this summer and beyond.
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  • lakers_824

    2015 starting lineup

    PG: Jabari Parker
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    SF: Loul Deng
    PF:Kevin Love
    C: Pau Gasol

    BENCH
    PG: Jordan Farmar
    SG: Nick Young
    SF: Xavier Henry
    PF: Jordan Hill
    C: Robert Sacre

    • kobe24

      Jabari Parker at pg…lol this roster ain’t good enough

      • Jim213

    • Jan Rey

      you’ve been playing too much video games

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        agree.. I was about to comment that same line…

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Jabari Parker? PG? I’m not getting the vibe buddy… might as well run with Marshall at PG than him., we are going to have a turnover galore if that happens. Pau Gasol at Center? Maybe… but him and Love on that position just makes us too slow and unathletic… you got to pair Love with a bruising, bangin’, defensive big. There is someone that plays in Detriot, he might want to come to LA…. Monroe is his name.

      Monroe, Love, Deng, Kobe,PG… that’s a lineup I would take any day.

      • kobe24

        Oh man Richard taking the words right out of my mouth. Yes exactly if Lakers don’t get a guy like Joel Embiid (Which is pretty hard to get since hes projected top 3 at least) they should definitly look into Monroe. May not be the offense big but a great defensive anchor..

        I would love Deng but I just don’t see him coming for a good enough price for Lakers to sign him + Monroe AND Love in the future. Although if Lakers trade Gasol this year and go under the salary cap they could perhaps go over the salary cap by $5~10 million for the next two seasons or more

    • Marty Susman

      I agree with the bench mob plus Marshall. The starting group is weak in the centers spot. Gasol can’t hod his own against fast centers like Jordan, Cousins, B. Lopez, Noah meaning Gasol can’t be a starting center. As for the point, they can get the best point if available, or go for the 7 footer at center.

  • Laker Illuminati

    No free agents want to come to LA. Mitch needs to wake up! Straighten out the mind set of the front office. then we can talk about the big name free agents. Dude no big name free agent wants to come to LA.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      People have been saying that line for as long as I can remember, 35 years of being a lakers fan.

  • Daryl Peek

    Patience’s is a virtue. This FO is showing a Dr. Buss like poker face in that area. Most fans are with the fantasy GM quick trigger trades when bitching about what’s going on. I for one am glad they tune the white noise out. GO FO, GO Lakers

    • Jim213

      ? Bad moves don’t give people confidence with the inept but guess you’re cool with Pau still being around (have been since summer). Should’ve been traded sooner Dec given the team is heading in a different direction.

      I’d call Spurs, OKC, Knicks, Blazers, etc etc… He isn’t coming back next season IMO but knowing FO they’ll still believe that they could resign him like DH with the current coach at the helm. SMH

      • Daryl Peek

        The only trade of Gasol that was not executed by the FO I’d say was a bad move was for K. Love in 2011 when Minny was willing. What’s done is done. Shoulda coulda woulda revision wont help anything.

        You’d call all of those teams but that does not mean they will be willing participants, and do we absolutely know they have not already been contacted?

        • Jim213

          Still believe it can be done but don’t expect too much in return. I just view it as a bad investment (sound familiar) given his play and pay. Doubt any team would pay him more than $10 mil a year.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on Pau still being a possible trade piece. His value is diminished from what it use to be but he’s still a very desirable player to have on a roster. His numbers as a center this season are only trumped by Howard overall.

            Dig that? By the numbers (overall averages across the stat lines) he’s better than every center in the NBA except the hands down best center in the league. All of this while playing injured and under constant scrutiny coupled with the ongoing trade rumors.

            You can’t find many other centers that average 16/10/4/1.5 across the board all in one. The only numbers Pau is down in is PPG and shooting percentage. And those numbers have been risisng as he’s gotten healthier and adjusted his attitude since Kobe briefly came back.

            The only reason I’m ready to move on from Pau is all the collateral damage from over the years coupled with system fit. If the FO is thinking different HC anytime in the near future? Then Maybe keep Pau. Other than that it’s past time to move on…

      • Dragon7s

        Your single-mindedness with the FO’s “bad moves” is starting to get annoying.

        You keep posting about the FO’s ineptness yet never itemize what those bad decisions were.

        I’m confident that if you look at the moves made (or attempted, CP3 anyone?) you’ll see that they have done a tremendous job given their circumstances. And other than the ultimate anti-Laker Bill Simmons, most experts have agreed.
        Even the MDA hire, that most of the posters here bemoan, was supported/sanctioned by none other than Kobe himself!

        • Jim213

          It’s been detailed but too often to keep bringing up every time an FO post goes up. The moves of FO SPEAK for themselves as this is the result. Two things I havent seen from Kupcake since being GM.

          Acquiring his own franchise player and going after a star player or 2nd go to guy in FA. Pau was acquired through a trade but free agency requires being a good salesman. I can go on and on but it’s been mentioned too many times to keep posting. Facts speak for themselves.

          • Daryl Peek

            You keep ignoring the triangle ring chasing. Yes Phil has been gone since 2011 but that was only 2 1/2 seasons ago. As Dragon said, they have made great moves in trying to win while Kobe was still here. One move got blocked and the others (reactionary due to the block) didn’t pan out.

            I know, you’ll cite the non fit of coaching choices as Phil should have been brought back to coach Howard in every bodies mind. Phil and the Lakers were done! That was not gonna happen simply because Phil didn’t want to commit long term. (ignoring the FO beef aside)

            Again, not trading Pau for K. Love in 2011 is the only move I have a problem with but I also understand why it didn’t happen at the time. There’s always two sides to a story.

            The Blame game you play is tired. Nothing can be done to change the past. Forward thinking is what’s going on now and patience’s is need by all involved. That’s all.

          • Jim213

            Who’s talking about the past Daryl? just simply answered a post. Aside of that it’s forward thinking but unless FO’s thinking changes for the better the outlook will look bleak which goes for CLOSING OUT DEALS.

          • Daryl Peek

            IMO every time you bash the FO you’re basing it based off past moves. Every FA post you touch has that innuendo on it the way I see it. If I’m wrong about that sorry.

          • Jim213

            The proof is in the pudding. But it’s mentioning FO’s ineptness but bringing up doesn’t mean posting about past bad moves (old news). It’s reminding the masses of where the problem lies and until they prove otherwise it WON’T STOP.

          • Daryl Peek

            “mentioning FO’s ineptness. It’s reminding the masses of where the problem lies and until they prove otherwise it WON’T STOP.”

            Is that not past tense in judgement?

            Why not give them the chance to prove otherwise instead of feeding the blame game frenzy in remembrance? (which you know I disagree with as the past problem)

          • Jim213

            Just used to remind everyone until it gets thru their heads (tattooed literally). LSL mock draft funny.

          • Dragon7s

            Kupchak has been Laker GM since the ’94-’95 season (20th season).
            Lakers Finals appearances in that time? Seven (winning 5 of them, most recently in 2010)

            Yeah, he sucks.

          • Dragon7s

            And for the record, the Lakers playoff record during his time as GM:

            2012-13
            45
            37
            .549
            3
            Lost Western Conference First Round
            Brown (1-4), Bickerstaff (4-1), D’Antoni (40-32)

            2011-12
            41
            25
            .621
            1
            Lost Western Conference Semifinals
            Brown (41-25)

            2010-11
            57
            25
            .695
            1
            Lost Western Conference Semifinals
            Jackson (57-25)

            2009-10
            57
            25
            .695
            1
            Won Finals
            Jackson (57-25)

            2008-09
            65
            17
            .817
            1
            Won Finals
            Jackson (67-15)

            2007-08
            57
            25
            .695
            1
            Lost Finals
            Jackson (57-25)

            2006-07
            42
            40
            .512
            2
            Lost Western Conference First Round
            Jackson (42-40)

            2005-06
            45
            37
            .549
            3
            Lost Western Conference First Round
            Jackson (45-37)

            2004-05
            34
            48
            .415
            4

            Tomjanovich (24-19), Hamblen (10-29)

            2003-04
            56
            26
            .683
            1
            Lost Finals
            Jackson (56-26)

            2002-03
            50
            32
            .610
            2
            Lost Western Conference Semifinals
            Jackson (50-32)

            2001-02
            58
            24
            .707
            2
            Won Finals
            Jackson (58-24)

            2000-01
            56
            26
            .683
            1
            Won Finals
            Jackson (56-26)

            1999-00
            67
            15
            .817
            1
            Won Finals
            Jackson (67-15)

            1998-99
            31
            19
            .620
            2
            Lost Western Conference Semifinals
            Harris (6-6), Bertka (1-0), Rambis (24-13)

            1997-98
            61
            21
            .744
            1
            Lost Western Conference Finals
            Harris (61-21)

            1996-97
            56
            26
            .683
            2
            Lost Western Conference Semifinals
            Harris (56-26)

            1995-96
            53
            29
            .646
            2
            Lost Western Conference First Round
            Harris (53-29)

            1994-95
            48
            34
            .585
            3
            Lost Western Conference Semifinals
            Harris (48-34)

            (Sorry, that didn’t copy and paste very well but you get the point I’m sure.)

          • Jim213

            Lets be thankful that Jerry West was around to set the team up for success. But it’s Kupcake’s turn now. How’s Jerry West doing in Golden State you ask? Pretty good I’d say just as upper management has mentioned. SMH

          • Dragon7s

            While it’s true West was there to help early on in Kupchak’s career, Mitch took over full GM duties in 2000.when West left.
            Still an impressive record during that time since wouldn’t you say?

          • Jim213

            Given West set up the team for long term success Mitch had it easy. But it’s time to prove himself not while filling holes and gaps IMO.

  • Thelakers1

    players are choosing money over prestige and its not Mitch’s or the lakers fault. They are hosed by their states ignorant tax policies…. I guess you could put it on the league for not taking the state income tax into factor when they made their salary cap policy. But either way CA is driving players away from going to the california… if you don’t believe me, 3 good examples are Dwight, Phil, and Tiger. Phil hasn’t left yet but is on his way out.

    • Juw

      What about Albert Pujos and Josh Hamilton signing with the Angels for a major money making deals?Or what about Clayton Kershaw signing a crazy deal with the Dodgers?Or what about Chris Paul getting paid over $100 million dollars from the Clippers?Or what about Doc Rivers being paid all that money to coach the LA Clippers?

      Many people are willing to pay California state taxes in order to play in LA.The Lakers just have got to sell the free agents on coming and playing long term with them.Thay is all.

      • C Petre

        If the Lakers started to care about cap space and going over the luxury tax, then they should have thought about that before they gave $49.5 million to Kobe. Mitch could have easily pitched 1. Pay cut to spend more money on players to help win a ring 2. Kobe doesn’t want to go to any other team besides the Lakers 3. We had time to sign him to an extension before the deadline because his performance doesn’t show he is worth $49.5 million deal.

        • Daryl Peek

          There are different layers at work with the signing of Kobe at that pay scale. One is sending a message to other superstars about how the Lakers treat theirs. Another is gaining the fan bases confidence to ensure ticket sales as we transition out of the Kobe era without Dr. Buss. Kobe is the stabilizer right now from a perception stand point and paying him was essential.

          • Dragon7s

            And the final layer is that even with his signing (one of the top FA’s available next season btw), there is enough cap room to put together a very competitive roster as long as the money is spent on the right combo of players (read: not shooting their whole load on a “superstar” max. player).

          • kobe24

            Lets not forget to add if Lakers trade Pau Gasol (and can get under the salary cap) and don’t spend too much during FA of 2014 they can go over the salary cap

  • Ramon Arroyo

    C-Paul Gasol

    PF-Kevin Love

    F-Carmelo

    SG-Kobe

    G-Farmar

    Nick Young
    Xavier Henry
    Jordan Hill
    Robert Sacre
    Nash

    • kobe24

      You know, you might as well add place in Kyrie Irving for PG instead of Farmar, and add Rondo as 6th man and Lebron as our cheer leader.

      Be freaking realistic

      • C Petre

        Realistically, Nash could retire at the end of the year giving us $9 million more to work with, which I hope happens since his body can not do another season unless he is strapped for cash. Pau could take a pay cut. Kevin Love could come to the Lakers, but I would stay with the Timberwolves (Martin, Rubio, Pekovic… thats a playoff team almost bound to happen)… And Carmelo Anthony is trash, him and Kobe would not go well together at all.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I won’t believe until i see it is my approach when it comes to free agency,trades,draft speculation.TBH i could sit here 24/7 all day long saying Lakers need to sign LeBron James or whoever it might be and that won’t make a difference.We could all sit here saying draft Joel Embiid and the Lakers might draft Andrew Wiggins instead it really doesn’t matter what we say.Fantasy GM is Clippers Darrell not Lakers fans.We are above Darell IMO.Go with the flow.

    • kobe24

      Might as well talk about something that will get the mood better here. Man if we didn’t have a 1st round draft pick….that would be so depressing

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    At the end of the day, the games keep coming — we’re just going to go out there, give it everything we got. There’s no tanking. None of that. We’re going to go out there and give 150 percent. When people in Chicago say ‘Chicago Bulls,’ I want people in Chicago to be proud of that. Even if there’s four guys hurt, guys are hurt, no matter who’s out, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to give 150 percent, win or lose. I know people in this city are proud of that.” – Jokim Noah

    These are the kind of players we need on the Lakers

    • C Petre

      We do have players like that, although Lakers are proud of their team, just we demand a lot from management in terms of winning at all costs. That is what the Lakers are known for and building dynasties of basketball teams. Honestly: 1. Remove Jim Buss 2. Get rid of D’Antoni 3. Jeanie Buss in charge of Lakers 4. Phil Jackson as an adviser to the Lakers, as he knows the team and can advise which coach would best suit the Lakers needs and play style

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        While i agree with most of what you said – it is fantasy and will never happen unfortunately. Phil is gone and not coming back – we all gotta begrudgingly accept that. MDA was little jimmy’s buddy so getting rid of him will be a hard sell. I would love to see George Karl coach our team to be honest.

        And CMON MAN – we don’t have players with that kind of heart + leadership the floor right now. Name one. Jodie Meeks is the only player im proud of in that regard.

        • Dragon7s

          We most definitely have players with heart although I’ll agree that there is a lack of leadership but you can’t really blame the younger players.
          They don’t have the experience to command the type of respect it takes to assume leadership of the team with Kobe (and to a lesser extent, Blake and Farmar) out.
          Of the active (read: non-injured) players on the team, only Gasol and Kaman could command that type of respect and unfortunately, it’s not in Gasol’s makeup to be that type of leader and Kaman doesn’t have a big enough role to command that type of respect?

          • Daryl Peek

            Exactly! Pau is a career #2 on a team that needs him to be #1 with Kobe out. If you notice Gasol leans on a wing player to lead. He started to develop that with Young for a few games and even had that going with Marshall in flashes. Young is not a leader type and Marshall does not have the equity as a NBA player to be that, but I do see the traits in Marshall to become that. Unfortunately not quick enough to help this Lakers roster as it currently stands.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            That is all true. But so is this – without leadership there is no chance we find the stability to string together consistent performances.

          • Dragon7s

            Wholeheartedly agree!

            Your point goes to what I said however, and that is that our ‘leaders’ are on the injured list and not on the court where we need them.
            It’s not a lack of leadership on the roster, it’s a lack of leadership on the floor.

  • The Little General

    No superstar free agents are going to sign with the Lakers as long as lame ass Mike Antoni is coaching.Yeah it’s true Rick Fox is in the media pushing for Phil Jackson to coach the Lakers again.Mike Antoni coaches no D and he is a loser that no superstars want to come to LA and play for him.Antoni should be FIRED!

  • J Taylor

    If Melo wants to come to LA and play for $20M per season, so be it.
    Otherwise, there isn’t much superstar power in the market to help the team in 2014.
    Deng is a good contributor and worth $12M, but overall, the rest of the field is filled with mid-tier talent. Spending the near $30M the Lakers will have available will be harder than it seems and Pau might be brought back as a $8M 6th man.

    If Melo doesn’t come to LA, jiggering the contracts to have enough trade value or cap space available for Love in 2015, and Durant in 2016 will be tricky.

    • C Petre

      Melo + D’Antoni= Don’t Mix

      Carmelo played for D’Antoni in New York when they had a healthy Chauncey Billups, and Amare Stoudemire when he was in the last years of his prime and they still couldn’t win a ring.

  • MDA The Anti Hero

    Kevin Love is a longshot to come to the Lakers since MDA hates featuring big men in his offense.Also MDA hates post up players slowing down his fast paced offense.Take into account MDA won’t want Joel Embiid on draft night instead he will encourage Mitch Kupchak to draft Andrew Wiggins since he is a open court player who thrives in the end to end fast paced game much like Michael Jordan.

    • Dragon7s

      You obviously are not familiar with Love’s talents.

    • Daryl Peek

      Amare Stoudamire was a fairly decent post up player for D’Antoni in Phoenix. Does he want twin towers? NO but no team outside of the Griz and Pistons are running that style and Phil didn’t either. Phil opted for the stretch 4 (LO with Gasol) more often then the twin tower power of Bynum and Gasol.

  • Kaka

    Firing Mike D’Antoni is the only way the Lakers get Kevin Love or any worthwhile free agent.Not many star players will ever want to play for Mike D’Antoni.Lakers have become the biggest joke in the NBA under the MDA tenure.Go away MDA.

    • Dragon7s

      Love’s game is tailor-made for D’Antoni’s system.
      I’m not sure why you would say that.

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        To be real man – the Lakers don’t need a system imposed on them by a guy who has never won – even with a superstar team and an MVP he couldn’t put together a valid defensive strategy to get to the finals. We would be better off tailoring our game to the individual strengths of our guys and just letting them go out there and figure each other out.

        These are NBA ballers – not a high school team.

        • Daryl Peek

          I gotta disagree with you here. The goal is to break away from the triangle and begin to develop young players. This was the thought process in the Brown hire and is what D’Antoni is better at then even coach Popovich.

          Whether or not MDA can win the big one remains to be seen. just as it did for the likes of a Larry Brown or does for a George Karl, Jerry Sloan, Rick Addleman, ETC…

          MDA is perfect for what the Lakers are mired in right now. This day was coming sooner or later like it or not. The triangle had run it’s course. Phil was worn out in 2011 and the FO needed to move in a new direction. I give them credit for having the balls and vision to try and think beyond Phil in looking to reinvent the Lakers. Their plan didn’t work. Timing couldn’t have been worse given the new CBA climate. Many blame Jimmy for this also but what else could’ve been done? Change was at the forefront and moves had to be made right away.

          I’m no D’Antoni fan but his style of basketball can keep seats filled and be in contention if he has the right players. This is where we are at an impasse. Letting go of the past coupled with remnant of it financially has us stuck right now. Perceptions/rumors rule the day because of this. It’s impossible to see a clear direction given these factors but patience’s is the only cure, good or bad at the end of the day.

          • Dragon7s

            I would add a couple of things to what you said Daryl.
            One, MDA’s system is used virtually league-wide at this point although few here are willing to see that, and as you’ve pointed out in previous posts.
            Two, one of the reasons the triangle had run it’s course is the ever-increasing athletic abilities of players coming into the league in recent seasons.

            And one more for good measure. The main reason the Lakers find themselves in this position was the desire to ‘win one more’ for for Dr. Buss before he passed.
            So the Lakers went out, overspent, and signed Nash (very good the season prior to signing) and DH, new CBA be damned.
            It was a calculated risk that didn’t pan out for a myriad of reasons.

          • Daryl Peek

            Completely agree! Something I’ve been battling with others here on but they continue to hold it against the FO.

  • Goptes

    My dream for 2015:

    PG: Eric Bledsoe ( free agent 2015)
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    SF: Loul Deng or W. Johnson(but i would rather prefer good defender like Artest)
    PF: Kevin Love (free agent 2015)
    C: Andre Drummond ( we need some RIM PROTECTOR, i would try to accomplish trade for Gasol and Kaman)

    BENCH:
    PG: Farmar, Marshall
    SG: Young,
    SF: Jabari Parker, Xavier Henry
    PF: Jordan Hill or Greg Monroe
    C: Robert Sacre

  • Baad

    Kevin Love+Andrew Wiggins+Healthy Kobe+Experienced Marshall+Gortat look out.

    • Dragon7s

      I could live with that line-up but seriously doubt Wiggins will still be on the board when the Lakers draft.

  • Baad

    D’Antoni must be fired to execute the ultimate Jimmy Boy Buss+Kobe 6th Ring.

  • Lakers Homer

    WTF?This mean the Lakers want to tank next season also.since he might not add any free agents in 2014 and he will make some excuse in 2015 not to get Kevin Love in free agency,.I am not seeing any signs that these FO guys are anything like Jerry Buss and Jerry West instead they seem more like Donald Sterling and Elgin Baylor when it comes to making FO decisions.Don’t speculate too much since they will disappoint you every time inept at every way possible.FO incompetent.

    Lakers 2014-2015

    PG Kendall Marshall.Steve Blake,Jordan Farmar
    SG Kobe Bryant,Nick Young
    SF Wes Johnson,Rodney Hood
    PF Jordan Hill,Ryan Kelly
    C Pau Gasol,Robert Sacre,Chris Caman

    • Dragon7s

      Unfortunately, it’s the new reality given the restrictive nature of the CBA.

      Jerry West, with Dr. Buss’s blessing, never had that type of restriction.
      I say give the FO a chance…Kupchak’s no dummy and he learned at the knee of the Logo. ;)

  • Guest

    Seriously, I hope we pass on Melo. People need to realize we need a well balanced team. Given that we’ll probably end up picking at 9 or 10, a strong role player like Zach Lavine/Noah Vonleh/Garry Harris would be suitable, followed by KLove in ’15.

    2015 should be another year to rebuild. Patience.

    Not to mention that Phil Jackson PR stunt. He’ll be back in 15′. I’m sure players will be attracted to that alone.

    • Daryl Peek

      I’m not high on pairing Kobe with Melo but imaging them two with a dominant defensive center that does not need low post touches? It would work IMO.

      • Dragon7s

        Exactly! Bringing in a strong interior defender has to be the first priority, then they can consider whether to offer Melo a contract. (I would assume Melo is thinking the same thing.)

  • Alex Shahparnia

    Seriously, I hope we pass on Melo. Given that we’ll be picking up the 8-10th pick, a strong role player/future starter such as Zach Lavine/Dario Saric/Will Cauley-Stein/Aaron Gordon could all be great pickups. Wishful thinking that we’ll continue to lose gracefully and land in the 5-7 pick area, and Marcus Smart could suddenly become an option.

    Grab K-Love, fill in the gaps with useful players, and in 15 and we’ll be playoff contenders.

    Not to mention that PR stunt with Phil Jackson. Laker org knew these next two years would be weak. They’ll bring him back in 2015.

    Continue to rebuild in ’14. Patience.

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    Kobe, Jordan, Deng, Love, Marshall, Swaggy, Farmar, Henry and Mr. Parker ( once we get that ping pong ball ) !

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